Empingham Marshy Meadow

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

    Getting There

    Two public footpaths cross the site, starting from Main Street/Grantham Lane.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 255

    Description

    This site is located just north of Empingham village. It contains calcareous grassland, marsh, woodland, open water, springs and streams on Upper and Lower Lincolnshire Oolitic limestone. It is a SSSI (notified for base-rich marsh and fen) and covers 14.53 ha.

    Wildlife Highlights

    Situated on an east facing slope, the upper zone does not appear to be species-rich, but towards the bottom the sward becomes much more varied, containing plants such as Hoary Plantain Plantago media, Quaking-grass Briza media, Dwarf Thistle Cirsium acaule, Adder’s-tongue Ophioglossum vulgatum, Cowslip Primula veris, Salad Burnet Poterium sanguisorba and Green-winged Orchid Anacamptis morio. Below this grassland is a fine base-rich marsh, the best of its type remaining in Leicestershire and Rutland. Species present include Flat-sedge Blysmus compressus, Early Marsh-orchid Dactylorhiza incarnata, Southern Marsh-orchid D. praetermissa, Common Spotted-orchid D. fuchsii, Hybrid Orchid D. x grandis, Whorl-grass Catabrosa aquatica, Distant Sedge Carex distans, Marsh-marigold Caltha palustris and Ragged-robin Silene flos-cuculi.

    Status

    Site of Special Scientific Interest

    Crossed by public footpaths.


