Brookside Meadow, Glenfield

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

    Getting There

    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.

    Managed By
    Savilles Management Company appointed by Wilson Bowden
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 147

    Description

    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

    Wildlife Highlights

    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.

    Latest News

    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

    Thanks to Glenfield Parish Council for sponsoring the Brookside Meadows page.


    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo21/03/2020
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris21/03/2020
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria17/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius06/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum06/07/2018
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis25/05/2019
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis09/08/2018
    BeetlesIlybius fuliginosus09/08/2018
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis25/05/2019
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata25/05/2019
    BeetlesViburnum BeetlePyrrhalta viburni25/05/2019
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva06/07/2018
    BeetlesRhinocyllus conicus25/05/2019
    Beetles16 Spot LadybirdTytthaspis sedecimpunctata25/05/2019
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos03/07/2018
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus09/08/2018
    BirdsGrey WagtailMotacilla cinerea01/01/2018
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes01/01/2018
    BugsBishop's Mitre ShieldbugAelia acuminata25/05/2019
    BugsCommon Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum06/07/2018
    BugsRed-and-black FroghopperCercopis vulnerata25/05/2019
    BugsGreen Leaf-hopperCicadella viridis09/08/2018
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus09/08/2018
    BugsCorizus hyoscyami25/05/2019
    BugsSloe BugDolycoris baccarum25/05/2019
    BugsBrassica ShieldbugEurydema oleracea25/05/2019
    BugsCommon PondskaterGerris lacustris09/08/2018
    BugsNotonecta viridis09/08/2018
    BugsSaldula agg.24/07/2018
    BugsSpear Thistle LacebugTingis cardui25/05/2019
    BugsBlue ShieldbugZicrona caerulea06/07/2018
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae06/07/2018
    ButterfliesHolly BlueCelastrina argiolus06/07/2018
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas17/09/2018
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina06/07/2018
    ButterfliesLarge WhitePieris brassicae06/07/2018
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi06/07/2018
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album06/07/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea09/08/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis13/07/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens06/07/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum09/08/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans09/08/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum09/08/2018
    Ferns & HorsetailsMarsh HorsetailEquisetum palustre06/07/2018
    FishThree-spined SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus09/08/2018
    FliesYellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria25/05/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMarsh FoxtailAlopecurus geniculatus25/05/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesWild-oatAvena fatua09/08/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHairy-bromeBromopsis ramosa06/07/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata06/07/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon CouchElymus repens06/07/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus06/07/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSoft-rushJuncus effusus09/08/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHard RushJuncus inflexus06/07/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesItalian Rye-grassLolium multiflorum06/07/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPerennial Rye-grassLolium perenne25/05/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesReed Canary-grassPhalaris arundinacea06/07/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTimothyPhleum pratense09/08/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon ReedPhragmites australis09/08/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesRough Meadow-grassPoa trivialis06/07/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia15/01/2018
    Grasshoppers & CricketsLong Winged Cone-headConocephalus fuscus17/09/2018
    HoverfliesCommon Drone FlyEristalis tenax17/09/2018
    HoverfliesEupeodes luniger17/09/2018
    HoverfliesChequered HoverflyMelanostoma scalare09/08/2018
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesAlder FlySialis lutaria25/05/2019
    MammalsRabbitOryctolagus cuniculus13/07/2018
    MayfliesLarge Dark Olive MayflyBaetis rhodani26/04/2015
    MayfliesLake OliveCloeon simile09/08/2018
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAculus craspedobius09/08/2018
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAculus tetanothrix09/08/2018
    MothsWakely's DowdBlastobasis lacticolella06/07/2018
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae09/08/2018
    SawfliesAquilegia SawflyPristiphora rufipes09/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsWhirlpool RamshornAnisus vortex06/02/2020
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis06/02/2020
    Slugs & SnailsKentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana25/05/2019
    Slugs & SnailsJenkins' Spire SnailPotamopyrgus antipodarum26/04/2015
    Slugs & SnailsWandering Pond SnailRadix balthica09/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsNut Orb MusselSphaerium rivicola26/04/2015
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris25/05/2019
    Slugs & SnailsHairy SnailTrochulus hispidus06/02/2020
    Slugs & SnailsStrawberry SnailTrochulus striolatus06/02/2020
    SpidersPardosa amentata09/08/2018
    SpidersPirate Wolf SpiderPirata piraticus09/08/2018
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis06/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre06/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa06/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna15/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior06/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAspenPopulus tremula06/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa15/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.06/07/2018
    WildflowersLesser BurdockArctium minus06/07/2018
    WildflowersMugwortArtemisia vulgaris06/07/2018
    WildflowersCommon Winter-cressBarbarea vulgaris25/05/2019
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis13/07/2018
    WildflowersHedge BindweedCalystegia sepium13/07/2018
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra06/07/2018
    WildflowersRosebay WillowherbChamerion angustifolium15/07/2018
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense06/07/2018
    WildflowersMarsh ThistleCirsium palustre09/08/2018
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare06/07/2018
    WildflowersField BindweedConvolvulus arvensis15/07/2018
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum06/07/2018
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum06/07/2018
    WildflowersHoary WillowherbEpilobium parviflorum06/07/2018
    WildflowersCaper SpurgeEuphorbia lathyris17/09/2018
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria06/07/2018
    WildflowersBifid Hemp-nettleGaleopsis bifida09/08/2018
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine06/07/2018
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum25/05/2019
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides06/07/2018
    WildflowersFool's Water-cressHelosciadium nodiflorum06/07/2018
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium06/07/2018
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris06/07/2018
    WildflowersPrickly LettuceLactuca serriola25/05/2019
    WildflowersGreat LettuceLactuca virosa25/05/2019
    WildflowersCommon DuckweedLemna minor09/08/2018
    WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare06/07/2018
    WildflowersGypsywortLycopus europaeus06/07/2018
    WildflowersScarlet PimpernelLysimachia arvensis25/05/2019
    WildflowersPurple-loosestrifeLythrum salicaria13/07/2018
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina25/05/2019
    WildflowersWater MintMentha aquatica21/03/2020
    WildflowersField Forget-me-notMyosotis arvensis06/07/2018
    WildflowersWater-cressNasturtium officinale17/09/2018
    WildflowersRedshankPersicaria maculosa17/09/2018
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata06/07/2018
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris06/07/2018
    WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris06/07/2018
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens06/07/2018
    WildflowersJapanese KnotweedReynoutria japonica06/07/2018
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius06/07/2018
    WildflowersWood DockRumex sanguineus09/08/2018
    WildflowersGreat BurnetSanguisorba officinalis06/07/2018
    WildflowersAutumn HawkbitScorzoneroides autumnalis06/07/2018
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara06/07/2018
    WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper06/07/2018
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica09/08/2018
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.13/07/2018
    WildflowersField Penny-cressThlaspi arvense17/09/2018
    WildflowersUpright Hedge-parsleyTorilis japonica06/07/2018
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica13/07/2018
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SpeedwellVeronica serpyllifolia25/05/2019
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa25/05/2019