Croft Pasture

Wildlife Highlights

The major interest lies in the grassland flora. Birds-foot grows at the top of the cliff at the eastern side of the reserve, near Station Road, while wild clary can be seen below the boundary wall in the north eastern corner. A small rocky knoll in the field north of the river supports many uncommon species, including upright chickweed, meadow saxifrage, common stork's-bill and subterranean clover.

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 218


This Wildlife Trust reserve was glebe land, and is mainly unimproved grazing, with the exception of the south eastern corner, which has been top-dressed at some time in the past. The River Soar runs northwards and eastwards across the reserve, and was excluded from the 'improvement' when much of the upper Soar was deepened and canalised in the early 1970s. Habitats include running water, river bank, and neutral and siliceous (sandy) grassland. The main form of management is by grazing with livestock, supplemented by slashing back of nettles, thistles, etc, in some years.

Latest records

Further Information
Getting There

OS map ref: SP509958

The reserve lies on both banks of the River Soar on the northern edge of Croft Village, about 12 km southwest of Leicester. Park on the minor road near the Heathcote Arms (SP 511960). Walk up Station Road to the entrance track, which is on the right. N. B. The site is liable to flooding after heavy rain.

This reserve is easily accessible by public transport to Croft village, contact Traveline for further information or phone 0871 200 22 33.

Managed By
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

Group Common name Latin name Last seen
AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria24/06/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria02/05/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa09/05/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena minutula22/05/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum02/04/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum09/05/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana06/05/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsNomada lathburiana06/05/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Bee WaspNomada ruficornis02/05/2013
BeetlesLarch LadybirdAphidecta obliterata20/05/2010
BeetlesAphodius fossor26/06/2014
BeetlesApion rubens09/05/2014
BeetlesCantharis nigra27/06/2016
BeetlesCantharis nigricans22/05/2016
BeetlesCercyon haemorrhoidalis14/07/2014
BeetlesCercyon lateralis26/06/2014
BeetlesCabbage Stem WeevilCeutorhynchus pallidactylus22/05/2016
BeetlesCoccidula rufa22/05/2016
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata22/05/2015
BeetlesDonacia vulgaris26/06/2014
BeetlesGorse WeevilExapion ulicis02/04/2016
BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula22/05/2016
BeetlesHypera rumicis09/05/2014
BeetlesOedemera lurida27/06/2016
BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis27/06/2016
BeetlesOntholestes murinus06/05/2013
BeetlesPhilonthus cruentatus26/06/2014
BeetlesPhilonthus varians26/06/2014
Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata27/06/2016
Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata09/05/2014