Fishley Belt, Glenfield

    Wildlife Highlights

    Great Crested Newts, bats and Badgers are in the area and Barn Owls and Jays are amongst the birds seen here. The woodland is also very good for fungi in the Autumn.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 13


    This is a wide belt of mature woodland running along the western edge of an old golf course. Fishley Belt appears on maps going back to the nineteenth century and is, if not the best, certainly one of the best examples of ancient woodland in Blaby District. In spring it is awash with native Bluebells and other wildflowers which are generally only found where woodland has not been disturbed for centuries.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Silver BirchBetula pendula12/07/2018Roy Denney
    Common NettleUrtica dioica12/07/2018Roy Denney
    Bramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.12/07/2018Roy Denney
    Wild CherryPrunus avium12/07/2018Roy Denney
    SycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus12/07/2018Roy Denney
    Ragged-RobinSilene flos-cuculi12/07/2018Roy Denney
    HawthornCrataegus monogyna12/07/2018Roy Denney
    Bramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.12/07/2018Roy Denney
    Common NettleUrtica dioica12/07/2018Roy Denney
    Pedunculate OakQuercus robur12/07/2018Roy Denney
    SycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus12/07/2018Roy Denney
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria07/07/2018Roy Denney
    Green WoodpeckerPicus viridis28/06/2018Roy Denney
    IvyHedera helix29/04/2018Roy Denney
    BluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta29/04/2018Roy Denney
    Getting There

    There is a footpath through it which can be accessed from Blackthorn Road or Somerset Drive and has outlets into the new estate at various points. It also provides a way to access the Optimus Nature Area and beyond.

    Managed By
    No apparent management except surfaced part of right of way

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis28/06/2018
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni25/03/2018
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria07/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus12/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula12/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna12/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix29/04/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild CherryPrunus avium12/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur12/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.12/07/2018
    WildflowersBluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta29/04/2018
    WildflowersRagged-RobinSilene flos-cuculi12/07/2018
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica12/07/2018