Blacksmiths Field

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Blacksmiths Field: This nature reserve is own by the Leicestershire and Rutland wildlife trust, covers 2.2 ha, and is a Regionally Important Geological Site and a Wildlife Site.

Blacksmith's Field is situated on a rocky hilltop with wide views over the surrounding countryside. It is said that during the Second World War the bombing of Coventry could be seen from here.

The reserve is named after the blacksmith's shop which used to be present in a corner of the site.

The prevailing habitat is rough heath-grassland with rock outcrops, drystone walls and scrub.

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The reserve is located about 13 km north-west of Leicester. From the city, follow the A50 towards Coalville, but turn off the main road at the roundabout, take 2nd exit (Leicester Road) towards Markfield, go right through the village and where the road bears sharp right, continue straight on down Altar Stones Lane (a 'no through road'). The reserve is about 150 m further, on the right, next to Leicestershire County Council's Altar Stones site.


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Address: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, Brocks Hill Environment Centre, Washbrook Lane, Oadby, Leicestershire, LE2 5JJ, UK
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