Empingham Bloody Oaks Roadside Verge

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

    Getting There

    The verge is just off the A1, on Grantham Lane heading southwest. The site is limited to the verge in front of Bloody Oaks woodland.

    There is no bus service to this area.

    Managed By
    Rutland County Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 14

    Description

    Designated a Local Wildlife Site in 2003, Bloody Oaks verge covers an area of 2500m2, and is approximately 200 metres in length. It is located on Grantham Lane by the A1 on the northwestern side of the road only. The main habitats are calcareous grassland, mesotrophic grassland, and mixed grassland.

    Wildlife Highlights

    Recorded species include: Agrimony, Bee Orchid, Blue Fleabane, Clustered Bellflower, Eyebright, Purging Flax, Yellow-wort, Autumn Hawkbit, Rough Hawkbit, Common Bird’s-foot Trefoil, Black Knapweed, Cowslip, Glaucous Sedge, Common Restharrow, Red Clover, Ox-eye Daisy, Meadow Vetchling, Burnet Saxifrage, Angelica, and Hard Rush.

    Status
    • Road Verge
    • Local Wildlife Site
    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Woolly ThistleCirsium eriophorum08/07/2017martindgrimes
    Red KiteMilvus milvus24/06/2017Rod Baker
    Spear ThistleCirsium vulgare22/06/2017martindgrimes
    Common Field-speedwellVeronica persica13/03/2017martindgrimes
    Hairy Bitter-cressCardamine hirsuta05/03/2017martindgrimes
    Six-belted ClearwingBembecia ichneumoniformis23/07/2015Adrian Russell
    Six-Spot BurnetZygaena filipendulae23/07/2015Adrian Russell
    Small SkipperThymelicus sylvestris23/07/2015Adrian Russell
    Meadow BrownManiola jurtina23/07/2015Adrian Russell
    Wrinkled SnailCandidula intersecta27/09/1988Adrian Rundle
    Discus SnailDiscus rotundatus27/09/1988Adrian Rundle
    Kentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana27/09/1988Adrian Rundle
    Strawberry SnailTrochulus striolatus27/09/1988Adrian Rundle
    Common Whorl SnailVertigo pygmaea27/09/1988Adrian Rundle