Pickworth Great Wood

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    Getting There

    The wood is just to the south of the village of Clipsham, along Holywell Road.

    Managed By
    The Forestry Commission
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 280

    Description

    Pickworth Great Wood is one of the largest remaining blocks of deciduous woodland in Leicestershire and Rutland and is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The wood occupies an undulating hilltop site on the Rutland/Lincolnshire border and lies mainly on rich, heavy clay soils where drainage is locally impeded.

    Wildlife Highlights

    Ash-maple woodland was the original stand type in most parts of the wood with ash-wych elm stands in the wetter hollows. Areas of these stand types still exist despite widespread 20th century plantings of ash, silver birch

    Betula pendula and pedunculate oak Quercus robur. There are stands containing aspen Populus tremula and wild service tree Sorbus torminalis along the southern boundary of the wood. The density and age of the shrub layer varies considerably. Species present include hazel Corylus avellana, midland hawthorn Crataegus laevigata and privet Ligustrum vulgare. The ground flora is species-rich and varies immensely throughout the wood. Dominants include dog’s mercury Mercuralis perennis, tufted hair-grass Deschampsia cespitosa, ramsons Allium ursinum, meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria, water avens Geum rivale and bramble Rubus fruticosus. Less common species include creeping-jenny Lysimachia nummularia, herb paris Paris quadrifolia, great wood-rush Luzula sylvatica and greater butterfly orchid. 

    The wood has a rich invertebrate fauna which has not been fully investigated, but 150 species of moth have already been recorded. The woodland breeding bird community is diverse and includes tawny owl, nightingale, woodcock and woodpeckers.

     

     

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    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Purple EmperorApatura iris18/07/2021Katebush5
    Bay CupPeziza badia27/05/2021martindgrimes
    Melampsora euphorbiae27/05/2021roy lemmon
    Stenacis euonymi27/05/2021roy lemmon
    Red Pustule GallAceria aceriscampestris27/05/2021roy lemmon
    Dasineura ulmaria27/05/2021roy lemmon
    Pale Bramble RustKuehneola uredinis27/05/2021roy lemmon
    Oak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari27/05/2021roy lemmon
    Eriophyes similis27/05/2021roy lemmon
    Spangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum27/05/2021roy lemmon
    Silk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis27/05/2021roy lemmon
    Epitrimerus trilobus22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Phragmidium bulbosum22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Dasineura pustulans22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Dasineura ulmaria22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Puccinia glechomatis22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Dasineura urticae22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Iteomyia capreae22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Iteomyia major22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Puccinia lagenophorae22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Puccinia lapsanae22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Violet Bramble RustPhragmidium violaceum22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Oak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Silk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Smooth Spangle GallNeuroterus albipes22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Oyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Oak MildewErysiphe alphitoides22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Erysiphe adunca22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Erysiphe tortilis22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Erysiphe ulmariae22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Podosphaera epilobii22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Coleosporium tussilaginis22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Melampsora populnea22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Pucciniastrum circaeae22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Venturia maculiformis22/09/2020roy lemmon
    Shaggy Ink CapCoprinus comatus22/09/2020roy lemmon
    BittersweetSolanum dulcamara13/09/2020martindgrimes
    Fairy FlaxLinum catharticum13/09/2020martindgrimes
    Elephant Hawk-mothDeilephila elpenor06/09/2020martindgrimes
    Common Dog-violetViola riviniana06/09/2020martindgrimes
    Field MadderSherardia arvensis06/09/2020martindgrimes
    BrackenPteridium aquilinum06/09/2020martindgrimes
    Common DarterSympetrum striolatum23/08/2020hughes.s16@sky.com
    Red KiteMilvus milvus23/08/2020hughes.s16@sky.com
    Red AdmiralVanessa atalanta23/08/2020hughes.s16@sky.com
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria23/08/2020hughes.s16@sky.com
    Small WhitePieris rapae23/08/2020hughes.s16@sky.com
    Rabdophaga rosaria20/06/2020steven lewis
    Band-Eyed Brown HorseflyTabanus bromius20/06/2020steven lewis
    Sphaerophoria20/06/2020steven lewis

