Empingham Grantham Lane North Road Verge

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

    Getting There

    Grantham Lane exits direcly off the A1 and connects to Empingham village. The site begins just after Empingham Bloody Oaks wood, and continues down to the Empingham Lane crossroads.

    Parking may be possible by Bloody Oaks or along the verge, but please be mindful of traffic and private land. Some roadside parking is available in Empingham village, but be aware that the walk is 30 minutes or more.

    The nearest bus stops are in Empingham. More information can be found here:

    https://bustimes.org/localities/empingham

    Managed By
    Rutland County Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 137

    Description

    Designated a Local Wildlife Site in 2011, Grantham Lane North verge includes both sides of the road, with the eastern side being 1324 metres long and the western side being 1310 metres long. The main habitats are calcareous grassland and mixed grassland. The verge is approximately 1 metre  wide on the eastern side and 2 metres wide on the western side.

    Wildlife Highlights

    Recorded species include: Agrimony,  Greater Knapweed, Field Scabious, Restharrow, Hoary Plantain, Small Scabious, Black Knapweed, Pignut, Lady’s Bedstraw, Meadow Vetchling, and Common Bird’s-foot Trefoil.

    Status
    • Road Verge
    • Local Wildlife Site

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria29/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena scotica29/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHill Cuckoo BeeBombus rupestris15/07/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae23/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsMelecta albifrons29/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTwo-coloured Mason BeeOsmia bicolor29/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro25/09/2018
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis29/05/2016
    BeetlesCantharis rustica29/05/2016
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata23/07/2018
    BeetlesCryptocephalus aureolus29/05/2016
    BeetlesWelsh ChaferHoplia philanthus02/07/2015
    BeetlesCommon Malachite BeetleMalachius bipustulatus29/05/2016
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis29/05/2016
    BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis29/05/2016
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva18/07/2019
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo28/05/2016
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major06/08/2013
    BirdsRed KiteMilvus milvus06/08/2013
    BirdsBarn OwlTyto alba03/12/2016
    BugsRed-and-black FroghopperCercopis vulnerata29/05/2016
    BugsSloe BugDolycoris baccarum29/08/2018
    BugsLeptopterna dolabrata29/05/2016
    BugsRhopalus subrufus29/05/2016
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io23/07/2018
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae18/07/2019
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines21/05/2019
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus05/07/2017
    ButterfliesDark Green FritillaryArgynnis aglaja18/07/2019
    ButterfliesSilver-washed FritillaryArgynnis paphia23/07/2018
    ButterfliesBrown ArgusAricia agestis29/08/2018
    ButterfliesClouded YellowColias croceus20/07/2018
    ButterfliesDingy SkipperErynnis tages21/05/2019
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni21/05/2019
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas23/07/2018
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina23/07/2018
    ButterfliesMarbled WhiteMelanargia galathea22/06/2017
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus18/07/2019
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria29/08/2018
    ButterfliesLarge WhitePieris brassicae05/07/2017
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi23/07/2018
    ButterfliesChalk hill BluePolyommatus coridon11/08/2013
    ButterfliesCommon Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus29/08/2018
    ButterfliesGrizzled SkipperPyrgus malvae29/08/2018
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus18/07/2019
    ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris23/07/2018
    ButterfliesPainted LadyVanessa cardui31/07/2015
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTiger CraneflyNephrotoma flavescens02/07/2015
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula fascipennis29/05/2016
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula vernalis29/05/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis18/07/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum18/07/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum25/09/2018
    FliesViolet Black-legged Robber FlyDioctria atricapilla29/05/2016
    FliesPlatystoma seminationis29/05/2016
    FliesSarcophaga sp.29/05/2016
