Everards Meadows

    Map key:

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

    The site is adjacent to the new Rutland Cycling Centre, off Soar Valley Way and opposite Fosse Park. Cycles can be hired here to access the cycle network through Aylestone Meadows and the Riverside.

    Managed By
    Everards Brewery
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 275

    Description

    This 'new' site was established as part of a planning permission and provides new cycle and pedestrian access across the River Soar and onto the Great Central Way.

    The site incorporates ‘Ratby Meadow’ which appears to be an old water-meadow with landscape archaeological value as well as ecological interest.  Part of it is also known as ‘The Wethers’ – an old name presumably referring to its use for fattening wethers – i.e. castrated rams.  It is species-rich with Great Burnet and other typical neutral grassland species, plus some sedge-beds.  Pepper Saxifrage is found here, a species usually only found on old grassland.  The site does still flood every few years, and whilst there would have been many examples of this kind of floodplain grassland in the Soar Valley at one time there is very little remaining, so this is an important site.

    The site also supports a number of mature ash and willow trees and also several ditches offering a wetter habitat.

    Part of the site by the river is designated as a Local Wildlife Site. The long narrow fields to the south are also LWS, but less species-rich.  The River Soar adjacent to the meadow is a LWS too, and reportedly has Water Voles.

    Wildlife Highlights

    Meadowseet, Meadow Crane's-bill, Marsh Woundwort and Rushes are all to be found on the site.

    Status

    Local Wildlife Site (part)

    Latest News

    This site is threatened by possible flood storage proposals from the Environment Agency which would involve major engineering and would destroy much of the current ecological interest.

    Further Information

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusMossy Willow Catkin GallCauser unknown (Mossy Willow Gall)25/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus grossulariae15/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis28/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera26/07/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius26/04/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum08/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae15/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus31/03/2009
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger15/08/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis08/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum26/07/2016
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata27/04/2007
    BeetlesAgonum marginatum10/10/2019
    BeetlesAltica lythri13/05/2010
    BeetlesApion frumentarium05/10/2019
    BeetlesBembidion lunulatum31/03/2009
    BeetlesCantharis nigra26/06/2016
    BeetlesViolet Ground BeetleCarabus violaceus18/09/2015
    BeetlesCartodere bifasciata15/09/2019
    BeetlesTortoise BeetleCassida vibex08/09/2019
    BeetlesFigwort WeevilCionus scrophulariae26/06/2016
    BeetlesCionus tuberculosus08/04/2017
    BeetlesCoccidula rufa05/02/2020
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata26/07/2016
    BeetlesCurtonotus aulicus18/09/2015
    BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula26/07/2016
    BeetlesGymnetron villosulum18/09/2015
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis26/08/2016
    BeetlesHydrothassa marginella13/05/2010
    BeetlesPollen BeetleMeligethes aeneus31/03/2009