Empingham Old Wood Road Verge

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

    Getting There

    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:


    Managed By
    Rutland County Council
    Wild places

    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.

    Wildlife Highlights

    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
    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    BrackenPteridium aquilinum25/05/2019Andy's Rutland
    Bee FlyBombylius major20/03/2019Andy's Rutland
    Red Dead-nettleLamium purpureum20/03/2019Andy's Rutland
    Sweet VioletViola odorata20/03/2019Andy's Rutland
    Bladder CampionSilene vulgaris17/06/2018Andy's Rutland
    Common KnapweedCentaurea nigra17/06/2018Andy's Rutland
    Common Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum17/06/2018Andy's Rutland
    AgrimonyAgrimonia eupatoria17/06/2018Andy's Rutland
    Field ScabiousKnautia arvensis17/06/2018Andy's Rutland
    Greater KnapweedCentaurea scabiosa17/06/2018Andy's Rutland
    Meadow Crane's-billGeranium pratense17/06/2018Andy's Rutland
    Ground-elderAegopodium podagraria17/06/2018Andy's Rutland
    Hedge BedstrawGalium album17/06/2018Andy's Rutland
    Hedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica17/06/2018Andy's Rutland
    Black HorehoundBallota nigra17/06/2018Andy's Rutland

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum17/06/2018
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina17/06/2018
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus17/06/2018
    Ferns & HorsetailsBrackenPteridium aquilinum25/05/2019
    FliesBee FlyBombylius major20/03/2019
    WildflowersGround-elderAegopodium podagraria17/06/2018
    WildflowersAgrimonyAgrimonia eupatoria17/06/2018
    WildflowersPyramidal OrchidAnacamptis pyramidalis17/06/2018
    WildflowersBlack HorehoundBallota nigra17/06/2018
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra17/06/2018
    WildflowersGreater KnapweedCentaurea scabiosa17/06/2018
    WildflowersHedge BedstrawGalium album17/06/2018
    WildflowersMeadow Crane's-billGeranium pratense17/06/2018
    WildflowersPerforate St John's-wortHypericum perforatum17/06/2018
    WildflowersField ScabiousKnautia arvensis17/06/2018
    WildflowersRed Dead-nettleLamium purpureum20/03/2019
    WildflowersCommon RestharrowOnonis repens17/06/2018
    WildflowersKnapweed BroomrapeOrobanche elatior17/06/2018
    WildflowersWild MignonetteReseda lutea17/06/2018
    WildflowersSmall ScabiousScabiosa columbaria17/06/2018
    WildflowersBladder CampionSilene vulgaris17/06/2018
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica17/06/2018
    WildflowersLesser StitchwortStellaria graminea17/06/2018
    WildflowersSweet VioletViola odorata20/03/2019