Everards Meadows

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

    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: 305

    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 flavilabris26/06/2016
    BeetlesCantharis rustica17/06/2020
    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 septempunctata13/05/2010
    BeetlesCurtonotus aulicus18/09/2015
    BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula13/05/2010
    BeetlesGymnetron villosulum18/09/2015
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis26/08/2016
    BeetlesHydrothassa marginella13/05/2010
    BeetlesMalthodes minimus04/06/2020
    BeetlesPollen BeetleMeligethes aeneus31/03/2009
    BeetlesNedyus quadrimaculatus13/05/2010
    BeetlesApple Fruit WeevilNeocoenorrhinus aequatus13/05/2010
    BeetlesCaenorhinus germanicusNeocoenorrhinus germanicus13/05/2010
    BeetlesOedemera lurida26/07/2016
    BeetlesParadromius linearis05/02/2020
    BeetlesPhaedon armoraciae26/08/2016
    BeetlesBrassy Willow BeetlePhratora vitellinae26/07/2016
    BeetlesNettle WeevilPhyllobius pomaceus27/04/2007
    BeetlesPlateumaris rustica13/05/2010
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata27/04/2007
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata15/09/2019
    BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis08/03/2020
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva26/07/2016
    Beetles16 Spot LadybirdTytthaspis sedecimpunctata05/02/2020
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus05/09/2019
    BirdsKingfisherAlcedo atthis26/07/2016
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos27/01/2020
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo25/03/2017
    BirdsTreecreeperCerthia familiaris08/04/2017
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus05/01/2020
    BirdsRavenCorvus corax10/03/2020
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone22/02/2015
    BirdsMute SwanCygnus olor27/01/2020
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major05/01/2020
    BirdsLittle EgretEgretta garzetta04/09/2014
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula16/01/2016
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus11/03/2019
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus31/03/2009
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius05/09/2019
    BirdsCormorantPhalacrocorax carbo25/07/2015
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis10/10/2019
    BirdsLittle GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis14/09/2014
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes26/07/2016
    BugsAdarrus ocellaris28/09/2019
    BugsArthaldeus pascuellus10/10/2019
    BugsSilver LeafhopperAthysanus argentarius08/09/2019
    BugsPotato CapsidClosterotomus norwegicus26/07/2016
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus08/09/2019
    BugsSloe BugDolycoris baccarum08/09/2019
    BugsEupteryx vittata28/09/2019
    BugsTortoise BugEurygaster (cf) testudinaria01/09/2019
    BugsTree Damsel BugHimacerus apterus20/07/2020
    BugsIdiocerus herrichi25/03/2017
    BugsEuropean ChinchbugIschnodemus sabuleti27/01/2020
    BugsLeptopterna dolabrata26/06/2016
    BugsLiocoris tripustulatus08/09/2019
    BugsCommon Green CapsidLygocoris pabulinus15/09/2019
    BugsMiridius quadrivirgatus20/07/2020
    BugsMocydia crocea28/09/2019
    BugsField Damsel BugNabis ferus05/10/2019
    BugsBroad Damsel BugNabis flavomarginatus20/07/2020
    BugsNeophilaenus lineatus26/07/2016
    BugsCommon FroghopperPhilaenus spumarius26/08/2016
    BugsPhytocoris ulmi26/07/2016
    BugsPhytocoris varipes20/07/2020
    BugsSpiked ShieldbugPicromerus bidens05/10/2019
    BugsPlagiognathus arbustorum26/07/2016
    BugsTurtle ShieldbugPodops inuncta05/10/2019
    BugsRhopalus subrufus08/09/2019
    BugsStenodema laevigata15/09/2019
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io28/04/2007
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae26/07/2016
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines27/04/2007
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus26/07/2016
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus26/07/2016
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria15/08/2019
    ButterfliesLarge WhitePieris brassicae26/07/2016
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi26/07/2016
    ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae26/07/2016
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album26/07/2016
    ButterfliesCommon Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus15/08/2019
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus26/07/2016
    ButterfliesEssex SkipperThymelicus lineola26/07/2016
    ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris26/07/2016
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta26/07/2016
    ButterfliesPainted LadyVanessa cardui26/08/2016
    CaddisfliesTinodes waeneri04/06/2020
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura pustulans15/09/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura ulmaria08/09/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesSpotted CraneflyNephrotoma appendiculata27/04/2007
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis15/08/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesMigrant HawkerAeshna mixta15/08/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens26/07/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella26/06/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum26/07/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum10/10/2019
    FishPerchPerca fluviatilis15/08/2019