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAcalitus rudis15/06/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsRed Pustule GallAceria aceriscampestris27/05/2021
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria dispar17/07/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria labiatiflorae31/07/2016
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria macrochela15/06/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria sanguisorbae06/05/2019
    MothsYellow HornedAchlya flavicornis28/02/2009
    MothsTufted ButtonAcleris cristana19/03/2005
    MothsLichen ButtonAcleris literana01/05/2011
    MothsBroad-barred Knot-hornAcrobasis consociella25/07/2009
    MothsWarted Knot-hornAcrobasis repandana25/07/2009
    MothsGreen Long-hornAdela reaumurella04/06/2019
    SpidersAgelena labyrinthica17/07/2019
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io11/08/2017
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae15/05/2018
    MothsRed-letter Flat-bodyAgonopterix ocellana28/03/2010
    MothsSpring UsherAgriopis leucophaearia28/02/2009
    MothsHeart and ClubAgrotis clavis25/06/2009
    WildflowersBugleAjuga reptans06/05/2019
    WildflowersHairy Lady's-mantleAlchemilla filicaulis16/06/2017
    WildflowersGarden Lady's-mantleAlchemilla mollis14/08/2016
    WildflowersRamsonsAllium ursinum06/05/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa23/06/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari27/05/2021
    WildflowersWood AnemoneAnemone nemorosa30/03/2019
    MothsTwin-spotted QuakerAnorthoa munda01/05/2011
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines15/05/2018
    MothsThe StreamerAnticlea derivata06/04/2009
    ButterfliesPurple EmperorApatura iris17/07/2019
    MothsSmall Brindled BeautyApocheima hispidaria28/02/2009
    MothsOrange UnderwingArchiearis parthenias29/03/2019
    ButterfliesDark Green FritillaryArgynnis aglaja17/07/2019
    ButterfliesSilver-washed FritillaryArgynnis paphia17/07/2019
    Slugs & SnailsBrown Soil SlugArion distinctus27/09/1988
    WildflowersWild LiquoriceAstragalus glycyphyllos14/08/2016
    FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae13/04/2019
    MothsPoplar CosmetBatrachedra praeangusta01/05/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida15/06/2017
    MothsOak BeautyBiston strataria28/02/2009
    FungiSmoky BracketBjerkandera adusta12/01/2018
    WildflowersYellow-wortBlackstonia perfoliata14/08/2016
    FliesBee FlyBombylius major30/03/2019
    BugsMealy Cabbage AphidBrevicoryne brassicae20/06/2020
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo14/10/2016
    BeetlesCarabus nemoralis10/03/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHairy SedgeCarex hirta04/06/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPendulous SedgeCarex pendula06/05/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesRemote SedgeCarex remota15/06/2017
    WildflowersCarline ThistleCarlina vulgaris17/07/2019
    MothsBlack-speckled GroundlingCarpatolechia proximella01/05/2011
    BugsCentrotus cornutus16/06/2013
    Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis27/09/1988
    MothsWhite-markedCerastis leucographa06/04/2009
    MothsRed ChestnutCerastis rubricosa29/03/2003
    Slugs & SnailsStriped SnailCernuella virgata27/09/1988
    FliesChirosia grossicauda15/06/2017
    MothsGreat TwistChoristoneura hebenstreitella17/06/2005
    WildflowersEnchanter's-nightshadeCircaea lutetiana15/06/2017
    WildflowersDwarf ThistleCirsium acaule31/07/2016
    WildflowersBasil ThymeClinopodium acinos02/06/2019
    WildflowersWild BasilClinopodium vulgare17/07/2019
    BeetlesClivina fossor30/03/2019
    BeetlesWasp BeetleClytus arietis04/06/2019
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata30/03/2019
    SpidersCoelotes atropos30/03/2019
    FungiColeosporium tussilaginis22/09/2020
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus14/10/2016
    MothsBlotched EmeraldComibaena bajularia25/06/2009
