Goss Meadows (east), Leicester

    Map key:

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

    The site is accessed via several gates off the footpath adjacent to Anstey Lane.  The site is open access.  A regular bus service from the city centre serves the local community (check bus time table and numbers for up-to-date information).  There is no car park and only limited parking is available in nearby streets.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 94


    Goss Meadows LNR is a long narrow strip of grassland that is separated out into a number of meadows demarcated with fencing.  It was an old drovers road into the city and now forms part of the more extensive green wedge on the north-western outskirts of Leicester and stretches from the bottom of Anstey Lane to the major roundabouts at Beaumont Leys.

    The green network of sites adjacent to Goss Meadows adds value with the City Farm and Gilroes Cemetery located directly adjacent to the west.

    The site was previously managed by Groundwork Leicester and Leicestershire and The Conservation Volunteers.  It is currently managed by the City Leicester Environmental Volunteers and Parks maintenance teams.

    The site is also a Local Wildlife Site due to its botanical diversity and mosaic of habitats.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The site is mainly made up of species-rich neutral meadow grassland which contains small areas of uncommon wild flowers such as Spiny Restharrow and Bee Orchid.  The west boundary of the site has mature trees and an old hedgerow which provide important nesting and foraging habitat.  The grassland beneath the trees is heavily shaded and tends to be more lush and dominated by Cow Parsley, Hogweed and willow herb.

    The meadow areas attract a range of insects but these are currently under-recorded.


    Nature reserve (Leicester City Council)

    Local Wildlife Site

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva24/04/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris05/07/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris13/05/2012
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata24/04/2012
    BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata24/04/2012
    BeetlesCantharis nigra05/07/2012
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata24/04/2012
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis24/04/2012
    BeetlesPollen BeetleMeligethes aeneus24/04/2012
    BeetlesNettle WeevilPhyllobius pomaceus13/05/2012
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata24/04/2012
    BugsCommon Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum24/04/2012
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus24/04/2012
    BugsBirch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus24/04/2012
    BugsGrypocoris stysi26/06/2012
    BugsStenodema laevigata27/05/2012
    BugsTrioza urticae24/04/2012
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus30/06/2015
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas19/06/2012
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria30/06/2015
    ButterfliesLarge WhitePieris brassicae30/06/2015
    ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae05/07/2012
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula luna05/07/2012
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula vernalis27/05/2012
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum27/05/2012
    EarwigsCommon European EarwigForficula auricularia19/06/2012
    FliesBroad CenturianChloromyia formosa05/07/2012
    FliesViolet Black-legged Robber FlyDioctria atricapilla26/06/2012
    FliesCommon Red-legged RobberflyDioctria rufipes27/05/2012
    FliesYellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria26/06/2012