    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria08/08/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena chrysosceles08/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria08/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva15/05/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nigroaenea17/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nitida15/05/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera20/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius22/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.08/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum09/06/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum22/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae11/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Furrow-beeLasioglossum calceatum28/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus20/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNomada flava01/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro11/08/2018
    BeetlesAgriotes lineatus18/05/2014
    BeetlesCantharis rustica09/06/2019
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata20/03/2019
    BeetlesCordylepherus viridis08/06/2018
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis02/07/2019
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis11/07/2018
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata18/05/2018
    BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis18/05/2018
    BeetlesRhagium mordax08/06/2018
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva26/06/2018
    BeetlesStenocorus meridianus10/06/2018
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos21/04/2019
    BirdsGreylag GooseAnser anser06/05/2018
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo30/08/2018
    BirdsYellowhammerEmberiza citrinella17/02/2019
    BirdsRed KiteMilvus milvus19/01/2020
    BirdsPheasantPhasianus colchicus17/04/2019
    BugsPotato CapsidClosterotomus norwegicus22/07/2018
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io01/09/2018
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae01/04/2019
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines21/04/2019
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus22/06/2018
    ButterfliesDark Green FritillaryArgynnis aglaja17/07/2018
    ButterfliesBrown ArgusAricia agestis11/08/2018
    ButterfliesSmall HeathCoenonympha pamphilus01/09/2018
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni17/04/2019
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas05/06/2018
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina28/08/2017
    ButterfliesMarbled WhiteMelanargia galathea02/07/2019
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus05/06/2018
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria27/09/2018
    ButterfliesLarge WhitePieris brassicae11/07/2018
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi06/08/2017
    ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae11/08/2018
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album01/08/2018
    ButterfliesCommon Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus22/07/2018
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus11/08/2018
    ButterfliesEssex SkipperThymelicus lineola02/07/2019
    ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris22/07/2018
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta21/10/2018
    ButterfliesPainted LadyVanessa cardui08/08/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesSt Mark's FlyBibio marci06/05/2018
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura ulmaria17/09/2020
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTiger CraneflyNephrotoma flavescens02/07/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula maxima26/05/2018
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula vernalis15/05/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea17/08/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens05/06/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella09/06/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum02/07/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans22/07/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesFour-spotted ChaserLibellula quadrimaculata01/06/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesRuddy DarterSympetrum sanguineum08/08/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum22/08/2018
    Ferns & HorsetailsField HorsetailEquisetum arvense26/05/2018
    Ferns & HorsetailsAdder's-tongueOphioglossum vulgatum22/05/2018
    FliesViolet Black-legged Robber FlyDioctria atricapilla08/06/2018
    FliesEriothrix rufomaculata11/07/2018
    FliesNoon FlyMesembrina meridiana08/06/2018
    FliesPhasia hemiptera11/08/2015
    FliesTachina fera09/06/2019
    FliesThereva nobilitata09/06/2019
    FungiShaggy ParasolChlorophyllum rhacodes10/11/2019
    FungiChokeEpichloe typhina26/05/2018
    FungiSouthern BracketGanoderma australe21/10/2018
    FungiLeptotrochila ranunculi17/09/2020
    FungiMint MildewNeoerysiphe galeopsidis17/09/2020
    FungiPleated InkcapParasola plicatilis18/11/2019
    FungiRose RustPhragmidium mucronatum17/09/2020
    FungiViolet Bramble RustPhragmidium violaceum17/09/2020
    FungiPodosphaera senecionis17/09/2020
    FungiBay PolyporePolyporus durus21/10/2018
    FungiPuccinia calcitrapae17/09/2020
    FungiPuccinia glechomatis17/09/2020
    FungiSycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum17/09/2020
    FungiWitch's BroomTaphrina betulina30/12/2018
    FungiTurkeytailTrametes versicolor11/12/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSweet Vernal-grassAnthoxanthum odoratum11/05/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHard RushJuncus inflexus09/09/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesField Wood-rushLuzula campestris29/04/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTimothyPhleum pratense02/07/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia29/04/2018
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Field GrasshopperChorthippus brunneus09/09/2018
    Grasshoppers & CricketsMeadow GrasshopperChorthippus parallelus01/09/2018
    Grasshoppers & CricketsLong Winged Cone-headConocephalus fuscus11/08/2018
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Green GrasshopperOmocestus viridulus08/08/2019
    HoverfliesChrysogaster solstitialis09/06/2019
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus11/07/2018
    HoverfliesEristalis nemorum28/08/2017
    HoverfliesMigrant HoverflyEupeodes corollae09/06/2019
    HoverfliesLeucozona lucorum08/06/2018
    HoverfliesMelangyna labiatarum01/06/2018
    HoverfliesNarcissus Bulb FlyMerodon equestris09/06/2019
    HoverfliesBog HoverflySericomyia silentis09/07/2015
    HoverfliesLong HoverflySphaerophoria scripta28/08/2017
    HoverfliesThick-legged HoverflySyritta pipiens08/08/2019
    HoverfliesSyrphus ribesii11/08/2018
    HoverfliesVolucella bombylans09/06/2019
    HoverfliesPellucid FlyVolucella pellucens09/06/2019
    insect - hymenopteranDolichovespula media11/07/2018
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesChrysoperla carnea06/08/2017
    MammalsRabbitOryctolagus cuniculus06/08/2017
    MammalsMoleTalpa europaea30/12/2018
    MayfliesGreen Drake MayflyEphemera danica22/05/2018
    MothsCommon Yellow ConchAgapeta hamana10/06/2018
    MothsCommon Grass-veneerAgriphila tristella30/08/2018
    MothsSilver YAutographa gamma26/05/2018
    MothsYellow ShellCamptogramma bilineata20/06/2014
    MothsCommon MarbleCelypha lacunana28/08/2017
    MothsReed VeneerChilo phragmitella11/08/2018
    MothsGarden Grass-veneerChrysoteuchia culmella09/06/2019
    MothsHook-streak Grass-veneerCrambus lathoniellus08/06/2018