    FungiShaggy Ink CapCoprinus comatus22/09/2020
    BirdsRavenCorvus corax14/10/2016
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone14/10/2016
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula14/10/2016
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDogwood rivet midgeCraneiobia corni14/08/2016
    BirdsCuckooCuculus canorus15/05/2018
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus14/10/2016
    MothsMaiden's BlushCyclophora punctaria01/05/2011
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCrested Dog's-tailCynosurus cristatus04/06/2019
    WildflowersCommon Spotted-orchidDactylorhiza fuchsii16/06/2017
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura pustulans22/09/2020
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura ulmaria15/06/2017
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura urticae22/09/2020
    MothsElephant Hawk-mothDeilephila elpenor06/09/2020
    BeetlesDermestes murinus19/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum27/09/1988
    Springtails & BristletailsDeuterosminthurus pallipes17/07/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsDiastrophus rubi13/04/2019
    Springtails & BristletailsDicyrtomina saundersi30/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae14/08/2016
    Slugs & SnailsDiscus SnailDiscus rotundatus27/09/1988
    MothsDark Marbled CarpetDysstroma citrata20/07/2013
    WildflowersViper's BuglossEchium vulgare11/06/2016
    MothsBroken-barred CarpetElectrophaes corylata01/05/2011
    SpidersComb-footed SpiderEnoplognatha ovata17/07/2019
    Springtails & BristletailsEntomobrya nivalis17/07/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEntomognathus brevis09/06/2019
    MothsVariable BellEpinotia solandriana26/07/2008
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsEpitrimerus cristatus15/06/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsEpitrimerus trilobus22/09/2020
    WildflowersBlue FleabaneErigeron acer14/08/2016
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsEriophyes similis15/06/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsEriophyes torminalis04/06/2019
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula14/10/2016
    FungiErysiphe adunca22/09/2020
    FungiOak MildewErysiphe alphitoides22/09/2020
    FungiErysiphe tortilis14/08/2016
    FungiErysiphe ulmariae22/09/2020
    WildflowersWood SpurgeEuphorbia amygdaloides06/05/2019
    MothsBrindled PugEupithecia abbreviata19/03/2005
    MothsValerian PugEupithecia valerianata28/06/2003
    MothsChequered PearlEvergestis pallidata19/07/2006
    BugsWoundwort ShieldbugEysarcoris venustissimus04/06/2019
    ButterfliesPurple HairstreakFavonius quercus17/07/2019
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria15/06/2017
    SpidersFloronia bucculenta17/07/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca30/03/2019
    WildflowersSweet WoodruffGalium odoratum06/05/2019
    WildflowersMarsh-bedstrawGalium palustre15/06/2017
    WildflowersAutumn GentianGentianella amarella31/07/2016
    MothsLarge EmeraldGeometra papilionaria25/07/2009
    WildflowersWater AvensGeum rivale06/05/2019
    WildflowersMarsh CudweedGnaphalium uliginosum23/06/2017
    FungiGolovinomyces cichoracearum15/06/2017
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni30/03/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesHarmandiola globuli15/06/2017
    MothsJuly HighflyerHydriomena furcata25/06/2009
    WildflowersHairy St John's-wortHypericum hirsutum17/07/2019
    MothsPale Oak BeautyHypomecis punctinalis01/05/2011
    FungiHazel WoodwartHypoxylon fuscum13/04/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesIteomyia capreae22/09/2020
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesIteomyia major22/09/2020
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris16/07/2017
    FungiPale Bramble RustKuehneola uredinis27/05/2021
    BugsLeptopterna dolabrata15/06/2020
    MothsScorched CarpetLigdia adustata01/05/2011
    WildflowersFairy FlaxLinum catharticum02/06/2019
