Great Merrible Wood

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Managed By
    Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 134


    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
    Scarlet ElfcupSarcoscypha austriaca16/03/
    Aphanus rolandri14/11/2018AJ Cann
    Neanura muscorum14/11/2018AJ Cann
    Lemon DiscoBisporella citrina14/11/2018AJ Cann
    Lepidocyrtus lignorum14/11/2018AJ Cann
    Neriene montana14/11/2018AJ Cann
    Pogonognathellus longicornis14/11/2018AJ Cann
    Snowy DiscoLachnum virgineum14/11/2018AJ Cann
    Liposthenes glechomae23/08/2018martindgrimes
    Psyllopsis fraxini agg.23/08/2018roy lemmon
    Diatrype stigma23/08/2018roy lemmon
    Elder WhitewashHyphodontia sambuci23/08/2018roy lemmon
    Crystal Brain FungusExidia nucleata23/08/2018roy lemmon
    Spangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum23/08/2018roy lemmon
    Oak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari23/08/2018roy lemmon

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa12/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus curvator23/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari23/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera12/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.25/07/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsLiposthenes glechomae23/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus23/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum23/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro23/06/2018
    BeetlesAlosterna tabacicolor23/06/2018
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis12/05/2018
    BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis12/05/2018
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva23/06/2018
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo08/06/2013
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus12/05/2018
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula12/05/2018
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs12/05/2018
    BirdsRed KiteMilvus milvus30/01/2016
    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
    BugsAphanus rolandri14/11/2018
    BugsCalocoris alpestris12/05/2018
    BugsHarpocera thoracica12/05/2018
    BugsLeptopterna dolabrata23/06/2018
    BugsPsyllopsis fraxini agg.23/08/2018