Sence Valley Forest Park
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.
Total species seen at this site: 114
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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Gadwall||Anas strepera||19/02/2019||Margaret McLoughlin|
|Lesser Black-backed Gull||Larus fuscus||07/02/2019||egaten|
|Common Gull||Larus canus||07/02/2019||egaten|
|Mute Swan||Cygnus olor||07/02/2019||egaten|
|Tufted Duck||Aythya fuligula||07/02/2019||egaten|
|Black-headed Gull||Chroicocephalus ridibundus||07/02/2019||egaten|
|Velvet Shank||Flammulina velutipes||30/01/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Soft Shield Fern||Polystichum setiferum||30/01/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Hart's-tongue||Asplenium scolopendrium||30/01/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Hard Shield-fern||Polystichum aculeatum||30/01/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Male-fern||Dryopteris filix-mas||30/01/2019||Melinda Bell|
North of Ibstock on the A447 Ravenstone Road, LE67 6NW, North West Leicestershire.