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Martinshaw Wood

Contact: Woodland Trust

Grid Ref: SK510072

Path through the trees of Martinshaw Wood

36 species of tree, both native and exotic, can be found in the wood, including sessile and pedunculate oak, Scots and Corsican pine, western red cedar, western hemlock, Norway spruce, Lawson’s cypress, larch and red oak. It also contains bush grass, not known in abundance in any other Leicestershire woodland, and lily of the valley, one of the only areas in Leicestershire to contain this species.

Other herbs of interest are located around the flooded marl pits. Rare eared sallow and wood anemone are indicators that this is an ancient woodland while a small boggy area contains bogmoss, valerian and two rare willow herbs. These areas also provide habitats for a number of species of reptiles and amphibians including Smooth and Great-crested newts and Slow worm.

The Toothill area is host to ground flora species such as sanicle, yellow archangel, spotted orchid and primrose. Broad-leaved heliborine have also been identified here in the past. The ancient Pre-cambrian rock outcrops also support a number of rare varieties of mosses and lichens.

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