Brookside Meadows, Glenfield

    Wildlife Highlights

    The site is mainly grassland with some areas of planted trees and is part of the flood plain running alongside the Rothley Brook. The Brook supports a good range of wetland species, including Banded Demoiselle damselflies. Kingfisher is an occasional sighting. The grassland contains some interesting species, such as Great Burnet, Meadow Buttercup and Great Willowherb.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 116

    Latest News

    This site is part of recently developed network of new public green spaces and pathways established as part of a commercial and residential development on land near to the M1/A46 junction. It includes a new bridge over the brook.


    This site was established as a nature area in 2017 following the development of the adjacent commercial units. A new permissive cycleway now crosses the site with a bridge over Rothley Brook to connect to the footpath and cycle way running along the old Swannington railway line. There are also mown grass paths.


    Thanks to Glenfield Parish Council for sponsoring the Brookside Meadows page.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Field Penny-cressThlaspi arvense17/09/2018David Nicholls
    RedshankPersicaria maculosa17/09/2018David Nicholls
    Small CopperLycaena phlaeas17/09/2018David Nicholls
    Long Winged Cone-headConocephalus fuscus17/09/2018David Nicholls
    Caper SpurgeEuphorbia lathyris17/09/2018David Nicholls
    Water-cressNasturtium officinale17/09/2018David Nicholls
    Three-spined SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus17/09/2018David Nicholls
    Common DarterSympetrum striolatum17/09/2018David Nicholls
    Common FrogRana temporaria17/09/2018David Nicholls
    Common Drone FlyEristalis tenax17/09/2018David Nicholls
    Eupeodes luniger17/09/2018David Nicholls
    Three-spined SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus09/08/2018David Nicholls
    Common FrogRana temporaria09/08/2018David Nicholls
    Wandering Pond SnailRadix balthica09/08/2018David Nicholls
    Marsh ThistleCirsium palustre09/08/2018David Nicholls
    Getting There

    Pedestrian access to the site is from the footpath and cycle way on the old railway line to the north. Two further access points are located on Kirby Road and one on  Mill Lane.

    Managed By
    Management Company appointed by Wilson Bowden

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria09/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius06/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum06/07/2018
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis09/08/2018
    BeetlesIlybius fuliginosus09/08/2018
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis06/07/2018
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva06/07/2018
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos03/07/2018
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus09/08/2018
    BirdsGrey WagtailMotacilla cinerea01/01/2018
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes01/01/2018
    BugsCommon Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum06/07/2018
    BugsGreen Leaf-hopperCicadella viridis09/08/2018
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus09/08/2018
    BugsSloe BugDolycoris baccarum09/08/2018
    BugsCommon PondskaterGerris lacustris09/08/2018
    BugsNotonecta viridis09/08/2018
    BugsSaldula agg.24/07/2018
    BugsBlue ShieldbugZicrona caerulea06/07/2018
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae06/07/2018
    ButterfliesHolly BlueCelastrina argiolus06/07/2018
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas17/09/2018
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina06/07/2018
    ButterfliesLarge WhitePieris brassicae06/07/2018
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi06/07/2018
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album06/07/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea09/08/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis06/07/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens26/04/2015
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum09/08/2018