Burbage Sketchley Park wildlower area
Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary
Total species seen at this site: 18
Whilst clearly not a road verge, this wildflower area was surveyed in 2020 by NatureSpot volunteers as part of the Urban Verges Trial run by the County Council. It has a similar objective of creating wildflower grassland from regularly mown grass and persuading the public to support this action.
The wildflower area lies between a group of trees and within the wider amenity parkland.
The survey showed that the grassland is dominated by tall Yorkshire-fog grass, though seven other grass species were found, including Marsh Foxtail, a species which prefers to grow in damp soil and suggesting that part of the site might be subjected to standing water at some stage of the year. Four Local Wildlife Site (LWS) indicator species were present: Black Knapweed, Meadow Buttercup, Bulbous Buttercup and Common Sorrel.
Floral diversity: 17 species
LWS Indicator species: 4
Habitat Quality: Medium/High
Mowing of the area will stop between April and August to allow the wildflowers and grasses to grow and flower. At the end of the season, the vegetation will be cut and then removed to limit nutrient build-up in the soil which encourages a wider range of species to thrive.
More records of wildlife seen on this site would be welcomed! Please use the Submit Records form to let us know of your wildlife sightings.
The records and images below may include those from adjacent sites if the grid reference submitted with these records overlaps the boundary of this Wild Place.