Welcome to the Ullesthorpe NatureSpot page which gives local residents the opportunity to find out about, and contribute to, our knowledge of the wildlife in the parish. Just click on the headers of these stories to read more.
Ullesthorpe lies in the south of Leicestershire, near to the border. It has a long history with both prehistoric and Roman archaeological finds from the area. The name Ullesthorpe was given by the Danes.
Ullesthorpe has joined the Leicestershire verge biodiversity project and has taken on the management of two verges at the eastern and western ends of the village. To find out more, see the Wild Place page links above.
Total species seen in this parish:
Verges for wildlife
Parish Councils are being invited by Leicestershire County Council to take over the management of selected road verges in their area in order to improve their value for wildlife. So far, over 50 verges have been adopted and all have been, or will be, surveyed by NatureSpot to find out which species are already growing there. Surveys in 2020 revealed a surprising diversity of flora with an average of over 30 species on each verge. Encourage your parish council to take part! More information about the project can be found here.
We need more wildlife observations from around Ullesthorpe. So, if you've seen a species you recognise, from a Blue tit to a Bluebell, click on the header to find out what to do.
The Green Hairstreak is an uncommon butterfly in Leicestershire but this one was found in Ullesthorpe. It is the only green butterfly in Britain and the only one to overwinter as a chrysalis. The caterpillars feed on Gorse, Dogwood, Broom and a few other plants.
The images and records below are all from the parish and have been submitted by the community.
|Species group||Total no. of species||Total no. of records|
|Grasses, Rushes & Sedges||10||15|
|Trees, Shrubs & Climbers||10||15|
|Dragonflies and Damselflies||2||3|
|Slugs & Snails||1||1|
|Bees, Wasps, Ants||1||2|
|Craneflies, Gnats & Midges||1||1|