Location and access
OS map ref: SK 493118 (Sheet 129)
The reserve is situated 1 km north-northeast of Markfield and 1.5 km southeast of Copt Oak, on Priory Lane. From Markfield, take the Copt Oak road and turn right approximately 200 m after crossing the A511 (old A50). The reserve is 1 km along Priory Lane on the left. Park on the roadside verge next to the reserve, taking care not to obstruct the traffic.
We encourage visitors to use environmentally friendly forms of transport wherever possible. Most of our reserves are easily accessible by bicycle with many close to the National Cycle Network. Please note that cycling is not permitted on the nature reserve itself.
Public transport - contact Traveline for further information www.traveline.org.uk or phone 0871 200 22 33.
The reserve is open to Wildlife Trust and National Trust members only.
Dogs are allowed on this nature reserve but only under strict control - able to bring to heel at all times.
Rocky Plantation is owned by the National Trust and managed by the Wildlife Trust. It is 3.4 ha in area.
History, habitats & management
The site was probably rough grazing until the 1880s when it was planted with oak. It was left to the National Trust by its owner, the late Charles Cliffe Jones. In 1966, the National Trust declared the area to be a nature reserve under a deed of management with the Wildlife Trust.
Habitats include mixed woodland and rocky outcrops.
The primary objective of management is to increase the diversity of flora and fauna by altering the age-structure of the wood. This is being achieved by selective thinning to encourage natural regeneration. Paths are maintained to facilitate access.
Features of interest
The woodland is fairly rich in bird life; species seen include treecreeper, nuthatch, and great spotted woodpecker. There are some fine examples of sessile oak present. The ground flora is not very rich, being dominated by bracken, creeping softgrass and bramble. A few patches of wood-sorrel and greater stitchwort do, however, occur as does the scarce climbing corydalis. A variety of fungi appears in the autumn.
Live near here? Want to help out?
Why not join one of our teams of volunteers. We have regular work parties covering reserves in this area including Rocky Plantation. For more information contact us.