Kirby Frith LNR, Leicester

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

    Getting There

    There is an entrance to the south and mid-way up the site off Ryder Road, off Scudamore Road and adjacent to a small shopping complex.  It is possible to park on the road or in the shops car park.  A regular bus service from the city centre serves the local community (check bus time table and numbers for up-to-date information).

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 78


    Kirby Frith Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is the last (and fortunately probably the richest) fragment of a much larger area of unimproved and semi-improved grassland.  It is adjacent to the former Western Golf-course Local Wildlife Site, and was originally part of the golf-course.  It is now surrounded on three sides by roads and industry, and is designated as public open space as well as a Local Wildlife Site.  It is managed by cut and bale with removal of arisings to retain low nutrients and encourage greater diversity.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The main feature of interest is the relic species-rich neutral grassland which is believed to be one of the diverse meadows remaining in Leicestershire.  It supports many species including Sneezewort, Agrimony, Lady’s smock, Sedges, Knapweed, Devil’s bit scabious, Betony and Yellow-rattle and Meadowsweet.  The diverse range of plants and grasses support an abundant insect population.

    It has a species-rich hedgerow planted when the housing development was constructed approximately 20 years ago.  This has matured and is managed as a high forest/hedgerow.  It is important as a nesting site for birds.  Waxwing and common hedgerow bird species have been recorded here.

    It contains a number of other maturing broadleaf trees that add to the landscape and visual amenity of this small, but attractive nature reserve.


    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.

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    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    MeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Cow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris05/05/2018David Nicholls
    TimothyPhleum pratense05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Wood AvensGeum urbanum05/05/2018David Nicholls
    BlackthornPrunus spinosa05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Wild CherryPrunus avium05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Dusky SlugArion subfuscus05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Harlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Creeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans05/05/2018David Nicholls
    HogweedHeracleum sphondylium05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Pill WoodlouseArmadillidium vulgare05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Common Striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Pogonognathellus longicornis05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Lesser CelandineFicaria verna05/05/2018David Nicholls
    CleaversGalium aparine05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Common VetchVicia sativa05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Green-veined WhitePieris napi05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Wood PigeonColumba palumbus05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Carrion CrowCorvus corone05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Bramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Pedunculate OakQuercus robur05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Annual Meadow-grassPoa annua05/05/2018David Nicholls
    HawthornCrataegus monogyna05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Hammered Shield LichenParmelia sulcata05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Silver BirchBetula pendula05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Cock's-footDactylis glomerata05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Lesser StitchwortStellaria graminea05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Common Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Creeping ButtercupRanunculus repens05/05/2018David Nicholls
    AshFraxinus excelsior05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Great BurnetSanguisorba officinalis05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Dandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Black BryonyDioscorea communis05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Common KnapweedCentaurea nigra05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Meadow ButtercupRanunculus acris05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Garlic SnailOxychilus alliarius05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Common Shiny WoodlouseOniscus asellus05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Smooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Field Wood-rushLuzula campestris05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Broad-leaved WillowherbEpilobium montanum05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Common Mouse-earCerastium fontanum05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Xanthoria parietina05/05/2018David Nicholls
    CuckooflowerCardamine pratensis05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Oak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Ram's-horn Gall WaspAndricus aries05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Wild PrivetLigustrum vulgare05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Horse-chestnutAesculus hippocastanum05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Ground-ivyGlechoma hederacea05/05/2018David Nicholls
    Hoary WillowherbEpilobium parviflorum05/05/2018David Nicholls

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris05/05/2018
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria05/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva05/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRam's-horn Gall WaspAndricus aries05/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari05/05/2018
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis05/05/2018
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus05/05/2018
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone05/05/2018
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula05/05/2018
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines05/05/2018
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria05/05/2018
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi05/05/2018
    FliesBee FlyBombylius major05/05/2018
    FungiCommon JellyspotDacrymyces stillatus05/05/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse-bromeBrachypodium sylvaticum05/05/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata05/05/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTufted Hair-grassDeschampsia cespitosa05/05/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesField Wood-rushLuzula campestris05/05/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTimothyPhleum pratense05/05/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesAnnual Meadow-grassPoa annua05/05/2018
    LichensHammered Shield LichenParmelia sulcata05/05/2018
    LichensXanthoria parietina05/05/2018
    Slime MouldsAlbugo candida05/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.05/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus05/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsGarlic SnailOxychilus alliarius05/05/2018
    Springtails & BristletailsPogonognathellus longicornis05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersNorway MapleAcer platanoides05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHorse-chestnutAesculus hippocastanum05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild PrivetLigustrum vulgare05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild CherryPrunus avium05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField-roseRosa arvensis05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra05/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGuelder RoseViburnum opulus05/05/2018
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris05/05/2018
    WildflowersLords-and-LadiesArum maculatum05/05/2018
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis05/05/2018
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra05/05/2018
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum05/05/2018
    WildflowersBlack BryonyDioscorea communis05/05/2018
    WildflowersBroad-leaved WillowherbEpilobium montanum05/05/2018
    WildflowersHoary WillowherbEpilobium parviflorum05/05/2018
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna05/05/2018
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria05/05/2018
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine05/05/2018
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum05/05/2018
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum05/05/2018
    WildflowersGround-ivyGlechoma hederacea05/05/2018
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium05/05/2018
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris05/05/2018
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus05/05/2018
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata05/05/2018
    WildflowersGreater PlantainPlantago major05/05/2018
    WildflowersTormentilPotentilla erecta05/05/2018
    WildflowersCreeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans05/05/2018
    WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris05/05/2018
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens05/05/2018
    WildflowersYellow-rattleRhinanthus minor05/05/2018
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa05/05/2018
    WildflowersGreat BurnetSanguisorba officinalis05/05/2018
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica05/05/2018
    WildflowersLesser StitchwortStellaria graminea05/05/2018
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.05/05/2018
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica05/05/2018
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa05/05/2018
    Woodlice, CrustaceansPill WoodlouseArmadillidium vulgare05/05/2018
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Shiny WoodlouseOniscus asellus05/05/2018
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum05/05/2018