Fishpond Plantation

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 121


    In 2004 Fishpond Plantation was bought by the Parish Council on behalf of the village with villagers’ donations and grants from Leicestershire County Council and Charnwood Borough Council. The Plantation is close to the centre of the village and covers 1.6 hectares; all that remains of a larger wood. There has been woodland here for at least 300 years, probably due to the area being quarried for gypsum and then being unsuitable for agriculture. The ponds are thought to be remnants of the quarry pits. The present area of the wood was clear felled during World War II because it was in line with the north-south runway of Wymeswold Airfield. So now the woodland comprises many self-sown sycamores, ash, wych elm and beech, with an understory of yew and holly at the northeastern end around the ponds. 

    Wildlife Highlights

    There is a succession of woodland flowers including snowdrops, celandines, violets, wood anemones and bluebells. To date, surveys of flora have found over 60 species.  More than 30 species of birds have also been observed.  The Plantation is also known to be the home for amphibians including the Great Crested Newt.

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    WrenTroglodytes troglodytes17/04/2019Catherine Thomson
    PrimrosePrimula vulgaris17/04/2019Catherine Thomson
    Wood Forget-me-notMyosotis sylvatica17/04/2019Catherine Thomson
    Field MapleAcer campestre07/05/2016Catherine Thomson
    Norway MapleAcer platanoides07/05/2016Catherine Thomson
    SycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus07/05/2016Catherine Thomson
    Horse-chestnutAesculus hippocastanum07/05/2016Catherine Thomson
    Creeping BentAgrostis stolonifera07/05/2016Catherine Thomson
    Garlic MustardAlliaria petiolata07/05/2016Catherine Thomson
    Scarlet PimpernelLysimachia arvensis07/05/2016Catherine Thomson
    Cow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris07/05/2016Catherine Thomson
    Lesser BurdockArctium minus07/05/2016Catherine Thomson
    Lords-and-LadiesArum maculatum07/05/2016Catherine Thomson
    Hart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium07/05/2016Catherine Thomson
    False-bromeBrachypodium sylvaticum07/05/2016Catherine Thomson

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva07/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa07/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena scotica07/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius07/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum07/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris07/05/2016
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos07/05/2016
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus07/05/2016
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula07/05/2016
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs07/05/2016
    BirdsTawny OwlStrix aluco30/01/2013
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla07/05/2016
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes07/05/2016
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula07/05/2016
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria07/05/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesLarge Red DamselflyPyrrhosoma nymphula07/05/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium07/05/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsBroad Buckler FernDryopteris dilatata07/05/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsMale-fernDryopteris filix-mas07/05/2016
    FliesBee FlyBombylius major07/05/2016
    FliesHolly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis07/05/2016
    FungiDryad's SaddlePolyporus squamosus07/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCreeping BentAgrostis stolonifera07/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse-bromeBrachypodium sylvaticum07/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPendulous SedgeCarex pendula07/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata07/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTufted Hair-grassDeschampsia cespitosa07/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesReed Sweet-grassGlyceria maxima07/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus07/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesAnnual Meadow-grassPoa annua07/05/2016