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
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesAnnual Meadow-grassPoa annua07/05/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior07/05/2016
    WildflowersBalmMelissa officinalis07/05/2016
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBee FlyBombylius major07/05/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBeechFagus sylvatica07/05/2016
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara07/05/2016
    WildflowersBlack BryonyDioscorea communis07/05/2016
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina07/05/2016
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula07/05/2016
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla07/05/2016
    WildflowersBluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta07/05/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.07/05/2016
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius07/05/2016
    WildflowersBroad-leaved WillowherbEpilobium montanum07/05/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsBroad Buckler FernDryopteris dilatata07/05/2016
    WildflowersBrooklimeVeronica beccabunga07/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris07/05/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersButterfly-bushBuddleja davidii07/05/2016
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs07/05/2016
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine07/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata07/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum07/05/2016
    Mosses & LiverwortsCommon Feather-mossKindbergia praelonga07/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon Field-speedwellVeronica persica07/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon GroundselSenecio vulgaris07/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica07/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris07/05/2016
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Rough WoodlousePorcellio scaber07/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa07/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon Water-crowfootRanunculus aquatilis07/05/2016