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: 150


    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
    Yarrow PlumeGillmeria pallidactyla07/07/2019sue
    Common FrogRana temporaria07/07/2019sue
    Shaded Broad-barScotopteryx chenopodiata07/07/2019sue
    Ruddy DarterSympetrum sanguineum07/07/2019sue
    Broad-bordered Yellow UnderwingNoctua fimbriata07/07/2019sue
    Little CosmetMompha raschkiella07/07/2019sue
    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
    Getting There

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

    Managed By
    The Forestry Commission

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa29/01/2015
    MothsAspen PigmyStigmella assimilella18/11/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens26/06/2019
    BirdsBarnacle GooseBranta leucopsis25/11/2004
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBay WillowSalix pentandra17/07/2008
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBeautiful DemoiselleCalopteryx virgo29/05/2017
    WildflowersBee OrchidOphrys apifera26/06/2019
    BirdsBlack-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus27/01/2017
    MothsBlack-headed PigmyStigmella atricapitella18/11/2018
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula26/06/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans26/06/2019
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus18/03/2011
    MothsBordered CarlCoptotriche marginea18/11/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.26/06/2019
    MothsBroad-bordered Yellow UnderwingNoctua fimbriata07/07/2019
    Ferns & HorsetailsBroad Buckler FernDryopteris dilatata30/01/2019
    WildflowersBrooklimeVeronica beccabunga26/06/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBroomCytisus scoparius26/06/2019
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis26/05/2017
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula18/03/2011
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia18/08/2018
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo07/02/2019
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone29/01/2015
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs09/01/2016
    LichensChewing Gum LichenLecanora muralis31/01/2013
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara08/04/2018
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus26/06/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum22/07/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum18/08/2018
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria07/07/2019