Great Merrible Wood

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 16

Description

The wood, which covers 12 ha, is owned by the Wildlife Trust and is part of the Eye Brook Valley Woods Site of Special Scientific Interest. The site is a good example of modified ancient woodland with its 'layers' of canopy, shrub and herbs and, is part of the east Leicestershire ancient woodland complex. It has a wonderful show of bluebells in spring. The wood also has populations of unusual species such as herb paris, broadleaved helleborine and violet helleborine. It has reputedly the most varied fungus flora of any wood in Leicestershire. The wood is a breeding place for various common woodland birds and a refuge and feeding place for badgers, foxes, deer and various small mammals. A number of first county records of invertebrate species have been made in the wood.

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Managed By
Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust