SOLD: Flycatcher Wood £99,000 Freehold


Flycatcher Wood, which is part of Cotgrave Forest, was replanted around 25 years ago with a generous mix of attractive tree species. These trees are growing well and are now over 10m high, forming a vibrant woodland canopy of oak, sycamore, hawthorn, Corsican and Scots pine, to name but a few.

The wood is mostly on level ground but with some interesting undulations nearer to the ride-stop entrance. These are possibly the remnants of some past small-scale quarrying and have also been planted with trees, surrounded by a rabbit-mesh fence - the majority of which is still standing. The fencing could be reinstated if the new owner wished to do this.

Around the western and two-thirds of, the southern boundary of the wood, is a thick hedge of hawthorn and blackthorn. It forms a valuable corridor for wildlife and great feeding and nesting opportunities for resident birds.

Toward the south east corner are located numerous depressions, some of which hold water, probably created as borrow pits for aggregate to bolster the ancient Wolds Way.

Flycatcher Wood is an excellent project wood for a new owner that would like to actively manage and shape this part of the forest, just the right age for some thinning, creating clearings, diversifying wildlife habitats whilst benefitting from some useful poles for wood crafts or the fire.

The purchasers of the woodland will be asked to enter into a covenant to ensure the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of adjoining woodlands and meadows.


Oak, sycamore, ash, holly and pines, with hawthorn and blackthorn in the hedgerows.


Birdlife is abundant in the wood and many woodland birds can be seen and heard such as chiffchaffs, arriving in early spring along with other summer visitors such as spotted flycatchers, after which the wood is named; their captivating feeding habit of dashing out from a particular branch, snatching an insect and returning to the same spot is quite distinctive, though their plumage is less so! Mistle thrushes, blackbirds, wrens and woodpigeon join the chorus. Greater spotted woodpeckers frequently visit to feed and many small birds take advantage of the cover of the thorny hedgerow to make their nests.

Deer trails can be found passing through the wood, muntjac and roe deer are present in the area. Occasionally, hollows hold rainwater, a draw for mammals and birds but also good habitat for amphibians.

As spring and summer progresses, the number, and varieties of butterflies within the wood increases, including the striking and rare Purple Emperor. This is probably the most far north you would find them, look out for them along the rides and wood margins.


  • Level and accessible
  • Hedgerow edges
  • A rustic bench
  • Grassy rides along the southern and western boundaries

Access, tracks and footpaths

Access to the wood is from Laming Gap Lane via solid stone tracks leading to the ride-stop entrance where there is space for a vehicle. Beyond the ride-stop, a recently cleared path leads into the woodland and to the bench. From here, good access on foot is available throughout.

Along the field boundary, an overgrown grassy ride connects with another intersecting route, giving private access all away along the southern and western boundaries. There are no public rights of way within the wood and the track along the eastern boundary is a designated bridlepath.

Rights and covenants

There are no public rights of way within the wood.

The sporting rights are included in the sale.

Our standard covenant will apply.


  • An excellent project wood for an active woodland owner
  • Birdwatching
  • Occasional camping
  • Conservation activities
  • Gathering firewood
  • Pond improvements

Local area and history

The place-name Cotgrave seems to have been derived from the Old English personal name, Cotta with graf (Old English), grove or copse, to make 'Cotta's grove'.

The local area is known as the Vale of Belvoir, meaning ‘beautiful view’, in French. The name was used by the 11th century Norman invaders when the original Belvoir Castle was established, but the native Anglo-Saxon population was unable to pronounce such a foreign word, preferring to call it "Beaver Castle" this pronunciation is still used today. The area’s most famous produce includes Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pork pies; both area ideal for a picnic in the woods!

Wood maps

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.

Find this wood

This wood is now sold, please do not visit the wood without the permission of the owner.


  • OS Landranger: OS No. 126
  • Grid ref: SK 643 326
  • Nearest post code: NG12 5PG
  • GPS coordinates: 52.8877, -1.04551

Location map



Just 10 miles from the centre of Nottingham and 20 miles north of Leicester.


From the South:-

  • Travelling along the A46 turn on to the A606 signed to Nottingham.
  • Pass the left turn to Widmerpool.
  • Continue straight on through Stanton-on-the-Wolds.
  • Immediately after leaving Stanton-on-the-Wolds turn right into Laming Gap Lane.

From the West:-

  • Travelling along the M52 turn on to the A606 signed to Melton.
  • Go under the railway and through Tollerton.
  • Go straight on at the traffic lights.
  • Pass two left turns to Normanton.
  • Immediately before Stanton-on-the Wolds village sign turn left onto Laming Gap Lane.

Laming Gap Lane:-

  • Pass Wynnstay Cottage on the left and proceed to a sharp right hand bend.
  • Park in the lay-by at this point.
  • Cotgrave Forest is 100 metres north east along Wolds Lane.
  • Walk round the green entrance barrier and continue along the track (Wolds Lane), at the sharp right hand bend The woodlnd entrance is located to the left.

How we support our buyers

Membership of the small woodland owners’ group

£300 for a woodland course of your choice

One year's free membership of the royal forestry society

Please note this wood is owned by woodlands.co.uk.

Our regional managers are often out working in our woodlands, so if you email an offer and want to be sure it has been received, please phone our manager on their mobile phone. The first offer at the stated price which is accepted, whether by phone or email, has priority.

Please take care when viewing as the great outdoors can contain unexpected hazards and woodlands are no exception. You should exercise common sense and caution, such as wearing appropriate footwear and avoiding visiting during high winds.

These particulars are for guidance only and, though believed to be correct, do not form part of any contract. Woodland Investment Management Ltd hereby give notice under section 21 of the Estate Agents Act 1979 of their interest in the land being sold.

Rich in wildlife, this mixed woodland with softwood and broadleaved trees has good access, varied topography, all surrounded by moors and farmland.

Managed by Dan Watson

Telephone: 07970 116 515

Email: [email protected]