Coalville Meadows

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    Getting There

    There is access to the site from the Ivanhoe Way footpath.

    Status

    Site of special Scientific Interest

    Managed By
    Friends of Holly Hayes Wood
    Further Information
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 86

    Description

    This is a 6 hectare site to the east of Whitwick. It is one of the best examples of neutral grassland and has been designated as a SSSI (see below).

    Wildlife Highlights

    The grassland is poorly drained and is dominated by tufted hair-grass Deschampsia caespitosa, Yorkshire fog Holcus lanatus, red fescue Festuca rubra and great burnet Sanguisorba officinalis. Additionally, flora typical of relatively basepoor clay soils, such as pignut Conopodium majus, betony Betonica officinalis, heath bedstraw Galium saxatile, tormentil Potentilla erecta, devil's-bit scabious Succisa pratensis, and mat grass Nardus stricta, are present. The grassland also includes typical meadow species as saw-wort Serratula tinctoria, meadow thistle Cirsium dissectum, knapweed Centaurea nigra and lady's smock Cardamine pratensis.

     

    The records and images below may include those from adjacent sites if the grid reference submitted with these records overlaps the boundary of this Wild Place.

    Latest records
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    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Meadow BrownManiola jurtina18/07/2021John Hague
    CommaPolygonia c-album18/07/2021John Hague
    Purple HairstreakFavonius quercus18/07/2021John Hague
    Purple EmperorApatura iris18/07/2021John Hague
    Small SkipperThymelicus sylvestris18/07/2021John Hague
    GatekeeperPyronia tithonus18/07/2021John Hague
    Common Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum18/07/2021John Hague
    Devil's-bit ScabiousSuccisa pratensis14/07/2021David Nicholls
    Greater Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus pedunculatus14/07/2021David Nicholls
    Tufted Hair-grassDeschampsia cespitosa14/07/2021David Nicholls
    TimothyPhleum pratense14/07/2021David Nicholls
    Sweet Vernal-grassAnthoxanthum odoratum14/07/2021David Nicholls
    SneezewortAchillea ptarmica14/07/2021David Nicholls
    Lesser StitchwortStellaria graminea14/07/2021David Nicholls
    Marsh-bedstrawGalium palustre14/07/2021David Nicholls
    Nursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis14/07/2021David Nicholls
    Creeping Soft-grassHolcus mollis14/07/2021David Nicholls
    Hairy SedgeCarex hirta14/07/2021David Nicholls
    Reed Canary-grassPhalaris arundinacea14/07/2021David Nicholls
    Tall FescueSchedonorus arundinaceus14/07/2021David Nicholls
    Leptopterna dolabrata14/07/2021David Nicholls
    The BlackneckLygephila pastinum12/07/2021Lindsi Donovan
    MeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria07/07/2021Melinda Bell
    Devil's-bit ScabiousSuccisa pratensis07/07/2021Melinda Bell
    BetonyStachys officinalis07/07/2021Melinda Bell
    Great BurnetSanguisorba officinalis07/07/2021Melinda Bell
    Fox-and-cubsPilosella aurantiaca07/07/2021Melinda Bell
    Great BurnetSanguisorba officinalis26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Marsh ThistleCirsium palustre26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Meadow BrownManiola jurtina26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Meadow ButtercupRanunculus acris26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Nettle-tapAnthophila fabriciana26/06/2021David Nicholls
    PignutConopodium majus26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Chimney SweeperOdezia atrata26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Chrysopilus cristatus26/06/2021David Nicholls
    BetonyStachys officinalis26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Common Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus26/06/2021David Nicholls
    TormentilPotentilla erecta26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Common SorrelRumex acetosa26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Common Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Lesser StitchwortStellaria graminea26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Pellucid FlyVolucella pellucens26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Yellow-rattleRhinanthus minor26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Tufted VetchVicia cracca26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Soft-rushJuncus effusus26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Rhagio tringarius26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Straw DotRivula sericealis26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Psyllopsis fraxini agg.26/06/2021David Nicholls
    RingletAphantopus hyperantus26/06/2021David Nicholls
    Song ThrushTurdus philomelos26/06/2021David Nicholls