    FishRoachRutilus rutilus15/08/2019
    FliesAnomoia purmunda15/09/2019
    FliesLong-horned Black LegionnaireBeris geniculata26/06/2016
    FliesConops quadrifasciatus26/07/2016
    FliesEriothrix rufomaculata26/07/2016
    FliesGraphomya maculata28/09/2019
    FliesLucilia sericata01/09/2019
    FliesFace FlyMusca autumnalis08/09/2019
    FliesNeomyia cornicina28/09/2019
    FliesSpot-winged Little SnailkillerPherbellia schoenherri05/10/2019
    FliesPoecilobothrus nobilitatus08/09/2019
    FungiKing Alfred's CakesDaldinia concentrica27/01/2020
    FungiBirch RustMelampsoridium betulinum28/09/2019
    FungiPuccinia glechomatis28/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPale GalingaleCyperus eragrostis08/08/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTwo-rowed BarleyHordeum distichon26/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesJointed RushJuncus articulatus26/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSoft-rushJuncus effusus26/07/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon ReedPhragmites australis27/01/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Club-rushSchoenoplectus lacustris26/08/2016
    Grasshoppers & CricketsLesser Marsh GrasshopperChorthippus albomarginatus08/09/2019
    Grasshoppers & CricketsShort-winged Cone-headConocephalus dorsalis05/10/2019
    Grasshoppers & CricketsLong Winged Cone-headConocephalus fuscus08/09/2019
    Grasshoppers & CricketsSpeckled Bush-cricketLeptophyes punctatissima25/08/2017
    Grasshoppers & CricketsRoesel's Bush-cricketMetrioptera roeselii15/09/2019
    Grasshoppers & CricketsSlender GroundhopperTetrix subulata10/10/2019
    harvestman (Opiliones)Leiobunum rotundum16/07/2020
    harvestman (Opiliones)Phalangium opilio05/10/2019
    HoverfliesCheilosia pagana13/05/2010
    HoverfliesDasysyrphus albostriatus27/04/2007
    HoverfliesEpistrophe eligans27/04/2007
    HoverfliesEristalis arbustorum05/09/2019
    HoverfliesEristalis intricarius26/07/2016
    HoverfliesCommon Drone FlyEristalis tenax28/09/2019
    HoverfliesEupeodes luniger10/10/2019
    HoverfliesHelophilus hybridus26/07/2016
    HoverfliesThe FootballerHelophilus pendulus26/07/2016
    HoverfliesHelophilus trivittatus26/07/2016
    HoverfliesMelanostoma mellinum05/09/2019
    HoverfliesChequered HoverflyMelanostoma scalare05/09/2019
    HoverfliesPlatycheirus rosarum26/07/2016
    HoverfliesRhingia campestris04/09/2014
    HoverfliesLong HoverflySphaerophoria scripta26/08/2016
    HoverfliesThick-legged HoverflySyritta pipiens26/07/2016
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesScorpion FlyPanorpa communis26/07/2016
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesPanorpa germanica25/08/2017
    LichensPunctelia subrudecta28/09/2019
    MammalsOtterLutra lutra02/10/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsRed Pustule GallAceria aceriscampestris10/10/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsTrombidiidae sp.31/03/2009
    MothsNettle-tapAnthophila fabriciana10/10/2019
    MothsCommon WaveCabera exanthemata18/08/2018
    MothsCommon MarbleCelypha lacunana26/07/2016
    MothsBordered CarlCoptotriche marginea27/01/2020
    MothsThe MulleinCucullia verbasci26/06/2016
    MothsDingy FootmanEilema griseola16/07/2020
    MothsThe DrinkerEuthrix potatoria13/05/2010
    MothsBeautiful China-markNymphula nitidulata26/06/2016
    MothsWillow Bent-wingPhyllocnistis saligna20/07/2020
    MothsGolden PigmyStigmella aurella27/01/2020
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae08/09/2019
    SawfliesAglaostigma aucupariae31/05/2009
    SawfliesAglaostigma fulvipes13/05/2010
    SawfliesDolerus aeneus13/05/2010
    SawfliesWillow Redgall SawflyPontania proxima15/08/2019
    SawfliesFigwort SawflyTenthredo scrophulariae26/06/2016
    Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.31/03/2009
    Slugs & SnailsCommon BithyniaBithynia tentaculata27/01/2020
    Slugs & SnailsSlippery SnailCochlicopa lubrica27/01/2020
    Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum27/01/2020
    Slugs & SnailsKentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana27/01/2020
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris15/08/2019
    Slugs & SnailsStrawberry SnailTrochulus striolatus27/01/2020
    SpidersAgelena labyrinthica04/06/2020
    SpidersFour-spotted Orb WeaverAraneus quadratus05/10/2019
    SpidersCucumber Green Orb SpiderAraniella cucurbitina sensu lato27/04/2007
    SpidersBathyphantes approximatus05/02/2020
    SpidersHypomma bituberculatum04/06/2020
    SpidersLarinioides cornutus27/04/2007
    SpidersMicroneta viaria27/01/2020
    SpidersNeriene clathrata27/01/2020
    SpidersWalnut Orb WeaverNuctenea umbratica19/01/2020
    SpidersOedothorax retusus27/01/2020
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis10/10/2019
    SpidersPocadicnemis juncea04/06/2020
    SpidersTallusia experta27/01/2020
    SpidersTenuiphantes tenuis04/06/2020
    SpidersTetragnatha extensa04/06/2020
    SpidersXysticus cristatus25/04/2007
    Springtails & BristletailsDicyrtomina minuta04/06/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsDicyrtomina ornata05/02/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsIsotomurus plumosus05/02/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsPogonognathellus longicornis05/02/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsClover SpringtailSminthurus viridis04/06/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre04/06/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna04/06/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior04/06/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur10/10/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.04/06/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra04/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon Water-plantainAlisma plantago-aquatica15/08/2019
