Brookside Meadow, Glenfield
Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary
Pedestrian access to the site is from the footpath and cycle way on the old railway line to the north. Two further access points are located on Kirby Road and one on Mill Lane.
Total species seen at this site: 147
This site was established as a nature area in 2017 following the development of the adjacent commercial units. A new permissive cycleway now crosses the site with a bridge over Rothley Brook to connect to the footpath and cycle way running along the old line of the Leicester and Swannington Railway. This was one of England's first railways, being opened in 1832 to bring coal from collieries. There are also mown grass paths.
It links the path and cycleway through Optimus point and Kirby Road Ponds to a new cycleway off the old railway line going over to the border of Ratby and Groby and giving access into the National Forest. This cycleway roughly follows the line of a railway spur going to Groby and the stretch from the end of this new route can still be walked
The site is mainly grassland with some areas of planted trees and is part of the flood plain running alongside the Rothley Brook. The Brook supports a good range of wetland species, including Banded Demoiselle damselflies. Kingfisher is an occasional sighting. The grassland contains some interesting species, such as Great Burnet, Meadow Buttercup and Great Willowherb.
This site is part of recently developed network of new public green spaces and pathways established as part of a commercial and residential development on land near to the M1/A46 junction. It includes a new bridge over the brook.
Thanks to Glenfield Parish Council for sponsoring the Brookside Meadows page.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Common Toad||Bufo bufo||18/05/2020||Ben Devine|
|Common Toad||Bufo bufo||21/03/2020||Ben Devine|
|Water Mint||Mentha aquatica||21/03/2020||Ben Devine|
|Bulrush||Typha latifolia||21/03/2020||Ben Devine|
|Smooth Newt||Lissotriton vulgaris||21/03/2020||Ben Devine|
|Common Frog||Rana temporaria||21/03/2020||Ben Devine|
|Hairy Snail||Trochulus hispidus||06/02/2020||David Nicholls|
|Whirlpool Ramshorn||Anisus vortex||06/02/2020||David Nicholls|
|Jenkins' Spire Snail||Potamopyrgus antipodarum||06/02/2020||David Nicholls|
|Brown-lipped Snail||Cepaea nemoralis||06/02/2020||David Nicholls|
|Strawberry Snail||Trochulus striolatus||06/02/2020||David Nicholls|
|Swollen-thighed Beetle||Oedemera nobilis||25/05/2019||David Nicholls|
|Corizus hyoscyami||25/05/2019||David Nicholls|
|Sloe Bug||Dolycoris baccarum||25/05/2019||David Nicholls|
|Bishop's Mitre Shieldbug||Aelia acuminata||25/05/2019||David Nicholls|