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:


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.

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