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BeetlesThick-legged Flower BeetleIschnomera cyanea26/06/2021
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis13/06/2020
    BeetlesRhinoceros BeetleSinodendron cylindricum07/06/2021
    BirdsYellowhammerEmberiza citrinella26/06/2021
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs26/06/2021
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita26/06/2021
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos26/06/2021
    BugsRed-and-black FroghopperCercopis vulnerata07/06/2021
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus13/06/2020
    BugsLeptopterna dolabrata14/07/2021
    BugsPsyllopsis fraxini agg.26/06/2021
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io02/08/2020
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae13/06/2020
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines20/05/2020
    ButterfliesPurple EmperorApatura iris18/07/2021
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus02/08/2020
    ButterfliesPurple HairstreakFavonius quercus18/07/2021
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas02/08/2020
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina13/06/2020
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus13/06/2020
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria20/05/2020
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album18/07/2021
    ButterfliesCommon Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus07/06/2021
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus18/07/2021
    ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris02/08/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum26/06/2021
    FliesChrysopilus cristatus26/06/2021
    FliesDolichopus trivialis26/06/2021
    FliesAwkward ClusterflyPollenia rudis26/06/2021
    FliesRhagio scolopaceus07/06/2021
    FliesRhagio tringarius26/06/2021
    FungiGreat Burnet RustXenodochus carbonarius20/05/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSweet Vernal-grassAnthoxanthum odoratum14/07/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius26/06/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHairy SedgeCarex hirta14/07/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCrested Dog's-tailCynosurus cristatus26/06/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata13/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTufted Hair-grassDeschampsia cespitosa14/07/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus13/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCreeping Soft-grassHolcus mollis14/07/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSoft-rushJuncus effusus26/06/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMat-grassNardus stricta07/06/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesReed Canary-grassPhalaris arundinacea14/07/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTimothyPhleum pratense14/07/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTall FescueSchedonorus arundinaceus14/07/2021
    Grasshoppers & CricketsRoesel's Bush-cricketRoeseliana roeselii02/08/2020
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus13/06/2020
    HoverfliesMigrant HoverflyEupeodes corollae08/06/2020
    HoverfliesPellucid FlyVolucella pellucens26/06/2021
    MammalsMuntjacMuntiacus reevesi20/12/2020
    MothsNettle-tapAnthophila fabriciana26/06/2021
    MothsThe BlackneckLygephila pastinum12/07/2021
    MothsChimney SweeperOdezia atrata26/06/2021
    MothsStraw DotRivula sericealis26/06/2021
    MothsSilver-ground CarpetXanthorhoe montanata07/06/2021
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis14/07/2021
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHoneysuckleLonicera periclymenum20/05/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWhite PoplarPopulus alba02/08/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWhite WillowSalix alba02/08/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersCreeping WillowSalix repens07/06/2021
    WildflowersSneezewortAchillea ptarmica14/07/2021
    WildflowersBugleAjuga reptans07/06/2021
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra20/05/2020
    WildflowersMarsh ThistleCirsium palustre20/12/2020
    WildflowersPignutConopodium majus20/05/2020
    WildflowersCommon Spotted-orchidDactylorhiza fuchsii07/06/2021
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria07/07/2021
    WildflowersMarsh-bedstrawGalium palustre14/07/2021
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus26/06/2021
    WildflowersGreater Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus pedunculatus14/07/2021
    WildflowersFox-and-cubsPilosella aurantiaca07/07/2021
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata07/06/2021
    WildflowersSilverweedPotentilla anserina02/08/2020
    WildflowersTormentilPotentilla erecta26/06/2021
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris20/05/2020
    WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris26/06/2021
    WildflowersYellow-rattleRhinanthus minor08/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa26/06/2021
    WildflowersGreat BurnetSanguisorba officinalis08/06/2020
    WildflowersBetonyStachys officinalis26/06/2021
    WildflowersLesser StitchwortStellaria graminea07/06/2021
    WildflowersDevil's-bit ScabiousSuccisa pratensis14/07/2021
    WildflowersTufted VetchVicia cracca26/06/2021