Great Merrible Wood

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 84

    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.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Wood MilletMilium effusum12/05/2018AJ Cann
    Dicyrtoma fusca12/05/2018AJ Cann
    Tomocerus minor12/05/2018AJ Cann
    Isotomurus pseudopalustris12/05/2018AJ Cann
    Lepidocyrtus lignorum12/05/2018AJ Cann
    Orchesella cincta12/05/2018AJ Cann
    Pogonognathellus longicornis12/05/2018AJ Cann
    Entomobrya albocincta12/05/2018AJ Cann
    Entomobrya nivalis12/05/2018AJ Cann
    Deuterosminthurus pallipes12/05/2018AJ Cann
    Lords-and-LadiesArum maculatum12/05/2018AJ Cann
    AshFraxinus excelsior12/05/2018AJ Cann
    BlackcapSylvia atricapilla12/05/2018AJ Cann
    BlackbirdTurdus merula12/05/2018AJ Cann
    Bramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.12/05/2018AJ Cann
    Managed By
    Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa12/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera12/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.25/07/2015
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis12/05/2018
    BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis12/05/2018
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo08/06/2013
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus12/05/2018
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula12/05/2018
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs12/05/2018
    BirdsRed KiteMilvus milvus06/07/2013
    BirdsGreat TitParus major12/05/2018
    BirdsPheasantPhasianus colchicus12/05/2018
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita12/05/2018
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla12/05/2018
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes12/05/2018
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula12/05/2018
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos12/05/2018
    BugsCalocoris alpestris12/05/2018
    BugsHarpocera thoracica12/05/2018
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines12/05/2018
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria12/05/2018
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi12/05/2018
    CranefliesEpiphragma ocellare12/05/2018
    CranefliesLimonia phragmitidis12/05/2018
    CranefliesRhipidia maculata12/05/2018
    CranefliesTipula varipennis12/05/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum25/07/2015
    Ferns & HorsetailsGreat HorsetailEquisetum telmateia25/07/2015
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesSt Mark's FlyBibio marci12/05/2018
    FungiCalloria neglecta24/03/2018