Empingham Old Wood Road Verge
Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary
The site is located on the stretch of road that passes Empingham Old Wood, to the north east of Empingham, close to the A1. It lies between the Grantham Lane junction and the Loves Lane junction.
From the A1, exit onto Grantham Lane, and turn right at the Empingham Road crossroads.
It may be possible to park by the verge, but please be mindful of traffic and private land. Alternatively, roadside parking is available in Empingham village, a 20-30 minute walk away.
The nearest bus stops are in Empingham. More information can be found here:
Total species seen at this site: 24
Designated a Local Wildlife Site in 2003, the verge includes both sides of the road. The verges are around 1 km in length and comprised of both mesotrophic and calcareous grassland. In 2006, the site was judged to be well-managed and very species diverse.
Recently recorded species include: Black Knapweed, Meadowsweet, Field Scabious, Autumn Hawkbit, Rough Hawkbit, Burnet Saxifrage, Common Sorrel, Pepper Saxifrage, Hoary Plantain, and Salad Burnet.
A survey in 1992 recorded Kmapweed Broomrape, Clustered Bellflower and Wild Basil.
- Road Verge
- Local Wildlife Site
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Bracken||Pteridium aquilinum||25/05/2019||Andy's Rutland|
|Bee Fly||Bombylius major||20/03/2019||Andy's Rutland|
|Red Dead-nettle||Lamium purpureum||20/03/2019||Andy's Rutland|
|Sweet Violet||Viola odorata||20/03/2019||Andy's Rutland|
|Bladder Campion||Silene vulgaris||17/06/2018||Andy's Rutland|
|Common Knapweed||Centaurea nigra||17/06/2018||Andy's Rutland|
|Common Carder Bumblebee||Bombus pascuorum||17/06/2018||Andy's Rutland|
|Agrimony||Agrimonia eupatoria||17/06/2018||Andy's Rutland|
|Field Scabious||Knautia arvensis||17/06/2018||Andy's Rutland|
|Greater Knapweed||Centaurea scabiosa||17/06/2018||Andy's Rutland|
|Meadow Crane's-bill||Geranium pratense||17/06/2018||Andy's Rutland|
|Ground-elder||Aegopodium podagraria||17/06/2018||Andy's Rutland|
|Hedge Bedstraw||Galium album||17/06/2018||Andy's Rutland|
|Hedge Woundwort||Stachys sylvatica||17/06/2018||Andy's Rutland|
|Black Horehound||Ballota nigra||17/06/2018||Andy's Rutland|