    MothsThe SeraphimLobophora halterata01/05/2011
    MothsThe BlackneckLygephila pastinum25/06/2009
    MothsBlack ArchesLymantria monacha19/07/2006
    WildflowersCreeping-JennyLysimachia nummularia17/07/2019
    MothsTawny-barred AngleMacaria liturata01/05/2011
    MothsV-MothMacaria wauaria09/07/2005
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesMacrodiplosis pustularis15/06/2017
    WildflowersMusk-mallowMalva moschata15/06/2017
    FungiMelampsora caprearum17/07/2019
    FungiMelampsora euphorbiae27/05/2021
    FungiMelampsora populnea13/04/2019
    ButterfliesMarbled WhiteMelanargia galathea17/07/2019
    WildflowersWater MintMentha aquatica11/08/2017
    Slugs & SnailsLesser BulinMerdigera obscura27/09/1988
    BirdsRed KiteMilvus milvus14/10/2016
    SpidersMisumena vatia06/05/2019
    MothsBracken NebMonochroa cytisella20/07/2013
    FliesVariegated Spring BeegrabberMyopa buccata04/06/2019
    BugsField Damsel BugNabis ferus19/04/2019
    MothsYellow-barred Long-hornNemophora degeerella04/06/2019
    SpidersNeriene montana17/07/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Spangle GallNeuroterus albipes22/09/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus22/09/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis27/05/2021
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum27/05/2021
    BeetlesCommon Sexton BeetleNicrophorus vespilloides17/07/2019
    MothsOak NycteolineNycteola revayana19/03/2005
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus17/07/2019
    BeetlesRed-breasted Carrion BeetleOiceoptoma thoracicum18/07/2015
    MothsWhite-barred TwistOlindia schumacherana17/06/2005
    WildflowersBee OrchidOphrys apifera15/06/2017
    Springtails & BristletailsOrchesella cincta17/07/2019
    Springtails & BristletailsOrchesella villosa30/03/2019
    WildflowersEarly Purple OrchidOrchis mascula06/05/2019
    MothsCommon QuakerOrthosia cerasi10/03/2012
    MothsSmall QuakerOrthosia cruda01/05/2011
    MothsHebrew CharacterOrthosia gothica01/05/2011
    MothsLead-coloured DrabOrthosia populeti29/03/2003
    Slugs & SnailsGarlic SnailOxychilus alliarius27/09/1988
    Slugs & SnailsCellar SnailOxychilus cellarius27/09/1988
    Slugs & SnailsDraparnaud's Glass SnailOxychilus draparnaudi27/09/1988
    SpidersSputnik spiderPaidiscura pallens17/07/2019
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria04/06/2019
    MothsBrindled White-spotParectropis similaria01/05/2011
    MothsSloe PugPasiphila chloerata25/06/2009
    BugsPeritrechus lundii19/04/2019
    WildflowersRedshankPersicaria maculosa15/06/2017
    MothsBrown Silver-linePetrophora chlorosata04/06/2019
    FungiBay CupPeziza badia27/05/2021
    BirdsPheasantPhasianus colchicus14/10/2016
    MothsPale Brindled BeautyPhigalia pilosaria01/05/2011
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum30/03/2019
    Grasshoppers & CricketsDark Bush-cricketPholidoptera griseoaptera17/07/2019
    FungiPhragmidium bulbosum22/09/2020
    FungiRose RustPhragmidium mucronatum14/08/2016
    FungiViolet Bramble RustPhragmidium violaceum22/09/2020
    MothsPlain ConchPhtheochroa inopiana25/06/2009
    MothsDotted Oak Knot-hornPhycita roborella25/07/2009
    ButterfliesLarge WhitePieris brassicae15/05/2018
    ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae23/08/2020
    FungiBirch PolyporePiptoporus betulinus19/04/2018
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis17/07/2019
    WildflowersGreater Butterfly OrchidPlatanthera chlorantha11/06/2016
    MothsBlue-bordered CarpetPlemyria rubiginata25/06/2009
    FungiPodosphaera epilobii22/09/2020
    FungiPodosphaera filipendulae15/06/2017
    FungiRose MildewPodosphaera pannosa14/08/2016
    Springtails & BristletailsPogonognathellus longicornis30/03/2019
    MothsGrey ArchesPolia nebulosa07/06/2008
    WildflowersCommon MilkwortPolygala vulgaris06/05/2019
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album30/03/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesPolystepha malpighii15/06/2017
