Great Merrible Wood

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 104


    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
    The MagpieAbraxas grossulariata31/07/2018Roger Buxton
    ChaffinchFringilla coelebs23/06/2018AJ Cann
    BlackbirdTurdus merula23/06/2018AJ Cann
    HornetVespa crabro23/06/2018AJ Cann
    Alosterna tabacicolor23/06/2018AJ Cann
    Ash Bud MothPrays fraxinella23/06/2018AJ Cann
    Common Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva23/06/2018AJ Cann
    Enchanter's-nightshadeCircaea lutetiana23/06/2018AJ Cann
    Large SkipperOchlodes sylvanus23/06/2018AJ Cann
    Leptopterna dolabrata23/06/2018AJ Cann
    Middle-barred MinorOligia fasciuncula23/06/2018AJ Cann
    Silver-ground CarpetXanthorhoe montanata23/06/2018AJ Cann
    The VapourerOrgyia antiqua23/06/2018AJ Cann
    Thyme-leaved SpeedwellVeronica serpyllifolia23/06/2018AJ Cann
    Wood MilletMilium effusum12/05/2018AJ 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
    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 buteo01/06/2013
    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
    BugsLeptopterna dolabrata23/06/2018
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines12/05/2018
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus23/06/2018
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria12/05/2018
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi12/05/2018
    CranefliesLimonia phragmitidis12/05/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum25/07/2015
    Ferns & HorsetailsGreat HorsetailEquisetum telmateia25/07/2015