Sence Valley Forest Park

    Getting There

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

    Managed By
    The Forestry Commission
    Wild places

    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.

    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.

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa29/01/2015
    SawfliesAlder SawflyEriocampa ovata08/09/2019
    FungiAlder TongueTaphrina alni08/09/2019
    FungiAmber JellyExidia recisa04/11/2019
    MothsAspen PigmyStigmella assimilella18/11/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens07/07/2019
    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
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlack-tailed SkimmerOrthetrum cancellatum07/07/2019
    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.18/08/2018
    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
    MothsBuff-tipPhalera bucephala08/09/2019
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula18/03/2011
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia18/08/2018
    FungiButter CapRhodocollybia butyracea04/11/2019
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo07/02/2019
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone26/05/2017
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs09/01/2016