Countesthorpe Leicester Rd verge

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

Getting There

The verge is on Leicester Road at the north of the village.

Managed By
Leicestershire County Council / Countesthorpe Parish Council
Wild places

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Description

This verge is being managed to improve biodiversity as part of the County Council/Parish Council verges biodiversity trial. It was surveyed in 2021 by NatureSpot volunteers but we would welcome additional wildlife records from the community, whether plants, animals or fungi.

The aim of the project is to demonstrate that by managing the grassland as a wildflower meadow it can support a much greater diversity of wildlife species. Different species come and go throughout the year so we will get a much better understanding of the biodiversity value of this site if local residents can add records of what they have seen. Please take a photo if possible and include it with your record, using NatureSpot's Submit Records form. Once checked and accepted your record and any photos will appear on this page!

The verge is now being managed differently to help wildlife. Mowing will cease between April and August to allow the grasses and wildflowers to grow and bloom. In some cases, verges will also have additional native wildflower species added, either as seed or as plug plants.

A list of all the species found at the site, together with any images taken, will appear below once the survey has taken place.

Wildlife Highlights

This verge runs alongside the Leicester Road and is on level ground.  The verge is backed by a ditch and hedge. Most of the verge appeared to have been mown earlier in the year and the vegetation was reaching a height of 20 cm or so, with some vigorous plants being taller. It supported a few quality meadow species including Red Clover, Meadow Buttercup and Bulbous Buttercup which suggests this verge has potential if well managed.

 

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.

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