    MothsCommon HeathEmaturga atomaria16/06/2015
    MothsCommon CarpetEpirrhoe alternata22/07/2018
    MothsBurnet CompanionEuclidia glyphica19/06/2016
    MothsMother ShiptonEuclidia mi22/05/2018
    MothsMarsh PugEupithecia pygmaeata09/06/2019
    MothsVetch PiercerGrapholita jungiella15/05/2019
    MothsTwin-barred Knot-hornHomoeosoma sinuella08/06/2018
    MothsThe BlackneckLygephila pastinum30/06/2014
    MothsCrescent PlumeMarasmarcha lunaedactyla26/06/2018
    MothsBrown-line Bright-eyeMythimna conigera23/07/2017
    MothsYellow-barred Long-hornNemophora degeerella08/06/2018
    MothsChimney SweeperOdezia atrata05/06/2018
    MothsMiddle-barred MinorOligia fasciuncula18/06/2018
    MothsBrimstone MothOpisthograptis luteolata22/07/2018
    MothsSmall Purple & GoldPyrausta aurata17/07/2018
    MothsShaded Broad-barScotopteryx chenopodiata28/08/2017
    MothsBlood-veinTimandra comae05/06/2018
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae17/07/2018
    MothsSilver-ground CarpetXanthorhoe montanata09/06/2019
    MothsSix-Spot BurnetZygaena filipendulae22/06/2018
    MothsNarrow-bordered Five-Spot Burnet MothZygaena lonicerae02/07/2016
    ReptilesGrass SnakeNatrix natrix01/06/2014
    SawfliesWillow Redgall SawflyPontania proxima17/09/2020
    SawfliesFigwort SawflyTenthredo scrophulariae23/06/2016
    Slime MouldsDog Sick Slime MouldMucilago crustacea30/12/2018
    SpidersGarden SpiderAraneus diadematus01/09/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre21/10/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersNorway MapleAcer platanoides10/11/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna22/08/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBeechFagus sylvatica17/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior17/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersEuropean LarchLarix decidua17/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersScots PinePinus sylvestris17/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa29/04/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina05/06/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra17/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSnowberrySymphoricarpos albus17/07/2018
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium22/06/2018
    WildflowersAgrimonyAgrimonia eupatoria11/07/2018
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata29/04/2018
    WildflowersRamsonsAllium ursinum29/04/2018
    WildflowersGreen-winged OrchidAnacamptis morio06/05/2018
    WildflowersPyramidal OrchidAnacamptis pyramidalis02/07/2019
    WildflowersWild AngelicaAngelica sylvestris17/08/2018
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris26/05/2018
    WildflowersLesser BurdockArctium minus11/07/2018
    WildflowersLords-and-LadiesArum maculatum29/04/2018
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis29/04/2018
    WildflowersQuaking-grassBriza media24/05/2018
    WildflowersWhite BryonyBryonia dioica17/07/2018
    WildflowersMarsh-marigoldCaltha palustris29/04/2018
    WildflowersHarebellCampanula rotundifolia22/07/2018
    WildflowersShepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris26/05/2018
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis29/04/2018
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra11/07/2018
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum22/05/2018
    WildflowersRosebay WillowherbChamerion angustifolium17/07/2018
    WildflowersDwarf ThistleCirsium acaule17/07/2018
    WildflowersMarsh ThistleCirsium palustre26/05/2018
    WildflowersPignutConopodium majus06/05/2018
    WildflowersField BindweedConvolvulus arvensis26/06/2018
    WildflowersCommon Spotted-orchidDactylorhiza fuchsii10/06/2018
    WildflowersEarly Marsh OrchidDactylorhiza incarnata24/05/2018
    WildflowersSouthern Marsh OrchidDactylorhiza praetermissa18/05/2018
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum11/07/2018
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna20/03/2019
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria26/06/2018
    WildflowersHedge BedstrawGalium album22/08/2018
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine24/05/2018
    WildflowersLady's BedstrawGalium verum26/06/2018
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum26/05/2018
    WildflowersDruce's Crane's-billGeranium endressii x versicolor = G. x oxonianum22/05/2018
    WildflowersShining Crane's-billGeranium lucidum29/04/2018
    WildflowersDusky Crane's-billGeranium phaeum05/06/2018
    WildflowersMeadow Crane's-billGeranium pratense10/06/2018
    WildflowersHedgerow Crane's-billGeranium pyrenaicum26/05/2018
    WildflowersGround-ivyGlechoma hederacea21/04/2019
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides17/07/2018
    WildflowersHopHumulus lupulus17/07/2018
    WildflowersPerforate St John's-wortHypericum perforatum26/06/2018
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris26/06/2018
    WildflowersRed Dead-nettleLamium purpureum29/04/2018
    WildflowersMeadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis08/06/2018
    WildflowersRough HawkbitLeontodon hispidus05/06/2018
    WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare26/05/2018
    WildflowersFairy FlaxLinum catharticum24/05/2018
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus26/06/2018
    WildflowersScarlet PimpernelLysimachia arvensis26/06/2018
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina02/07/2019
    WildflowersWater MintMentha aquatica01/09/2018
    WildflowersDog's MercuryMercurialis perennis29/04/2018
    WildflowersWater Forget-me-notMyosotis scorpioides22/06/2018
    WildflowersWater-cressNasturtium officinale22/05/2018
    WildflowersCommon RestharrowOnonis repens22/06/2018
    WildflowersBee OrchidOphrys apifera18/06/2018
    WildflowersGarden Star-of-BethlehemOrnithogalum umbellatum18/05/2018
    WildflowersCommon PoppyPapaver rhoeas24/05/2018
    WildflowersGreen AlkanetPentaglottis sempervirens22/06/2018
    WildflowersMouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum26/05/2018
    WildflowersHoary PlantainPlantago media24/05/2018
    WildflowersSilverweedPotentilla anserina24/05/2018
    WildflowersCreeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans18/06/2018
    WildflowersSalad BurnetPoterium sanguisorba11/05/2018
    WildflowersCowslipPrimula veris21/04/2019
    WildflowersPrimrosePrimula vulgaris20/03/2019
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris18/06/2018
    WildflowersCommon FleabanePulicaria dysenterica28/08/2017
    WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris22/05/2018
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa18/05/2018
    WildflowersGreat BurnetSanguisorba officinalis11/05/2018
    WildflowersWater FigwortScrophularia auriculata11/07/2018
    WildflowersField MadderSherardia arvensis24/05/2018
    WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica22/05/2018
    WildflowersRagged-RobinSilene flos-cuculi22/05/2018
    WildflowersBladder CampionSilene vulgaris02/07/2019
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara17/07/2018
    WildflowersPerennial Sow-thistleSonchus arvensis08/08/2019
    WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper15/05/2019
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica18/06/2018
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.21/04/2019
    WildflowersGoat's-beardTragopogon pratensis26/05/2018
    WildflowersHop TrefoilTrifolium campestre09/06/2019
    WildflowersRed CloverTrifolium pratense05/06/2018
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica26/05/2018
    WildflowersGermander SpeedwellVeronica chamaedrys11/05/2018
    WildflowersTufted VetchVicia cracca02/07/2019
    WildflowersField PansyViola arvensis24/05/2018