Sence Valley Forest Park
North of Ibstock on the A447 Ravenstone Road, LE67 6NW, North West Leicestershire.
Total species seen at this site: 177
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.
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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Pestle Puffball||Lycoperdon excipuliforme||04/11/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Butter Cap||Rhodocollybia butyracea||04/11/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Yellow Brain||Tremella mesenterica||04/11/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Amber Jelly||Exidia recisa||04/11/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Wren||Troglodytes troglodytes||04/11/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Kestrel||Falco tinnunculus||04/11/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Tawny Funnel||Lepista flaccida||04/11/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Clouded Funnel||Clitocybe nebularis||17/10/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Saffron Milkcap||Lactarius deliciosus||17/10/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Smooth Newt||Lissotriton vulgaris||17/10/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Pointed Slender||Parornix finitimella||08/09/2019||sue|
|Poplar Bent-wing||Phyllocnistis unipunctella||08/09/2019||sue|