Bagworth Heath Woods

Wildlife Highlights

The varied habitats attract a wide range of wildlife. The lakes have been stocked with fish for angling but also attract dragonflies and damselflies as well as wetland birds. The newly planted woodland has already become a valuable habitat and supports Goldfinch, Bullfinch and Long-tailed tits. Green Woodpeckers are usually present, more often heard than seen, and Skylark and Meadow Pipits nest on the open grassland. The site is also interesting for day-flying moths, such as Mother Shipton and Burnet Companion.

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 354


Less than a mile south of Bagworth, towards Merry Lees and Desford, this 75 hectare (185 acre) Country Park has been tranformed from scarred industrial landscape of Desford Colliery into a valuable recreational resource.  Owned and managed by Leicestershire County Council Bagworth Heath Woods are made up of woodland, grassland, heathland, lakes and ponds.  There is a network of grass and surfaced paths throughout, offering relaxing walks through varied habitats and extensive views. The site is linked to Thornton and Bagworth by the circular walk around Leicestershire, the 100-mile Leicestershire Round.

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula22/08/2017Ron.stevens
JayGarrulus glandarius22/08/2017Ron.stevens
ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita22/08/2017Ron.stevens
MoorhenGallinula chloropus22/08/2017Ron.stevens
MagpiePica pica22/08/2017Ron.stevens
RobinErithacus rubecula22/08/2017Ron.stevens
SwiftApus apus22/08/2017Ron.stevens
House MartinDelichon urbicum22/08/2017Ron.stevens
Sand MartinRiparia riparia22/08/2017Ron.stevens
SwallowHirundo rustica22/08/2017Ron.stevens
AgrimonyAgrimonia eupatoria22/08/2017Ron.stevens
Blue ShieldbugZicrona caerulea22/08/2017Ron.stevens
Bramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.22/08/2017Ron.stevens
CinnabarTyria jacobaeae22/08/2017Ron.stevens
Corizus hyoscyami22/08/2017Ron.stevens
Further Information
Getting There

Bagworth Heath Woods is located off Heath Road, approximately 0.6 miles south of Bagworth towards Merry Lees and Desford, in West Leicestershire. The nearest postcode is LE67 1DL.

Managed By
Leicestershire County Council

Group Common Name Latin Name Last Seen
Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.21/02/2017
AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo30/03/2017
AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria28/06/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari22/08/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis22/08/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius08/04/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum08/04/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae05/04/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsTorymus bedeguaris04/04/2013
Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata19/05/2011
BeetlesAnthocomus rufus17/09/2011
BeetlesAphodius prodromus19/05/2011
BeetlesCassida viridis19/05/2011
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata19/05/2011
BeetlesCossonus linearis07/06/2013
BeetlesWillow Flea BeetleCrepidodera aurata17/09/2011
BeetlesCrepidodera fulvicornis17/09/2011
BeetlesGorse WeevilExapion ulicis08/04/2015
BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis19/05/2011
BeetlesAdonis' LadybirdHippodamia variegata20/03/2012
BeetlesNebria salina28/11/2016
BeetlesNedyus quadrimaculatus12/05/2012
BeetlesNotiophilus biguttatus20/03/2012
BeetlesOedemera lurida19/05/2011
BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis19/05/2011
BeetlesPolydrusus cervinus12/05/2012
Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata19/05/2011
BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva28/06/2014
BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus11/11/2016
BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus22/08/2016