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata08/04/2017
    WildflowersWild AngelicaAngelica sylvestris09/08/2020
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris04/06/2020
    WildflowersFlowering-rushButomus umbellatus26/08/2016
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis26/04/2015
    WildflowersWelted ThistleCarduus crispus04/09/2014
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra04/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum15/09/2019
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense26/07/2016
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare26/07/2016
    WildflowersNew Zealand PigmyweedCrassula helmsii14/09/2014
    WildflowersSmooth Hawk's-beardCrepis capillaris01/09/2019
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum26/07/2016
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum26/07/2016
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna31/03/2009
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria26/07/2016
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine26/07/2016
    WildflowersLady's BedstrawGalium verum25/08/2017
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum26/07/2016
    WildflowersMeadow Crane's-billGeranium pratense26/06/2016
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum26/07/2016
    WildflowersMarsh CudweedGnaphalium uliginosum08/09/2019
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides15/08/2019
    WildflowersFool's Water-cressHelosciadium nodiflorum14/09/2014
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium04/06/2020
    WildflowersSquare-stalked St John's-wortHypericum tetrapterum26/07/2016
    WildflowersOrange BalsamImpatiens capensis15/08/2019
    WildflowersHoary RagwortJacobaea erucifolia12/08/2018
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album14/09/2014
    WildflowersNipplewortLapsana communis26/07/2016
    WildflowersMeadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis04/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus26/07/2016
    WildflowersGypsywortLycopus europaeus26/07/2016
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina04/09/2014
    WildflowersWater MintMentha aquatica14/09/2014
    WildflowersWater Forget-me-notMyosotis scorpioides26/08/2016
    WildflowersYellow Water-lilyNuphar lutea04/06/2020
    WildflowersFringed Water-lilyNymphoides peltata16/07/2020
    WildflowersRed BartsiaOdontites vernus09/08/2020
    WildflowersWater-pepperPersicaria hydropiper26/08/2016
    WildflowersRedshankPersicaria maculosa26/07/2016
    WildflowersButterburPetasites hybridus04/06/2020
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata26/07/2016
    WildflowersGreater PlantainPlantago major26/07/2016
    WildflowersKnotgrassPolygonum aviculare04/09/2014
    WildflowersSilverweedPotentilla anserina26/07/2016
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris26/06/2016
    WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris04/06/2020
    WildflowersLesser SpearwortRanunculus flammula26/07/2016
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens04/06/2020
    WildflowersCelery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus26/07/2016
    WildflowersWild RadishRaphanus raphanistrum subsp. raphanistrum27/01/2020
    WildflowersGreat Yellow-cressRorippa amphibia12/08/2018
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa04/06/2020
    WildflowersWater DockRumex hydrolapathum15/08/2019
    WildflowersArrowheadSagittaria sagittifolia16/07/2020
    WildflowersGreat BurnetSanguisorba officinalis26/07/2016
    WildflowersWater FigwortScrophularia auriculata26/07/2016
    WildflowersSkullcapScutellaria galericulata26/06/2016
    WildflowersHedge MustardSisymbrium officinale04/09/2014
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara26/07/2016
    WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper26/07/2016
    WildflowersSmooth Sow-thistleSonchus oleraceus05/10/2019
    WildflowersMarsh WoundwortStachys palustris14/09/2014
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica26/07/2016
    WildflowersWater ChickweedStellaria aquatica04/09/2014
    WildflowersLesser StitchwortStellaria graminea04/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media31/03/2009
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.26/04/2015
    WildflowersRed CloverTrifolium pratense15/09/2019
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens25/08/2017
    WildflowersScentless MayweedTripleurospermum inodorum10/10/2019
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica04/06/2020
    WildflowersBrooklimeVeronica beccabunga04/09/2014
    WildflowersPink Water-SpeedwellVeronica catenata26/08/2016
    WildflowersTufted VetchVicia cracca26/06/2016
    WildflowersField PansyViola arvensis06/08/2019
    WildflowersSweet VioletViola odorata31/03/2009
    Woodlice, CrustaceansWater Hog-louseAsellus aquaticus31/03/2009
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Shiny WoodlouseOniscus asellus05/10/2019
    Woodlice, CrustaceansSignal CrayfishPacifastacus leniusculus04/06/2019
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum04/06/2020
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Rough WoodlousePorcellio scaber05/10/2019
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Pygmy WoodlouseTrichoniscus pusillus agg.31/03/2009