Help to record the wildlife of Leicestershire and Rutland

Submit any sighting of an animal, plant or fungus – with or without a photo – to put your dot on our species distribution maps. All records are passed on to local and national recording schemes.  All wildlife records are valuable, common or rare, and whether from your garden, local park or a nature reserve. Help To Record

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Rhododendron Leafhopper - Graphocephala fennahi

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Charnwood Lodge - 25 August 2016

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
    7:30pm - 9:30pm

    Market Bosworth & District Natural History Society. St. Peters CE Primary School, Market Bosworth, CV13 0NP.

  • Monday, Sep 26th, 2016
    7:30pm - 9:00pm

    Knighton Parish Centre, Church Lane, Knighton, Leicester LE2 3WG

  • Tuesday, Oct 11th, 2016
    7:30pm - 9:30pm

    Market Bosworth & District Natural History Society. St. Peters CE Primary School, Market Bosworth, CV13 0NP.

Latest News

Want to improve your moss identification? In the middle of January - what else would you do? This is an indoor workshop for everyone who wants to get to grips with a group of closely related pleurocarps, many of which are common but difficult to distinguish in the field. MORE

Local bumbleebee expert, Maggie Frankum, is again running her popular ID workshops at the Botanic Gardens in Oadby this year. The events are free but you must book a place. First come first served so don't delay! More.

Currently over 80 volunteers across Leicestershire are monitoring moths in their gardens, but there is a gap in coverage in Market Harborough and the north eastern part of Harborough District. Could you help? Read more.

If you missed Adrian Russell's recent presentation summarising the finds and status of moths in Leicestershire and Rutland based on the 2015 records - you can view the slides on the Leicester Moth Recorders page.

The January edition of the Leicestershire Entomological Society newsletter is available for viewing or download - see the LES page.

2015 was a very successful year for NatureSpot with an increase in records, species and visitors. Thanks to all of you who contributed. View the 2015 Annual Report.

Most insects have disappeared by November but one possible late sighting is the Ivy Bee, Colletes hederae. Though not yet seen in Leicestershire or Rutland it has been moving northwards so a species to look out for on late-flowering Ivy. View the info sheet.

An otter was recently found dead inside a crayfish trap near to Leicester, unfortunately not a unique incident. All crayfish traps have to approved by the Environment Agency. If you find a trap without an EA tag, please call the free hotline 0800 80 70 60.

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