Optimus Point Nature Area

    Getting There

    From Sept 2019 there should be a bus stopping on Optimus Way (No 13 from Leicester through Glenfield)

    Until then the bus stops on Kirby Road by the cycleway through Kirby Road Ponds (Outside DPD) and this can be walked up to the area

    There are cycleways from Ratby & Groby and from the heart of Glenfield through Fishley Belt

    There is a permissive path to the area up the Optimus Greenway and a rightr of way through the southern part of the area from Braunstone Frith and out into the Clanfelde Hills


    Managed By
    Savilles Management Company appointed by Wilson Bowden
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 47


    This nature reserve was created primarily for Great Crested Newts. The site has several ponds as well as areas of meadow grassland and is surrounded by mature hedges and trees bordering onto the former Western Golf Course along its eastern side. There are mown paths through it to join a right of way which takes you across  Ratby Lane into Clanfelde Hills and on beyond into the wider countryside.

    It can be accessed by a bridge over the stream and ditch which down the Optimus Greenway which itself then meets the cycleways from Ratby & Groby

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Common KnapweedCentaurea nigra25/07/2018David Nicholls
    Common Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus25/07/2018David Nicholls
    TimothyPhleum pratense25/07/2018David Nicholls
    Common RagwortJacobaea vulgaris25/07/2018David Nicholls
    Dog-roseRosa canina25/07/2018David Nicholls
    Great WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum25/07/2018David Nicholls
    Broad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius25/07/2018David Nicholls
    HawthornCrataegus monogyna25/07/2018David Nicholls
    Ribwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata25/07/2018David Nicholls
    Brown HawkerAeshna grandis25/07/2018David Nicholls
    BulrushTypha latifolia25/07/2018David Nicholls
    Bulrush BugChilacis typhae25/07/2018David Nicholls
    GatekeeperPyronia tithonus25/07/2018David Nicholls
    Small CopperLycaena phlaeas25/07/2018David Nicholls
    Small WhitePieris rapae25/07/2018David Nicholls

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre25/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus12/07/2018
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium25/07/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis25/07/2018
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra25/07/2018
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis25/07/2018
    BugsBulrush BugChilacis typhae25/07/2018
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Field GrasshopperChorthippus brunneus25/07/2018
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata25/07/2018
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus25/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHazelCorylus avellana25/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna25/07/2018
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum25/07/2018
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus25/07/2018
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesEriothrix rufomaculata25/07/2018
    HoverfliesEristalis nemorum25/07/2018
    HoverfliesTapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax25/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior12/07/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus25/07/2018
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris25/07/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHard RushJuncus inflexus25/07/2018
    SpidersLarinioides cornutus25/07/2018
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus25/07/2018
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas25/07/2018
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina25/07/2018
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesFace FlyMusca autumnalis25/07/2018
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis25/07/2018
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina25/07/2018
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria25/07/2018
    BugsCommon FroghopperPhilaenus spumarius25/07/2018