Sence Valley Forest Park

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    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: 195

    Description

    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.

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    16 Spot LadybirdTytthaspis sedecimpunctata20/03/2020AJ Cann
    Apion frumentarium20/03/2020AJ Cann
    Clubiona phragmitis20/03/2020AJ Cann
    Coccidula rufa20/03/2020AJ Cann
    Dicyrtomina ornata20/03/2020AJ Cann
    European ChinchbugIschnodemus sabuleti20/03/2020AJ Cann
    Euscelis incisus20/03/2020AJ Cann
    Isotoma viridis20/03/2020AJ Cann
    Isotomurus palustris20/03/2020AJ Cann
    Pachygnatha clercki20/03/2020AJ Cann
    Perapion curtirostre20/03/2020AJ Cann
    Pogonognathellus longicornis20/03/2020AJ Cann
    Rhyzobius litura20/03/2020AJ Cann
    Tingis ampliata20/03/2020AJ Cann
    Tomocerus minor20/03/2020AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium18/08/2018
    FliesAcidia cognata04/11/2019
    BirdsReed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceus26/05/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAculus laevis07/07/2019
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus16/12/2018
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io07/07/2019
    FliesAgromyza alnivora18/11/2018
    BirdsSkylarkAlauda arvensis08/02/2020
    BirdsKingfisherAlcedo atthis08/02/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa29/01/2015
    BirdsShovellerAnas clypeata27/09/2018
    BirdsTealAnas crecca18/03/2011
    BirdsWigeonAnas penelope12/11/2013
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos29/05/2017
    BirdsGadwallAnas strepera18/03/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis18/08/2018
    WildflowersWild AngelicaAngelica sylvestris18/08/2018
    BeetlesWater LadybirdAnisosticta novemdecimpunctata20/03/2020
    Slugs & SnailsSwan MusselAnodonta cygnea26/05/2017
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines26/05/2017
    BeetlesApion frumentarium20/03/2020
    BirdsGrey HeronArdea cinerea29/05/2017
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium30/01/2019
    FliesAulagromyza tremulae18/11/2018
    BirdsPochardAythya ferina16/12/2018
    BirdsTufted DuckAythya fuligula07/02/2019
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis26/06/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula29/01/2015
    MothsDusty Apple PigmyBohemannia pulverosella07/07/2019
    BirdsBarnacle GooseBranta leucopsis25/11/2004