    SawfliesWillow Gall SawflyPontania pedunculi14/08/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAspenPopulus tremula17/07/2019
    WildflowersTormentilPotentilla erecta16/06/2017
    WildflowersBarren StrawberryPotentilla sterilis30/03/2019
    WildflowersPrimrosePrimula vulgaris30/03/2019
    MothsMint Bent-wingPseudopostega crepusculella16/06/2003
    MothsBlack-spotted GroundlingPseudotelphusa scalella01/05/2011
    Ferns & HorsetailsBrackenPteridium aquilinum06/09/2020
    FungiPuccinia circaeae14/08/2016
    FungiPuccinia glechomatis22/09/2020
    FungiPuccinia lagenophorae22/09/2020
    FungiPuccinia lapsanae22/09/2020
    FungiPuccinia poarum14/08/2016
    FungiPucciniastrum circaeae22/09/2020
    WildflowersCommon FleabanePulicaria dysenterica11/08/2017
    BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis04/06/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesRabdophaga rosaria20/06/2020
    LichensRamalina fastigiata12/01/2018
    MothsWhite-barred GroundlingRecurvaria leucatella09/07/2005
    WildflowersWeldReseda luteola11/06/2016
    BeetlesRhagium mordax23/06/2019
    Grasshoppers & CricketsRoesel's Bush-cricketRoeseliana roeselii31/07/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDewberryRubus caesius11/08/2017
    WildflowersWood DockRumex sanguineus15/06/2017
    BeetlesRutpela maculata23/06/2017
    MothsEmperor MothSaturnia pavonia04/06/2005
    MothsPinion-streaked SnoutSchrankia costaestrigalis28/06/2003
    MothsCream WaveScopula floslactata01/05/2011
    MothsShaded Broad-barScotopteryx chenopodiata14/08/2016
    FungiSeptoria cornicola14/08/2016
    WildflowersField MadderSherardia arvensis06/09/2020
    WildflowersStone ParsleySison amomum21/07/2019
    BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea14/10/2016
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara13/09/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild Service-treeSorbus torminalis06/05/2019
    insect - true fly (Diptera)Sphaerophoria20/06/2020
    MothsPrivet Hawk-mothSphinx ligustri25/06/2009
    WildflowersGreater StitchwortStellaria holostea06/05/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsStenacis euonymi14/08/2016
    BeetlesStenocorus meridianus17/07/2019
    BeetlesStenurella melanura20/06/2020
    MothsGolden PigmyStigmella aurella30/03/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum23/08/2020
    FliesBand-Eyed Brown HorseflyTabanus bromius20/06/2020
    FliesTachina fera11/08/2017
    SawfliesTenthredo livida04/06/2019
    SpidersTenuiphantes tenuis17/07/2019
    MothsPoplar LutestringTethea or01/05/2011
    Springtails & BristletailsTomocerus minor30/03/2019
    MothsWinter ShadeTortricodes alternella28/02/2009
    FungiMeadowsweet Rust FungusTriphragmium ulmariae28/03/2019
    Slugs & SnailsTrochulus sericeus27/09/1988
    Slugs & SnailsStrawberry SnailTrochulus striolatus27/09/1988
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes14/10/2016
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula14/10/2016
    FungiUromyces geranii14/08/2016
    FliesThistle Gall FlyUrophora cardui14/08/2016
    WildflowersCommon ValerianValeriana officinalis17/07/2019
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta23/08/2020
    FungiVenturia maculiformis22/09/2020
    WildflowersGreat MulleinVerbascum thapsus16/07/2017
    WildflowersWood SpeedwellVeronica montana06/05/2019
    WildflowersHeath SpeedwellVeronica officinalis23/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro20/07/2013
    WildflowersCommon Dog-violetViola riviniana06/09/2020
    Slugs & SnailsWrinkled SnailXeroplexa intersecta27/09/1988
    MothsRed Sword-grassXylena vetusta28/02/2009
    MothsSpindle SmudgeYpsolopha mucronella06/04/2009
    MothsHooked SmudgeYpsolopha nemorella26/07/2008
    MothsWood SmudgeYpsolopha sylvella25/07/2009
    MothsVariable SmudgeYpsolopha ustella28/02/2009
    MothsCock's-head BellZeiraphera isertana09/07/2005
    ReptilesCommon LizardZootoca vivipara16/07/2017