Jubilee Way (Stathern to Belvoir)

    Wildlife Highlights

    The main tree species include deciduous Oak, Beech, Sycamore, Ash, Sweet Chestnut, and Silver Birch together with conifers such as Scots Pine and Larch. At the eastern end of this section the Jubilee Way crosses open parkland with magnificent planted specimen trees of Monkey-puzzle (pictured) and Wellingtonia. In the woods the under-storey shrubs include Portugal Laurel, Rhododendron, Holly, Ivy, Snowberry and Yew, and the ground cover includes extensive patches of bramble and bracken. Wildflowers include carpets of Bluebell that flower in April to June.

     

     

    Grey Squirrels are the only mammal regularly seen in the woods. Ravens and other corvids, Red Kite and Buzzard are often seen over the woods, Peregrine has been reported together with Hobby in the summer months. Most of the common woodland species are resident including five species of tit, finches, Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Goldcrest, these are augmented in winter months by Brambling and Lesser Redpoll. However many of these woodland species live and feed high in the canopy and as a consequence they can be difficult to see whilst the trees are in leaf. Considerable numbers of Pheasant are reared for the local shoot.

    Most of the usual butterfly species have been recorded especially Speckled Wood. In the autumn fungi are abundant with 25 species recorded, so examine any fallen tree trunks, branches or stumps.

     

     

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 299

    Description

    The Jubilee Way was opened in 1977, to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. This twenty-mile walk starts farther south in Leicestershire and passes through Melton Mowbray on its way northwards to the Vale of Belvoir. It ends just east of Belvoir Castle at Woolsthorpe where it links with another long distance path - the Viking Way.

    This four-mile long section of the Jubilee Way runs from Stathern north-eastwards to Belvoir and forms a bridleway through the woods of the Belvoir Estate. The woods run along a steep north-facing ridge and so the route affords spectacular views out across the Vale of Belvoir to Nottingham, Newark and beyond. In the winter months the track can get quite muddy in places.

    These woods have traditionally been used as a sustainable timber resource, as demonstrated by their maturity and diversity. The area is particularly sensitive for wildlife, and visitors with dogs are requested to keep them on a lead and walkers should stick to the track at all times. The route is clearly marked by posts with the Jubilee Way (Orb) symbol.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Golden Pigmy agg.Stigmella aurella agg.15/04/2019Steve Mathers
    Bordered CarlCoptotriche marginea15/04/2019Steve Mathers
    Golden Pigmy agg.Stigmella aurella agg.15/04/2019Steve Mathers
    Bordered CarlCoptotriche marginea15/04/2019Steve Mathers
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines15/04/2019Steve Mathers
    Harlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis15/04/2019Steve Mathers
    ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita15/04/2019Steve Mathers
    Ground-ivyGlechoma hederacea15/04/2019Steve Mathers
    7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata15/04/2019Steve Mathers
    Red CampionSilene dioica15/04/2019Steve Mathers
    Great TitParus major15/04/2019Steve Mathers
    Dog's MercuryMercurialis perennis15/04/2019Steve Mathers
    ChaffinchFringilla coelebs15/04/2019Steve Mathers
    Yellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria15/04/2019Steve Mathers
    Stock DoveColumba oenas15/04/2019Steve Mathers
    Further Information

    Details of the sustainable management of the Belvoir Woods can be found at:

    http://www.belvoircastle.com

    A frre download of a pdf describing the entire Jubilee Way long-distance walk can be found at:

    https://www.ldwa.org.uk/ldp/downloads/JubileeWay-download.pdf

    Getting There

    This part of the Vale of Belvoir is best accessed via Melton Mowbray onto the A607 towards Grantham, turning left at either Waltham on the Wolds, or at Croxton Kerrial, and then proceed along local roads. Parking is available on Wood Lane at Terrace Hills [SK797320] which is located about halfway along this stretch of the Jubilee Way, or park in the village of Stathern and walk up Toft’s Lane to join the track at SK783308.

    Managed By
    The woodlands are owned and managed by the Belvoir Estate

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria08/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria06/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva06/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius16/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.16/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum30/07/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris22/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris30/09/2016
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata15/10/2016
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis16/05/2017
    BeetlesBarynotus moerens01/05/2017
    BeetlesCantharis decipiens01/05/2017
    BeetlesCantharis nigricans16/05/2017
    BeetlesCantharis pellucida16/05/2017
    BeetlesChrysolina polita16/05/2017
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata22/04/2017
    BeetlesOrange LadybirdHalyzia sedecimguttata15/10/2016
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis15/04/2019
    BeetlesStrawberry Seed BeetleHarpalus rufipes08/08/2015
    BeetlesThick-legged Flower BeetleIschnomera cyanea01/05/2017
    BeetlesLeistus rufomarginatus28/02/2017
    BeetlesLeistus spinibarbis11/03/2017
    BeetlesPollen BeetleMeligethes aeneus02/04/2015
    BeetlesRed-breasted Carrion BeetleOiceoptoma thoracicum16/05/2016
    BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis16/05/2017
    BeetlesSilpha atrata11/03/2017
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus28/02/2017
    BirdsSkylarkAlauda arvensis16/05/2018
    BirdsRed-legged PartridgeAlectoris rufa08/04/2015