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Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood

Contact: Bradgate Park Trust

Grid Ref: SK530110

Deer in Bradgate Park

The largest site in The National Forest, Bradgate Park (340ha) is of interest for both its wildlife and its geology. The various rock exposures are of international importance, some over 700 million years old, and are a remnant of Charnwood Forest’s volcanic heritage.

There are 300 veteran oaks at Bradgate, some over 500 years old. Many of the ancient trees are hollow, some are fragmented and they host a wide range of invertebrates and fungi.

Bradgate is also famous for its herds of red and fallow deer, some of which are descended from those kept within the ancient parkland when it was first enclosed in 1240.

Swithland Wood (60ha) is an important area of ancient woodland within Charnwood Forest. It contains fine examples of oak, birch, alder and small leaved lime trees and is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, including bluebell and wood anemone. It also has a diverse moth and butterfly population.

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