Wash Brook Nature Reserve

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 202

Latest News

Knighton Wild is organising a work party at Wash Brook Nature Reserve on Wednesday 20th December 2017 from 12.00 noon to 3.00 pm to clean and tidy up in and around the pond with Leicester City Council Parks Volunteers.  Contact Knighton Wild if you want to come along.  See more details on the Knighton Ward page.


The Wash Brook Nature Reserve is a large triangular Public Open Space (POS) (2.8 hectares approx) located within the Knighton Ward and owned and managed by Leicester City Council. It is bisected by the Wash Brook. The Midland Mainline Railway forms the Western boundary.

There is a public footbridge that offers access to both compartments to either side of the Wash Brook and encourages users to access all areas of the nature reserve. The site is also used as a short cut for students from the nearby Sir Jonathan North and Lancaster Schools.

The reserve consists of a number of important habitats which include species rich mesotrophic (neutral) grassland, native broadleaved woodland, a field pond and the Wash Brook. In addition, there are areas of rough grassland which provide additional habitats for invertebrates, birds and mammals. The site is surrounded by residential and industrial developed sites, but the Midland Mainline Railway and Wash Brook provide opportunities to connect to adjacent green space nearby.

Latest records

Getting There

Access is from Knighton Lane East near the railway bridge or from the path that runs under the railway line between the schools and Cheviot Road/Neston Road.

Managed By
Leicester City Council

Group Common name Latin name Last seen
AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo26/08/2017
AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris26/08/2017
AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria09/08/2015
Barklice & BookliceStenopsocus stigmaticus26/08/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsAmblyteles armatorius26/06/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera09/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum09/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius09/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.26/06/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum09/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum26/06/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris09/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus09/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsMegachile ligniseca09/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsPimpla rufipes26/06/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris09/08/2015
BeetlesCantharis rustica26/06/2016
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata09/08/2015
BeetlesCrepidodera fulvicornis26/08/2017
BeetlesLagria hirta26/06/2016
BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis26/06/2016
BeetlesCabbage-stem Flea BeetlePsylliodes chrysocephala26/08/2017
Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata26/06/2016
BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva09/08/2015
BeetlesPea-leaf WeevilSitona lineatus26/08/2017
BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus26/06/2016
BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos26/06/2016
BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis09/08/2015
BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus26/06/2016
BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone26/06/2016