Goss Meadows (east), Leicester

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

    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 flavilabris05/07/2012
    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 atricapilla05/07/2012
    FliesCommon Red-legged RobberflyDioctria rufipes27/05/2012
    FliesYellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria26/06/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis24/04/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus19/06/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSmaller Cat's-tailPhleum bertolonii05/07/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTimothyPhleum pratense19/06/2012
    HoverfliesDasysyrphus venustus24/04/2012
    HoverfliesEpistrophe eligans24/04/2012
    HoverfliesChequered HoverflyMelanostoma scalare24/04/2012
    LichensXanthoria parietina24/04/2012
    MammalsRed FoxVulpes vulpes12/04/2011
    MothsCommon RollerAncylis badiana13/05/2012
    MothsGarden Grass-veneerChrysoteuchia culmella05/07/2012
    MothsInlaid Grass-veneerCrambus pascuella26/06/2012
    MothsRed-belted ClearwingSynanthedon myopaeformis30/06/2015
    MothsNarrow-bordered Five-Spot Burnet MothZygaena lonicerae05/07/2012
    Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.04/07/2012
    Slugs & SnailsBrown Soil SlugArion distinctus21/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsHedgehog SlugArion intermedius21/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus04/07/2012
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis21/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsTwo Toothed Door SnailClausilia bidentata04/07/2012
    Slugs & SnailsSlippery SnailCochlicopa lubrica21/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsChestnut SlugDeroceras invadens21/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum21/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsDiscus SnailDiscus rotundatus04/07/2012
    Slugs & SnailsTawny Glass SnailEuconulus fulvus21/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsLeopard SlugLimax maximus21/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsCellar SnailOxychilus cellarius21/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsGlossy Glass SnailOxychilus navarricus21/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsBudapest SlugTandonia budapestensis21/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsTrochulus sericeus21/09/1987
    SpidersDictyna uncinata24/04/2012
    SpidersPardosa saltans24/04/2012
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis13/05/2012
    Springtails & BristletailsEntomobrya nicoleti24/04/2012
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata24/04/2012
    WildflowersMugwortArtemisia vulgaris26/06/2012
    WildflowersLords-and-LadiesArum maculatum24/04/2012
    WildflowersWhite BryonyBryonia dioica24/04/2012
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra05/07/2012
    WildflowersFat-henChenopodium album19/06/2012
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense05/07/2012
    WildflowersSun SpurgeEuphorbia helioscopia27/05/2012
    WildflowersCommon Ramping-fumitoryFumaria muralis27/05/2012
    WildflowersLady's BedstrawGalium verum26/06/2012
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum19/06/2012
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album24/04/2012
    WildflowersMeadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis05/07/2012
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus26/06/2012
    WildflowersScarlet PimpernelLysimachia arvensis19/06/2012
    WildflowersScented MayweedMatricaria chamomilla19/06/2012
    WildflowersPineappleweedMatricaria discoidea19/06/2012
    WildflowersDog's MercuryMercurialis perennis24/04/2012
    WildflowersSpiny RestharrowOnonis spinosa09/08/2018
    WildflowersCommon PoppyPapaver rhoeas05/07/2012
    WildflowersOpium PoppyPapaver somniferum19/06/2012
    WildflowersRedshankPersicaria maculosa19/06/2012
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata13/05/2012
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris26/06/2012
    WildflowersOxford RagwortSenecio squalidus19/06/2012
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media24/04/2012
    WildflowersGoat's-beardTragopogon pratensis19/06/2012
    WildflowersBrooklimeVeronica beccabunga26/06/2012
    WildflowersSlender SpeedwellVeronica filiformis24/04/2012
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum04/07/2012