Sence Valley Forest Park

    Wildlife Highlights

    The Park has become a good site for birds at all times of year. There is normally a reasonable variety of ducks and other waterfowl and often a few waders, both by the water and in the adjacent fields. In winter stonechat is a usual visitor and short-eared owls can often be seen. It is a hotspot for birds migrating in spring where Wheatear and Whinchat can be seen most years.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 146


    This 60-hectare site is a former open-cast coal mine, which has been transformed with extensive tree planting and the creation of lakes, interlinked with a series of paths. There are good facilities for disabled visitors. At the centre of the site are a series of small lakes, some managed for wildlife and some for fishing. A hide overlooks one of the lakes. Large areas of conifers and mixed deciduous trees have been planted so this habitat should improve over time.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Aulagromyza tremulae07/07/2019sue
    Common FrogRana temporaria07/07/2019sue
    Shaded Broad-barScotopteryx chenopodiata07/07/2019sue
    Ruddy DarterSympetrum sanguineum07/07/2019sue
    Bee OrchidOphrys apifera26/06/2019Melinda Bell
    DaisyBellis perennis26/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Common Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus26/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Bramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.26/06/2019Melinda Bell
    BroomCytisus scoparius26/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Common Spotted-orchidDactylorhiza fuchsii26/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Dog-roseRosa canina26/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Field-roseRosa arvensis26/06/2019Melinda Bell
    FoxgloveDigitalis purpurea26/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Grass VetchlingLathyrus nissolia26/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Hedge MustardSisymbrium officinale26/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Getting There

    North of Ibstock on the A447 Ravenstone Road, LE67 6NW, North West Leicestershire.

    Managed By
    The Forestry Commission