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Contact: Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust

Grid Ref: SK490124

This reserve forms part of the ancient Charnwood Forest and lies within the Ulverscroft Valley SSSI. The mature planted oak and beech woods are rich in bird life with treecreeper, nuthatch, green and great spotted woodpeckers.

Within the site, Poultney Wood has a spectacular display of bluebells in spring, with greater stitchwort, wood sorrel, yellow pimpernel and yellow archangel growing along the edges of the rides. The heathland contains patches of bilberry around the rocky hilltops, which attract a variety of bees. Tree pipits use isolated trees as song posts and, in the spring, woodcock can be seen at dusk.

Close to the heathland is a pond, which supports a variety of aquatic life including dragonflies. The valley marshes are rich in marsh plants and the stream's sides are clothed in opposite-leaved golden-saxifrage and marsh-marigold.

Nearby, Herbert's Meadow is one of the most species-rich fields in Leicestershire with species including fragrant orchid, quaking grass, devil's-bit scabious, bitter-vetch, meadow vetchling, heath spotted orchid and tormentil.

A Wildlife Trust permit is required for access to parts of the site.

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