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: 61


    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

    The verge had been seeded and a number of cornfield annuals were in flower, including Common Poppy, Cornflower and Austrian Chamomile (the latter is a non-native flower often found in commercial seed mixes). It is clear that the soil is nutrient-rich with large nitrogen-loving plants dominating, such as False Oatgrass, Cocksfoot and Nettle. Colonising plants such as Scented Mayweed and Smooth Sow-thistle were frequent and these probably arrived when the ground was cleared for seeding. At the road edge, Buckshorn Plantain was common – a coastal plant now widely found along salted roads.


    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
    Common PoppyPapaver rhoeas02/07/2021David Nicholls
    CornflowerCentaurea cyanus02/07/2021David Nicholls
    False Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Smooth Sow-thistleSonchus oleraceus02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Cock's-footDactylis glomerata02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Dandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Perennial Rye-grassLolium perenne02/07/2021David Nicholls
    YarrowAchillea millefolium02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Fat-henChenopodium album02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Curled DockRumex crispus02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Cow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Common FumitoryFumaria officinalis02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Creeping ButtercupRanunculus repens02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Spear ThistleCirsium vulgare02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Common Field-speedwellVeronica persica02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Annual Meadow-grassPoa annua02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Scented MayweedMatricaria chamomilla02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Hedge MustardSisymbrium officinale02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Rough Meadow-grassPoa trivialis02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Autumn HawkbitScorzoneroides autumnalis02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Meadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Common NettleUrtica dioica02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Goat's-beardTragopogon pratensis02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Bramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.02/07/2021David Nicholls
    AshFraxinus excelsior02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Field MapleAcer campestre02/07/2021David Nicholls
    HazelCorylus avellana02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Broad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius02/07/2021David Nicholls
    HogweedHeracleum sphondylium02/07/2021David Nicholls
    White CloverTrifolium repens02/07/2021David Nicholls
    NipplewortLapsana communis02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Common VetchVicia sativa02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Creeping ThistleCirsium arvense02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Ribwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Dove's-foot Crane's-billGeranium molle02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Common RagwortJacobaea vulgaris02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Lesser TrefoilTrifolium dubium02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Shepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris02/07/2021David Nicholls
    PineappleweedMatricaria discoidea02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Buck's-horn PlantainPlantago coronopus02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Common CouchElymus repens02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Greater PlantainPlantago major02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Kentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Common BentAgrostis capillaris02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Common Mouse-earCerastium fontanum02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Common MallowMalva sylvestris02/07/2021David Nicholls
    7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Wood PigeonColumba palumbus02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Small Black AntLasius niger02/07/2021David Nicholls
    Corn MarigoldGlebionis segetum02/07/2021David Nicholls

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger02/07/2021
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata02/07/2021
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus02/07/2021
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus18/03/2019
    BirdsPied WagtailMotacilla alba19/02/2020
    BugsLiocoris tripustulatus02/07/2021
    ButterfliesPainted LadyVanessa cardui25/06/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon BentAgrostis capillaris02/07/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis02/07/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius21/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata02/07/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon CouchElymus repens02/07/2021
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus21/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPerennial Rye-grassLolium perenne21/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesAnnual Meadow-grassPoa annua21/06/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesRough Meadow-grassPoa trivialis02/07/2021
    Slugs & SnailsKentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana02/07/2021
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre02/07/2021
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHazelCorylus avellana02/07/2021
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior02/07/2021
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.02/07/2021
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium02/07/2021
    WildflowersWild AngelicaAngelica sylvestris19/05/2017
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris21/06/2020
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis21/06/2020
    WildflowersShepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris02/07/2021
    WildflowersCornflowerCentaurea cyanus02/07/2021
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum02/07/2021
    WildflowersFat-henChenopodium album02/07/2021
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense02/07/2021
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare02/07/2021
    WildflowersAustrian ChamomileCota austriaca02/07/2021
    WildflowersBeaked Hawk's-beardCrepis vesicaria21/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon FumitoryFumaria officinalis02/07/2021
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum21/06/2020
    WildflowersDove's-foot Crane's-billGeranium molle02/07/2021
    WildflowersCorn MarigoldGlebionis segetum02/07/2021
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium02/07/2021
    WildflowersCommon Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata21/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris21/06/2020
    WildflowersNipplewortLapsana communis02/07/2021
    WildflowersCommon MallowMalva sylvestris21/06/2020
    WildflowersScented MayweedMatricaria chamomilla02/07/2021
    WildflowersPineappleweedMatricaria discoidea02/07/2021
    WildflowersCommon PoppyPapaver rhoeas02/07/2021
    WildflowersBuck's-horn PlantainPlantago coronopus21/06/2020
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata02/07/2021
    WildflowersGreater PlantainPlantago major02/07/2021
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens02/07/2021
    WildflowersCurled DockRumex crispus02/07/2021
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius02/07/2021
    WildflowersAutumn HawkbitScorzoneroides autumnalis02/07/2021
    WildflowersHedge MustardSisymbrium officinale02/07/2021
    WildflowersSmooth Sow-thistleSonchus oleraceus02/07/2021
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.02/07/2021
    WildflowersGoat's-beardTragopogon pratensis21/06/2020
    WildflowersLesser TrefoilTrifolium dubium02/07/2021
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens02/07/2021
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica02/07/2021
    WildflowersCommon Field-speedwellVeronica persica02/07/2021
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa02/07/2021