New Lount

    Wildlife Highlights

    Birds such as green woodpeckers, chiffchaffs, black caps, willow warblers, treecreepers, goldcrests, willow and marsh tits can be seen regularly within the nature reserve. Tawny owls and sparrowhawks have been known to nest and breed here.
    Dragonflies and damselflies are prevalent around the ponds during the summer and early autumn months. Brown and southern hawkers, plus common blue and azure damselflies have all been recorded at the site.
    The four ponds support much life including various insects; the presence of which encourages bats, such as common and soprano pipstrelles, to feed here.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 242


    New Lount Nature Reserve is a 19.5 hectare mixed reserve of species-rich grassland, ponds, plantation woodland and scrub within The National Forest. The site, which was designated a statutory Local Nature Reserve in 1995, sits on the site of the former New Lount colliery.

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    Getting There

    Melbourne Road, Newbold Coleorton, LE67 8JH. Pedestrian access can also be gained via the public footpath adjoining the NE corner of the site. Note the car park within the site opens at 9am and closes at 4pm.

    Managed By
    Leicestershire County Council

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansPalmate NewtLissotriton helveticus28/04/2012
    AmphibiansGreat Crested NewtTriturus cristatus28/04/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius09/06/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum13/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum14/06/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis09/06/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEctemnius continuus14/06/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca19/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus13/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis27/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum27/07/2017
    BeetlesAbax parallelepipedus08/05/2010
    BeetlesOrchid BeetleDascillus cervinus14/06/2012
    BeetlesElaphrus cupreus14/06/2012
    BeetlesGorse WeevilExapion ulicis13/05/2016
    BeetlesGrammoptera ruficornis14/06/2012
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis09/06/2011
    BeetlesGlow-wormLampyris noctiluca28/04/2012
    BeetlesLeistus spinibarbis28/04/2012
    BeetlesNebria salina28/04/2012
    BeetlesOedemera lurida30/05/2015
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis30/05/2015
    BeetlesNettle WeevilPhyllobius pomaceus13/05/2016
    BeetlesPolydrusus cervinus14/06/2012
    BeetlesPolydrusus pterygomalis14/06/2012
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata13/05/2016
    BeetlesBlack Clock BeetlePterostichus madidus13/05/2016
    BeetlesPterostichus niger13/05/2016
    BeetlesPterostichus nigrita14/06/2012
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva15/08/2016