    FungiSt George's MushroomCalocybe gambosa21/05/2019
    FungiRose RustPhragmidium mucronatum29/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTor-grassBrachypodium pinnatum agg.05/07/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHairy-bromeBromopsis ramosa29/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesGlaucous SedgeCarex flacca29/05/2016
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Field GrasshopperChorthippus brunneus02/07/2015
    Grasshoppers & CricketsMeadow GrasshopperChorthippus parallelus05/07/2017
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus02/07/2019
    HoverfliesSyrphus ribesii18/07/2019
    HoverfliesVolucella bombylans29/05/2016
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria cephalonea29/05/2016
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria eriobia29/05/2016
    MothsTreble-barAplocera plagiata21/05/2019
    MothsSilver YAutographa gamma05/07/2017
    MothsCommon CarpetEpirrhoe alternata29/05/2016
    MothsBurnet CompanionEuclidia glyphica29/05/2016
    MothsDwarf PugEupithecia tantillaria24/05/2009
    MothsThe LackeyMalacosoma neustria06/05/2019
    MothsYellow-barred Long-hornNemophora degeerella29/05/2016
    MothsSmall Purple & GoldPyrausta aurata29/05/2016
    MothsPine Hawk-mothSphinx pinastri01/07/2020
    MothsSix-Spot BurnetZygaena filipendulae23/07/2018
    SawfliesMacrophya annulata29/05/2016
    SawfliesTenthredo mesomela29/05/2016
    SawfliesTenthredopsis nassata29/05/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior23/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra23/07/2018
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium02/07/2019
    WildflowersAgrimonyAgrimonia eupatoria23/07/2018
    WildflowersPyramidal OrchidAnacamptis pyramidalis26/06/2016
    WildflowersLesser BurdockArctium minus23/07/2018
    WildflowersLords-and-LadiesArum maculatum23/07/2018
    WildflowersDeadly NightshadeAtropa belladonna23/07/2018
    WildflowersYellow-wortBlackstonia perfoliata18/07/2019
    WildflowersQuaking-grassBriza media29/05/2016
    WildflowersWhite BryonyBryonia dioica02/07/2019
    WildflowersClustered BellflowerCampanula glomerata05/07/2017
    WildflowersHarebellCampanula rotundifolia25/09/2018
    WildflowersHairy Bitter-cressCardamine hirsuta05/03/2017
    WildflowersCarline ThistleCarlina vulgaris25/09/2018
    WildflowersGreater KnapweedCentaurea scabiosa02/07/2019
    WildflowersCommon CentauryCentaurium erythraea02/07/2019
    WildflowersRosebay WillowherbChamerion angustifolium23/07/2018
    WildflowersDwarf ThistleCirsium acaule18/07/2019
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare22/06/2017
    WildflowersWild BasilClinopodium vulgare25/09/2018
    WildflowersPignutConopodium majus18/05/2017
    WildflowersHound's-tongueCynoglossum officinale02/07/2015
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum02/07/2015
    WildflowersCommon Eyebright agg.Euphrasia officinalis agg.23/07/2018
    WildflowersWild StrawberryFragaria vesca20/04/2017
    WildflowersHedge BedstrawGalium album02/07/2019
    WildflowersLady's BedstrawGalium verum02/07/2019
    WildflowersAutumn GentianGentianella amarella05/09/2020
    WildflowersCommon Rock-roseHelianthemum nummularium02/07/2019
    WildflowersHorseshoe VetchHippocrepis comosa18/05/2017
    WildflowersImperforate St John's-wortHypericum maculatum18/07/2019
    WildflowersField ScabiousKnautia arvensis05/07/2017
    WildflowersCommon ToadflaxLinaria vulgaris29/08/2018
    WildflowersFairy FlaxLinum catharticum29/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon GromwellLithospermum officinale18/07/2019
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus18/05/2017
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina02/07/2019
    WildflowersRed BartsiaOdontites vernus23/07/2018
    WildflowersCommon RestharrowOnonis repens02/07/2019
    WildflowersBee OrchidOphrys apifera02/07/2019
    WildflowersWild MarjoramOriganum vulgare23/07/2018
    WildflowersMouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum02/07/2019
    WildflowersCommon MilkwortPolygala vulgaris21/05/2019
    WildflowersSalad BurnetPoterium sanguisorba21/05/2019
    WildflowersWild MignonetteReseda lutea23/07/2018
    WildflowersYellow-rattleRhinanthus minor05/07/2017
    WildflowersSmall ScabiousScabiosa columbaria05/07/2017
    WildflowersWhite CampionSilene latifolia02/07/2019
    WildflowersBladder CampionSilene vulgaris18/07/2019
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica02/07/2019
    WildflowersWild ThymeThymus drucei05/07/2017
    WildflowersGreat MulleinVerbascum thapsus29/08/2018
    WildflowersHeath SpeedwellVeronica officinalis29/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon Field-speedwellVeronica persica13/03/2017
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum02/07/2015