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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Hawthorn Shieldbug - Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale

Catherine Thomson
Hurst Hill Farm - 20 June 2017
Hawthorn Shieldbug

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Beautiful Demoiselle

NatureSpot is for recording the wildlife of Leicestershire and Rutland - all of it, including the mundane. In spite of that it's hard not to get excited when something new or unusual comes along. More....

Emperor Dragonfly

The Emperor Dragonfly, Anax imperatoris one of Europe's largest dragonflies. The male is easy to identify with its apple green thorax, bright blue abdomen and blue eyes. The female is mostly green and also has the apple green thorax. More 

If you go out into the countryside at the moment it's hard to avoid the army of soldier beetles - brightly coloured and patterned Coleoptera - clambering to the tops of stems (frequently for a spot of al fresco sex). Although eye-catching, many species are very similar and surprisingly difficult to identify, so make sure you have a copy of this new fully-illustrated free guide to Guide to British Soldier Beetles by Mark Gurney in your pocket. And once you've identified them, send us your records please.

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Recently the NatureSpot team met for an awayday at Holwell nature reserve where they found a rare cream-flowered form of Bush Vetch, Vicia sepium var. ochroleucaMore…. 

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Banded Demoiselle

This is a male, females are metallic green.

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