Roesel's bush cricket

    In recent years we have become familiar with Roesel's bush-cricket, Metrioptera roeselii. Here's why...

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    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: 971

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    • Glenfield Parish Council
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    Welcome to Glenfield

    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.

    Wildlife support by the 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

    Recording Glenfield Wildlife

    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.

    Parish Update

    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.



    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    BuzzardButeo buteo20/08/2019Roy Denney
    Copper ErmelRoeslerstammia erxlebella07/08/2019sue
    Roesel's Bush-cricketMetrioptera roeselii03/08/2019Bratwurst1974
    Painted LadyVanessa cardui31/07/2019sue
    Melampsora caprearum31/07/2019sue
    Golden-brown TubicCrassa unitella31/07/2019sue
    Marmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus23/07/2019Mike Higgott
    Golden-brown TubicCrassa unitella23/07/2019Mike Higgott
    Volucella inanis23/07/2019Mike Higgott
    Common Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva23/07/2019Mike Higgott
    Heterotoma planicornis23/07/2019Mike Higgott
    Great WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum23/07/2019Mike Higgott
    SelfhealPrunella vulgaris23/07/2019Mike Higgott
    Great WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum23/07/2019Mike Higgott
    Common Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva23/07/2019Mike Higgott

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata20/05/2014
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata04/05/2018
    Beetles16 Spot LadybirdTytthaspis sedecimpunctata18/04/2019
    Beetles18-spot LadybirdMyrrha octodecimguttata19/08/2015
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata29/07/2015
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata31/05/2018
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata26/09/2018
    BeetlesAdonis' LadybirdHippodamia variegata09/07/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa06/07/2018
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesAlder FlySialis lutaria25/05/2019
    BugsAlder SpittlebugAphrophora alni10/07/2017
    FungiAlder TongueTaphrina alni14/07/2018
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris14/07/2018
    WildflowersAmerican Winter-cressBarbarea verna15/03/2017
    WildflowersAmphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia30/07/2018
    MothsApple Leaf MinerLyonetia clerkella18/10/2018
    SawfliesAquilegia SawflyPristiphora rufipes09/08/2018
    FungiArum RustPuccinia sessilis30/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior12/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAspenPopulus tremula14/07/2018
    WildflowersAutumn HawkbitScorzoneroides autumnalis31/05/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella23/05/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens26/04/2015
    MothsBarred Elm PigmyStigmella ulmivora19/09/2018
    MothsBarred Sycamore PigmyStigmella speciosa23/10/2018
    WildflowersBarren StrawberryPotentilla sterilis21/03/2016
    MothsBase-spotted PigmyStigmella basiguttella28/11/2018
    MothsBeautiful PlumeAmblyptilia acanthadactyla24/10/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae06/07/2018
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBee FlyBombylius major16/04/2018

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Centipedes & Millipedes12
    Slime Moulds17
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