Kirby Muxloe, Towers Close verge

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

Getting There

The verge is between Towers Close and Station Road.


Road verge

Managed By
Leicestershire County Council / Kirby Muxloe Parish Council
Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 83


This verge is being managed to improve biodiversity as part of the County Council/Parish Council verges biodiversity trial. It was surveyed in 2021 by NatureSpot volunteers but we would welcome additional wildlife records from the community, whether plants, animals or fungi.

The aim of the project is to demonstrate that by managing the grassland as a wildflower meadow it can support a much greater diversity of wildlife species. Different species come and go throughout the year so we will get a much better understanding of the biodiversity value of this site if local residents can add records of what they have seen. Please take a photo if possible and include it with your record, using NatureSpot's Submit Records form. Once checked and accepted your record and any photos will appear on this page!

The verge is now being managed differently to help wildlife. Mowing will cease between April and August to allow the grasses and wildflowers to grow and bloom. In some cases, verges will also have additional native wildflower species added, either as seed or as plug plants.

A list of all the species found at the site, together with any images taken, will appear below once the survey has taken place.

Wildlife Highlights

80% of the verge is shaded by the trees growing on the site, however the grassland at the western end is less shaded and here there is a quality meadow grassland with a number of interesting species, including Black Knapweed, Meadow Buttercup, Field Woodrush and Birdsfoot Trefoil. There is a wide range of grasses, including a good population of the uncommon Yellow Oat-grass.

Other species of note included frequent Crested Dog’s Tail and Common Sorrel, Field Woodrush. A number of non-native shrubs were also recorded, including a sizeable patch of invasive Laurel.

The area under the trees is unmanaged with many seedling trees emerging plus a variety of shade-tolerant wildflowers.

An ornamental shrub and flower bed has been created within the quality meadow area which detracts from the ecological value of the site.

Latest News

Mowing of the verge will stop between April and August to allow the wildflowers and grasses to grow and flower. At the end of the season, the vegetation will be cut and then removed to limit nutrient build-up in the soil which encourages a wider range of species to thrive.

More records of wildlife seen on this verge would be welcomed! Please use the Submit Records form to let us know of your wildlife sightings.


The records and images below may include those from adjacent sites if the grid reference submitted with these records overlaps the boundary of this Wild Place.

Latest records
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Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Springy Turf-mossRhytidiadelphus squarrosus04/06/2021David Nicholls
Horse-chestnutAesculus hippocastanum04/06/2021David Nicholls
Prickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper04/06/2021David Nicholls
Parsley-piertAphanes arvensis04/06/2021David Nicholls
Common SorrelRumex acetosa04/06/2021David Nicholls
Meadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis04/06/2021David Nicholls
Silver BirchBetula pendula04/06/2021David Nicholls
Common LimeTilia platyphyllos x cordata = T. x europaea04/06/2021David Nicholls
Creeping ButtercupRanunculus repens04/06/2021David Nicholls
Wood AvensGeum urbanum04/06/2021David Nicholls
Spear ThistleCirsium vulgare04/06/2021David Nicholls
AshFraxinus excelsior04/06/2021David Nicholls
SycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus04/06/2021David Nicholls
Norway MapleAcer platanoides04/06/2021David Nicholls
Meadow ButtercupRanunculus acris04/06/2021David Nicholls
YarrowAchillea millefolium04/06/2021David Nicholls
Ribwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata04/06/2021David Nicholls
DaisyBellis perennis04/06/2021David Nicholls
Lesser TrefoilTrifolium dubium04/06/2021David Nicholls
Common KnapweedCentaurea nigra04/06/2021David Nicholls
Common RagwortJacobaea vulgaris04/06/2021David Nicholls
Common Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus04/06/2021David Nicholls
White CloverTrifolium repens04/06/2021David Nicholls
Dandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.04/06/2021David Nicholls
Cock's-footDactylis glomerata04/06/2021David Nicholls
Common GroundselSenecio vulgaris04/06/2021David Nicholls
Smooth Meadow-grassPoa pratensis04/06/2021David Nicholls
Common Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata04/06/2021David Nicholls
Greater PlantainPlantago major04/06/2021David Nicholls
Perennial Rye-grassLolium perenne04/06/2021David Nicholls
HogweedHeracleum sphondylium04/06/2021David Nicholls
Field Wood-rushLuzula campestris04/06/2021David Nicholls
Lesser CelandineFicaria verna04/06/2021David Nicholls
IvyHedera helix04/06/2021David Nicholls
Wood Forget-me-notMyosotis sylvatica04/06/2021David Nicholls
Wild StrawberryFragaria vesca04/06/2021David Nicholls
False Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius04/06/2021David Nicholls
Spear MintMentha04/06/2021David Nicholls
Common NettleUrtica dioica04/06/2021David Nicholls
Columbine agg.Aquilegia04/06/2021David Nicholls
HazelCorylus avellana04/06/2021David Nicholls
Ivy-leaved SpeedwellVeronica hederifolia04/06/2021David Nicholls
Red FescueFestuca rubra17/06/2020David Nicholls
Wall SpeedwellVeronica arvensis17/06/2020David Nicholls
Crested Dog's-tailCynosurus cristatus17/06/2020David Nicholls
Annual Meadow-grassPoa annua17/06/2020David Nicholls
SelfhealPrunella vulgaris17/06/2020David Nicholls
Bulbous ButtercupRanunculus bulbosus17/06/2020David Nicholls
Creeping ButtercupRanunculus repens17/06/2020David Nicholls
TimothyPhleum pratense17/06/2020David Nicholls

