ⓘ Leighfield Forest SSSI is an 11.3 hectares biological Site of Special Scientific Interest east of Skeffington in Leicestershire, England. It consists of several ..

                                     

ⓘ Leighfield Forest SSSI

Leighfield Forest SSSI is an 11.3 hectares biological Site of Special Scientific Interest east of Skeffington in Leicestershire, England. It consists of several fragments, including Tugby Wood, Loddington Reddish, Browns Wood, Skeffington Wood and Tilton Wood, of the former medieval hunting Leighfield Forest, which straddles Leicestershire and Rutland. It is a Nature Conservation Review site, Grade II.

These woods in the Eye Brook valley date back at least to the thirteenth century. The dominant trees are ash and oak. The diverse moths and beetles include some rare species, and others are at the northern limit of their distribution. There are also areas of grassland and marsh.

Roads and footpaths go through some of the woods but others are private.

                                     
  • listed as Leighfield Forest SSSI Great Merrible Wood, the Launde woods, Wardley Wood and Stoke Dry Wood. The greater part of the former Forest including
  • Domesday Book. Bolt Wood was part of the extensive Royal medieval Leighfield Forest The first written reference to Bolt Wood is in an undated charter
  • woods near Leighfield Forest an extensive Royal Forest which straddled the two counties. North west of Leicester are the woods of Charnwood Forest Further
  • Natural England. Retrieved 13 November 2017. Designated Sites View: Leighfield Forest Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Archived