Mountsorrel Granite Way verge

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


    Road verge

    Managed By
    Leicestershire County Council / Mountsorrel Parish Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 28


    This verge is being managed to improve biodiversity as part of the County Council/Parish Council urban verges trial. It was surveyed in 2020 by NatureSpot volunteers.

    The survey found a reasonable diversity of plant species, including Goatsbeard, Common Catsear and Small-flowered Cranesbill. Buckshorn Plantain was found along the road margin - this is a coastal plant which is now widely established inland along salted roads. Numerous Prunus spinosa suckers were noted emerging in the NW section. The survey excluded the separate narrow strip next to road.

    Floral diversity: 26 species

    LWS Indicator species: 0

    Habitat Quality: Poor/Medium

    Note: the images and species records below may come from adjacent land if the grid reference for these submitted records overlaps the verge boundary.

    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
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    YarrowAchillea millefolium21/06/2020cesca beamish
    Cow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris21/06/2020cesca beamish
    DaisyBellis perennis21/06/2020cesca beamish
    Common Mouse-earCerastium fontanum21/06/2020cesca beamish
    Creeping ThistleCirsium arvense21/06/2020cesca beamish
    Spear ThistleCirsium vulgare21/06/2020cesca beamish
    Beaked Hawk's-beardCrepis vesicaria21/06/2020cesca beamish
    Cut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum21/06/2020cesca beamish
    HogweedHeracleum sphondylium21/06/2020cesca beamish
    Common Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata21/06/2020cesca beamish
    Common MallowMalva sylvestris21/06/2020cesca beamish
    Buck's-horn PlantainPlantago coronopus21/06/2020cesca beamish
    Ribwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata21/06/2020cesca beamish
    Greater PlantainPlantago major21/06/2020cesca beamish
    Creeping ButtercupRanunculus repens21/06/2020cesca beamish

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus18/03/2019
    BirdsPied WagtailMotacilla alba19/02/2020
    ButterfliesPainted LadyVanessa cardui25/06/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius21/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata21/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus21/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPerennial Rye-grassLolium perenne21/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesAnnual Meadow-grassPoa annua21/06/2020
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium21/06/2020
    WildflowersWild AngelicaAngelica sylvestris19/05/2017
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris21/06/2020
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis21/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum21/06/2020
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense21/06/2020
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare21/06/2020
    WildflowersBeaked Hawk's-beardCrepis vesicaria21/06/2020
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum21/06/2020
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium21/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata21/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris21/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon MallowMalva sylvestris21/06/2020
    WildflowersBuck's-horn PlantainPlantago coronopus21/06/2020
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata21/06/2020
    WildflowersGreater PlantainPlantago major21/06/2020
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens21/06/2020
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius21/06/2020
    WildflowersGoat's-beardTragopogon pratensis21/06/2020
    WildflowersLesser TrefoilTrifolium dubium21/06/2020