Group Common name Latin name Last seen
Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum17/06/2020
Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger17/06/2020
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata17/06/2020
BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis17/06/2020
BugsPsyllopsis fraxini agg.17/06/2020
FliesOpomyza germinationis agg.17/06/2020
FungiGymnosporangium sp.17/06/2020
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis04/06/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius04/06/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCrested Dog's-tailCynosurus cristatus17/06/2020
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata04/06/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesRed FescueFestuca rubra17/06/2020
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus04/06/2020
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPerennial Rye-grassLolium perenne04/06/2020
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesField Wood-rushLuzula campestris17/06/2020
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTimothyPhleum pratense17/06/2020
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesAnnual Meadow-grassPoa annua17/06/2020
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSmooth Meadow-grassPoa pratensis04/06/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesRough Meadow-grassPoa trivialis17/06/2020
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYellow Oat-grassTrisetum flavescens04/06/2020
Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria cephalonea17/06/2020
Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsNail GallEriophyes tiliae04/06/2020
Mosses & LiverwortsSpringy Turf-mossRhytidiadelphus squarrosus04/06/2021
MothsHorse-chestnut Leaf MinerCameraria ohridella04/06/2020
MothsBarred MarbleCelypha striana17/06/2020
MothsInlaid Grass-veneerCrambus pascuella17/06/2020
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersNorway MapleAcer platanoides04/06/2020
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus04/06/2021
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHorse-chestnutAesculus hippocastanum04/06/2020
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula04/06/2021
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHazelCorylus avellana04/06/2021
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna04/06/2020
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior04/06/2020
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix04/06/2020
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium04/06/2020
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHimalayan HoneysuckleLeycesteria formosa17/06/2020
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild CherryPrunus avium04/06/2020
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa04/06/2020
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.04/06/2020
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersYewTaxus baccata04/06/2020
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersCommon LimeTilia platyphyllos x cordata = T. x europaea04/06/2021
WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium04/06/2021
WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata04/06/2020
WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris04/06/2020
WildflowersParsley-piertAphanes arvensis04/06/2021
WildflowersColumbine agg.Aquilegia04/06/2021
WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis04/06/2020
WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra04/06/2020
WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare04/06/2021
WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna04/06/2021
WildflowersWild StrawberryFragaria vesca04/06/2021
WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine17/06/2020
WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum04/06/2020
WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium04/06/2021
WildflowersCommon Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata04/06/2021
WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris04/06/2020
WildflowersNipplewortLapsana communis04/06/2020
WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus04/06/2020
WildflowersSpear MintMentha04/06/2021
WildflowersField Forget-me-notMyosotis arvensis17/06/2020
WildflowersWood Forget-me-notMyosotis sylvatica04/06/2021
WildflowersWild MarjoramOriganum vulgare17/06/2020
WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata04/06/2020
WildflowersGreater PlantainPlantago major17/06/2020
WildflowersKnotgrassPolygonum aviculare17/06/2020
WildflowersCreeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans17/06/2020
WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris17/06/2020
WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris04/06/2021
WildflowersBulbous ButtercupRanunculus bulbosus17/06/2020
WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens17/06/2020
WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa04/06/2021
WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius17/06/2020
WildflowersWood DockRumex sanguineus04/06/2020
WildflowersCommon GroundselSenecio vulgaris04/06/2021
WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper04/06/2021
WildflowersSmooth Sow-thistleSonchus oleraceus04/06/2020
WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.04/06/2021
WildflowersLesser TrefoilTrifolium dubium04/06/2020
WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens04/06/2020
WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara04/06/2020
WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica04/06/2020
WildflowersWall SpeedwellVeronica arvensis17/06/2020
WildflowersIvy-leaved SpeedwellVeronica hederifolia04/06/2021