Brookside Meadow, Glenfield

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    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: 144


    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 to Glenfield Parish Council for sponsoring the Brookside Meadows page.

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens26/04/2015
    MayfliesLarge Dark Olive MayflyBaetis rhodani26/04/2015
    Slugs & SnailsNut Orb MusselSphaerium rivicola26/04/2015
    BirdsGrey WagtailMotacilla cinerea01/01/2018
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes01/01/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia15/01/2018
    MammalsRabbitOryctolagus cuniculus13/06/2018
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos03/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius06/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum06/07/2018
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva06/07/2018
    BugsCommon Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum06/07/2018
    BugsBlue ShieldbugZicrona caerulea06/07/2018
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae06/07/2018
    ButterfliesHolly BlueCelastrina argiolus06/07/2018
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina06/07/2018
    ButterfliesLarge WhitePieris brassicae06/07/2018
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi06/07/2018
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album06/07/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis06/07/2018
    Ferns & HorsetailsMarsh HorsetailEquisetum palustre06/07/2018
    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 & SedgesHard RushJuncus inflexus06/07/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesItalian Rye-grassLolium multiflorum06/07/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesReed Canary-grassPhalaris arundinacea06/07/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesRough Meadow-grassPoa trivialis06/07/2018
    MothsWakely's DowdBlastobasis lacticolella06/07/2018