Kirby Frith LNR, Leicester

    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.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 77

    Description

    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.

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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
    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

    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
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBee 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
    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