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: 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.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    GadwallAnas strepera19/02/2019Margaret McLoughlin
    Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus07/02/2019egaten
    Common GullLarus canus07/02/2019egaten
    Mute SwanCygnus olor07/02/2019egaten
    MoorhenGallinula chloropus07/02/2019egaten
    Tufted DuckAythya fuligula07/02/2019egaten
    CormorantPhalacrocorax carbo07/02/2019egaten
    Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus07/02/2019egaten
    BuzzardButeo buteo07/02/2019egaten
    GadwallAnas strepera07/02/2019egaten
    Velvet ShankFlammulina velutipes30/01/2019Melinda Bell
    Soft Shield FernPolystichum setiferum30/01/2019Melinda Bell
    Hart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium30/01/2019Melinda Bell
    Hard Shield-fernPolystichum aculeatum30/01/2019Melinda Bell
    Male-fernDryopteris filix-mas30/01/2019Melinda Bell
    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
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium18/08/2018
    BirdsReed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceus26/05/2017
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus18/03/2011
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesAgromyza alnivora18/11/2018
    BirdsSkylarkAlauda arvensis18/03/2011
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa29/01/2015
    BirdsShovellerAnas clypeata27/09/2018
    BirdsTealAnas crecca18/03/2011
    BirdsWigeonAnas penelope31/01/2013
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos29/05/2017
    BirdsGadwallAnas strepera26/05/2017
    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 cinerea29/05/2017
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium30/01/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesAulagromyza tremulae18/11/2018
    BirdsPochardAythya ferina16/12/2018
    BirdsTufted DuckAythya fuligula07/02/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula29/01/2015
    BirdsBarnacle GooseBranta leucopsis25/11/2004
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo08/04/2018
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo07/02/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBeautiful DemoiselleCalopteryx virgo29/05/2017
    WildflowersMarsh-marigoldCaltha palustris21/04/2018
    BirdsLesser RedpollCarduelis cabaret31/01/2013
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis16/12/2018
    BirdsSiskinCarduelis spinus16/12/2018
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis26/05/2017