Groby, Ratby Road Verge

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

Getting There

The verge is on Ratby Road, outside Groby Community College.

Status

Road verge

Managed By
Leicestershire County Council / Groby Parish Council
Further Information

Wild places

Total species seen at this site:

Description

This verge is now being managed to improve biodiversity as part of the County Council/Parish Council verges biodiversity trial. It will be surveyed in later in the year 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.

Wildlife Highlights

Wildflowers of note include Oxeye Daisy, Germander Speedwell, Black Knapweed and Common Mouse-ear. Grasses include Sweet Vernal Grass and Smooth Meadow-grass. The site has 50+ nest of Yellow Meadow Ant - another indicator of well-established grassland.

Latest News

The verge was surveyed by NatureSpot on 21st May 2022. The findings showed that this verge is high quality grassland habitat with a good number of wildflowers and grasses that are general indicators of well-established meadow grassland. The verge hasn't been cut in recent years (apart from a narrow strip adjacent to the footpath) and is being colonised by numerous tree seedlings and bramble. It is also being shaded by low branches over-hanging the verge from adjacent trees. These issues can be easily corrected by annual mowing and removal of the cuttings.

 

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 images

The latest images and records displayed below include those awaiting verification checks so we cannot guarantee that every identification is correct. Once accepted, the record displays a green tick.

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