Hicks Lodge, Shellbrook Wood and Newfields Wood

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Getting There

    From Ashby Road take Willesley Woodside. The carpark for Hicks Lodge is on the right.

    There is no public transport to this site.

    Managed By
    Forestry England
    Wild places

    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.

    Wildlife Highlights

    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.

    Further Information


    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo12/03/2017
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris15/03/2017
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria04/06/2012
    AmphibiansGreat Crested NewtTriturus cristatus22/05/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAncistrocerus gazella12/07/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAncistrocerus trifasciatus09/08/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena bicolor30/04/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena chrysosceles27/05/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria27/05/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsClarke's Mining BeeAndrena clarkella26/03/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa30/04/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena labialis27/05/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena minutula26/03/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nigroaenea30/04/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nitida26/03/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena subopaca26/03/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari27/07/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola27/07/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera30/04/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAulacidea hieracii15/07/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum12/07/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius06/07/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum27/05/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris18/08/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCherry Gall WaspCynips quercusfolii18/08/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSputnik Gall WaspDiplolepis nervosa27/07/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae09/08/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEctemnius continuus09/08/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHalictus rubicundus27/05/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBronze Furrow BeeHalictus tumulorum30/04/2012