Welcome to the Glenfield NatureSpot page which gives local residents the opportunity to find out about, and contribute to our knowledge of, the wildlife in our parish. Just click on the headers of these news stories to read more.
To find out more about featured Wild Places in and around the parish (red boundaries on the map), visit the Wild Places link on the main menu and enter the parish name into the parish selection box to see species lists and images. Contact NatureSpot if you have an idea for any additional Wild Places.
Since WW2 the village has grown at a rapid rate and by the end of 2020 it is expected to have a population of over 12,000. The Parish Council is, where it can, acquiring and developing green spaces to preserve the separation zones.
During the last few years, Glenfield has been transformed. We have seen the creation of a large new commercial area largely taken up by distribution businesses employing close to 2000 people. As compensation the parish has gained a number of new amenity areas, new footpaths, a new set of allotments and substantial amounts of money to improve existing facilities.
The Council has developed a wildlife-friendly meadow and arboretum off the A50 and has massively developed its sports ground. New meadows with shrubs have been created along Rothley Brook, now called Brookside Meadows, with a cycle way from the heart of the community going through it and over a new bridge to give access to the open countryside.
Off Ratby Lane, a new nature area has been created on the north side and an extensive area landscaped on the south side including the creation of two hills, both areas being crossed by footpaths. The new hilly area on the border with Kirby Muxloe is being called Clanfelde Hills to commemorate the original name of the village it now overlooks.
Total species seen in this parish: 951
Thanks to the following for supporting this parish section:
- Glenfield Parish Council
The Parish have acquired and are fitting homes for various species of wildlife. Several bat boxes have been placed around the village as have sparrow terraces and house martin nests. Swifts have been accommodated by some boxes and swift bricks in a new building. Boxes for tawny owls have also been fitted in two locations
We would like more wildlife observations from around Glenfield. So, if you've seen a species you recognise, from a Blue tit to a Bluebell, click on the header to find out what to do.
Bird and bat boxes have been erected on buildings around the village by the Parish Council. These are boxes for House Sparrows and House Martins on the Sports Pavillion off Gynsill's Lane.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Raven||Corvus corax||16/07/2019||Mike Higgott|
|Gatekeeper||Pyronia tithonus||15/07/2019||Mike Higgott|
|Large White||Pieris brassicae||15/07/2019||Mike Higgott|
|Common Ragwort||Senecio jacobaea||12/07/2019||Mike Higgott|
|Pinalitus cervinus||12/07/2019||Mike Higgott|
|Small Tortoiseshell||Aglais urticae||12/07/2019||Mike Higgott|
|Gatekeeper||Pyronia tithonus||12/07/2019||Mike Higgott|
|Common Plume||Emmelina monodactyla||12/07/2019||Mike Higgott|
|Harlequin Ladybird||Harmonia axyridis||12/07/2019||Mike Higgott|
|Common Red Soldier Beetle||Rhagonycha fulva||12/07/2019||Mike Higgott|
|Nettle Groundbug||Heterogaster urticae||12/07/2019||Mike Higgott|
|Plagiognathus arbustorum||12/07/2019||Mike Higgott|
|Liocoris tripustulatus||12/07/2019||Mike Higgott|
|7 Spot Ladybird||Coccinella septempunctata||12/07/2019||Mike Higgott|
|Dark Arches||Apamea monoglypha||12/07/2019||Mike Higgott|
|Species group||Total no. of species||Total no. of records|
|Flies, Gnats and Midges||67||356|
|Spiders, Harvestmen & Mites||62||508|
|Bees, Wasps, Ants||38||293|
|Trees, Shrubs & Climbers||34||146|
|Slugs & Snails||29||392|
|Grasses, Rushes & Sedges||23||50|
|Dragonflies and Damselflies||10||46|
|Springtails & Bristletails||9||19|
|Grasshoppers & Crickets||8||167|
|Mosses & Liverworts||7||7|
|Barklice & Booklice||4||8|
|Lacewings & Scorpionflies||3||8|
|Ferns & Horsetails||2||2|
|insect - true fly (Diptera)||1||1|