Brookside Meadow, Glenfield

    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.

    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: 139

    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.


    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


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

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Swollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis25/05/2019David Nicholls
    Corizus hyoscyami25/05/2019David Nicholls
    Sloe BugDolycoris baccarum25/05/2019David Nicholls
    Bishop's Mitre ShieldbugAelia acuminata25/05/2019David Nicholls
    14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata25/05/2019David Nicholls
    Scarlet PimpernelLysimachia arvensis25/05/2019David Nicholls
    Amber SnailSuccinea putris25/05/2019David Nicholls
    Thyme-leaved SpeedwellVeronica serpyllifolia25/05/2019David Nicholls
    Viburnum BeetlePyrrhalta viburni25/05/2019David Nicholls
    Yellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria25/05/2019David Nicholls
    Kentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana25/05/2019David Nicholls
    Nursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis25/05/2019David Nicholls
    Red-and-black FroghopperCercopis vulnerata25/05/2019David Nicholls
    Rhinocyllus conicus25/05/2019David Nicholls
    Spear Thistle LacebugTingis cardui25/05/2019David Nicholls

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre06/07/2018
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAceria tetanothrix09/08/2018
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAculus craspedobius09/08/2018
    BugsBishop's Mitre ShieldbugAelia acuminata25/05/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea09/08/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis13/07/2016
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae06/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa06/07/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMarsh FoxtailAlopecurus geniculatus25/05/2019
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos03/07/2018
    BugsCommon Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum06/07/2018
    WildflowersLesser BurdockArctium minus06/07/2018
    WildflowersMugwortArtemisia vulgaris06/07/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesWild-oatAvena fatua09/08/2018
    MayfliesLarge Dark Olive MayflyBaetis rhodani26/04/2015
    WildflowersCommon Winter-cressBarbarea vulgaris25/05/2019
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis13/07/2018
    MothsWakely's DowdBlastobasis lacticolella06/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius06/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum06/07/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHairy-bromeBromopsis ramosa06/07/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens06/07/2018
    WildflowersHedge BindweedCalystegia sepium13/07/2018
    ButterfliesHolly BlueCelastrina argiolus06/07/2018
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra09/08/2018
    BugsRed-and-black FroghopperCercopis vulnerata25/05/2019
    WildflowersRosebay WillowherbChamerion angustifolium15/07/2018
    BugsGreen Leaf-hopperCicadella viridis09/08/2018
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense06/07/2018
    WildflowersMarsh ThistleCirsium palustre09/08/2018