Owston Wood

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 170


    This 141 hectare site is Leicestershire's largest semi-natural ancient woodland. It has been a Site of Special scientific Interest (SSSI) since 1956. It is managed by the Forestry Commission who are restoring the woodland to the traditional broadleaf habitat that existed centuries ago as part of the 'Ancient Woodlands Plan'. This involves removing planted conifers and allowing native trees to regenerate and eventually reintroducing coppicing.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Macrargus rufus07/09/2018AJ Cann
    Aceria macrorhyncha07/09/2018AJ Cann
    Conomelus anceps07/09/2018AJ Cann
    Entomobrya albocincta07/09/2018AJ Cann
    Entomobrya nivalis07/09/2018AJ Cann
    Linyphia hortensis07/09/2018AJ Cann
    Linyphia triangularis07/09/2018AJ Cann
    Metellina segmentata07/09/2018AJ Cann
    Orchesella cincta07/09/2018AJ Cann
    Sycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum07/09/2018AJ Cann
    Tomocerus minor07/09/2018AJ Cann
    Silver-washed FritillaryArgynnis paphia23/07/2018Barry Ingram
    Rutpela maculata26/06/2018Barry Ingram
    Lesser SpearwortRanunculus flammula20/06/2018Roger Buxton
    Bush VetchVicia sepium20/06/2018Roger Buxton
    Getting There

    At the moment, to protect sensitive areas, the only public access is along the Leicestershire Round long distance footpath that crosses from north to south.

    Managed By
    Forestry Enterprises (Forestry Commission)

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRam's-horn Gall WaspAndricus aries14/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari14/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum14/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris14/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris14/06/2018
    BeetlesAnaspis frontalis14/06/2018
    BeetlesBembidion lampros14/06/2018
    BeetlesCantharis nigra14/06/2018
    BeetlesCantharis pellucida14/06/2018
    BeetlesWasp BeetleClytus arietis14/06/2018
    BeetlesSnail HunterCychrus caraboides14/06/2018
    BeetlesGrammoptera ruficornis14/06/2018
    BeetlesHedobia imperialis14/06/2018
    BeetlesLiophloeus tessulatus14/06/2018
    BeetlesCommon Malachite BeetleMalachius bipustulatus14/06/2018
    BeetlesMalthodes minimus14/06/2018
    BeetlesNebria brevicollis14/06/2018
    BeetlesPhilonthus decorus14/06/2018
    BeetlesNettle WeevilPhyllobius pomaceus14/06/2018
    BeetlesPterostichus nigrita14/06/2018
    BeetlesRhagium mordax09/05/2003
    BeetlesRutpela maculata14/06/2018
    BeetlesStenocorus meridianus14/06/2018
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo14/06/2018
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus28/04/2018
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs14/06/2018
    BirdsRed KiteMilvus milvus14/06/2018
    BirdsGreat TitParus major14/06/2018
    BirdsCoal TitPeriparus ater28/04/2018
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita14/06/2018