Hicks Lodge, Shellbrook Wood and Newfields Wood
- Selected Wild Place = PINK
- Other Wild Places = RED
- Public Rights of Way = GREEN
- VC55 boundary = BLUE
From Ashby Road take Willesley Woodside. The carpark for Hicks Lodge is on the right.
There is no public transport to this site.
Total species seen at this site: 984
Hicks Lodge is a former coal mining site that have been totally transformed by landscape reclamation projects and it is now the home of the National Forest Cycle Centre. The site also includes Shellbrook Wood and Newfields Wood, and together these sites offer some of the most ecologically interesting habitats found within the Heart of the National Forest. The site includes a network of both cycling and walking trails, and has a lake with a birdwatching hide.
The cycling centre has a cafe and toilets.
The site includes several habitats, including dry heath, and supports a wide range of fungi, wildflowers and invertebrates. Common Lizards and Grass Snakes can be seen and the lake has produced a number of interesting bird records, including Jack Snipe.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Migrant Hawker||Aeshna mixta||05/10/2019||Roger Collier|
|Fly Agaric||Amanita muscaria||02/10/2019||Frank Bedford|
|Iron Prominent||Notodonta dromedarius||04/09/2019||sue|
|Small Red-eyed Damselfly||Erythromma viridulum||04/09/2019||sue|
|Buff Birch Case-bearer||Coleophora milvipennis||04/09/2019||sue|
|Crested Bent-Wing||Bucculatrix cristatella||04/09/2019||sue|
|Muntjac||Muntiacus reevesi||17/07/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Common Birch Pigmy||Stigmella betulicola||01/07/2019||sue|