Easthorpe Muston Lane verge

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

    Getting There

    This small stretch of verge is on Muston Lane on the eastern edge of Easthorpe and opposite the bench.

    Status

    Road verge

    Managed By
    Leicestershire County Council / Bottesford Parish Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 22

    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 backs onto an arable field, bordered by a post and wire fence with a low and patchy hedge line. Floral diversity was generally low and dominated by Cow Parsley, Hogweed, Nettle and False Oat-grass – species that thrive on highly fertile soils. Whilst these are highly beneficial plants for wildlife, their robust nature will outcompete smaller meadow wildflowers until the soil fertility is reduced.

     

    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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    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera13/06/2021
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata13/06/2021
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis13/06/2021
    BugsLeptopterna dolabrata13/06/2021
    Centipedes & MillipedesStriped MillipedeOmmatoiulus sabulosus13/06/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis13/06/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBarren BromeAnisantha sterilis13/06/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius13/06/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata13/06/2021
    HoverfliesNarcissus Bulb FlyMerodon equestris13/06/2021
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.13/06/2021
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris13/06/2021
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare13/06/2021
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine13/06/2021
    WildflowersGround-ivyGlechoma hederacea13/06/2021
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium13/06/2021
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album13/06/2021
    WildflowersCreeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans13/06/2021
    WildflowersCurled DockRumex crispus13/06/2021
    WildflowersWhite CampionSilene latifolia13/06/2021
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.13/06/2021
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica13/06/2021