Newtown Linford, Markfield Lane verge

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

Getting There

The verge lies on the southern side of Markfield Road where it leaves the village.


Road verge

Managed By
Leicestershire County Council / Newtown Linford Parish Council
Further Information

Wild places

Total species seen at this site:


This verge is being managed to improve biodiversity as part of the County Council/Parish Council verges biodiversity trial. It was surveyed in June 2021 by NatureSpot and Newtown Linford Biodiversity 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. In some cases, verges will also have additional native wildflower species added, either as seed or as plug plants.

Survey Results

The survey has found that this verge comprises high quality grassland with an impressive diversity of wildflowers and grasses. The hedge at the rear of the verge adds additional wildlife value and supports a number of wildflower species normally found in woodland, such as Dog's Mercury and Wood Anemone. Several mature trees grow along the verge and the shade adds further to the habitat mosaic, as does the hard-standing around the electrical sub-station.

A number of uncommon wildflower species grow here, including Goldilocks Buttercup and Shining Cranesbill. The gentle slope of the verge has probably helped to limit nutrient build-up due to rain leaching these from the soil. Low nutrient soil supports a greater diversity of floral species.


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.

In the Latest Records section, click on the header to sort A-Z, and again to sort Z-A. Use the header boxes to filter the list.

Latest records