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: 114


    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
    GadwallAnas strepera19/02/2019Margaret McLoughlin
    Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus07/02/2019egaten
    Common GullLarus canus07/02/2019egaten
    Mute SwanCygnus olor07/02/2019egaten
    MoorhenGallinula chloropus07/02/2019egaten
    Tufted DuckAythya fuligula07/02/2019egaten
    CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo07/02/2019egaten
    Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus07/02/2019egaten
    BuzzardButeo buteo07/02/2019egaten
    GadwallAnas strepera07/02/2019egaten
    Velvet ShankFlammulina velutipes30/01/2019Melinda Bell
    Soft Shield FernPolystichum setiferum30/01/2019Melinda Bell
    Hart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium30/01/2019Melinda Bell
    Hard Shield-fernPolystichum aculeatum30/01/2019Melinda Bell
    Male-fernDryopteris filix-mas30/01/2019Melinda 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
    BirdsBarnacle GooseBranta leucopsis25/11/2004
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBay WillowSalix pentandra17/07/2008
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBeautiful DemoiselleCalopteryx virgo29/05/2017
    BirdsBlack-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus27/01/2017
    MothsBlack-headed PigmyStigmella atricapitella18/11/2018
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus18/03/2011
    MothsBordered CarlCoptotriche marginea18/11/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.18/08/2018
    Ferns & HorsetailsBroad Buckler FernDryopteris dilatata30/01/2019
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis26/05/2017
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula18/03/2011
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia18/08/2018
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo07/02/2019
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone09/01/2016
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs18/03/2011
    LichensChewing Gum LichenLecanora muralis31/01/2013
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara08/04/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum27/09/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum21/09/2014
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria18/03/2011
    BirdsCommon GullLarus canus12/11/2013
    WildflowersCommon Hemp-nettleGaleopsis tetrahit18/08/2018
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica29/01/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon ReedPhragmites australis18/08/2018
    WildflowersCommon Spotted-orchidDactylorhiza fuchsii10/06/2018
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo08/04/2018
    BirdsCootFulica atra26/05/2017
    BirdsCormorantPhalacrocorax carbo07/02/2019