Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary
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.
Total species seen at this site: 305
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.
Meadowseet, Meadow Crane's-bill, Marsh Woundwort and Rushes are all to be found on the site.
Local Wildlife Site (part)
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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Red Bartsia||Odontites vernus||09/08/2020||U3ABotany|
|Wild Angelica||Angelica sylvestris||09/08/2020||U3ABotany|
|Pale Galingale||Cyperus eragrostis||08/08/2020||U3ABotany|
|Miridius quadrivirgatus||20/07/2020||Mark Skevington|
|Phytocoris varipes||20/07/2020||Mark Skevington|
|Field Damsel Bug||Nabis ferus||20/07/2020||Mark Skevington|
|Tree Damsel Bug||Himacerus apterus||20/07/2020||Mark Skevington|
|Broad Damsel Bug||Nabis flavomarginatus||20/07/2020||Mark Skevington|
|Willow Bent-wing||Phyllocnistis saligna||20/07/2020||Mark Skevington|
|Fringed Water-lily||Nymphoides peltata||16/07/2020||CAPochin|