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: 152


    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

    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
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria07/07/2019
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io07/07/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlack-tailed SkimmerOrthetrum cancellatum07/07/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesRuddy DarterSympetrum sanguineum07/07/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesAulagromyza tremulae07/07/2019
    MothsYarrow PlumeGillmeria pallidactyla07/07/2019
    MothsLittle CosmetMompha raschkiella07/07/2019
    MothsBroad-bordered Yellow UnderwingNoctua fimbriata07/07/2019
    MothsShaded Broad-barScotopteryx chenopodiata07/07/2019
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo26/06/2019
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus26/06/2019
    BirdsSand MartinRiparia riparia26/06/2019
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula26/06/2019
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina26/06/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens26/06/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans26/06/2019
    FungiViolet Bramble RustPhragmidium violaceum26/06/2019
    HoverfliesLong HoverflySphaerophoria scripta26/06/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBroomCytisus scoparius26/06/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild CherryPrunus avium26/06/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField-roseRosa arvensis26/06/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina26/06/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.26/06/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWayfaring-treeViburnum lantana26/06/2019
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis26/06/2019
    WildflowersSouthern Marsh OrchidDactylorhiza praetermissa26/06/2019
    WildflowersFoxgloveDigitalis purpurea26/06/2019
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum26/06/2019
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria26/06/2019
    WildflowersMeadow Crane's-billGeranium pratense26/06/2019