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.

    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: 157


    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.

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium18/08/2018
    BirdsReed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceus26/05/2017
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus31/01/2013
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io07/07/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesAgromyza alnivora18/11/2018
    BirdsSkylarkAlauda arvensis18/03/2011
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa29/01/2015
    BirdsShovellerAnas clypeata27/09/2018
    BirdsTealAnas crecca31/01/2013
    BirdsWigeonAnas penelope12/11/2013
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos29/01/2015
    BirdsGadwallAnas strepera31/01/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis18/08/2018
    WildflowersWild AngelicaAngelica sylvestris18/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsSwan MusselAnodonta cygnea26/05/2017
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines26/05/2017
    BirdsGrey HeronArdea cinerea16/12/2018
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium30/01/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesAulagromyza tremulae18/11/2018
    BirdsPochardAythya ferina16/12/2018
    BirdsTufted DuckAythya fuligula09/01/2016
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis26/06/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula29/01/2015
    BirdsBarnacle GooseBranta leucopsis25/11/2004
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo26/06/2019
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo07/02/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens26/06/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBeautiful DemoiselleCalopteryx virgo29/05/2017
    WildflowersMarsh-marigoldCaltha palustris21/04/2018
    BirdsLesser RedpollCarduelis cabaret18/03/2011