Gipsy Lane Brick Quarry

    Wildlife Highlights

    The geology of this site provides a composition of mineral soils that are unique to Leicester and are rarely found in Leicestershire.  As such specialists have visited the site and found rare invertebrates largely confined to this habitat. A survey in 2018 revealed that this is the best site in Leicester for molluscs, thanks to its calcareous geology. More widely, the site supports Bee orchids, Common Centaury and other calcareous species.  The sites topography and low nutrients mean that grassland is generally sparse and allows for an open sward and greater diversity.  Within the former quarry rabbits are quite active and help to control the sward.  The site also supports gorse and broom which provide local nesting habitat.

    Small areas of marsh are present in the SuDs basin which supports ephemeral vegetation whilst recent works have created a number of permanent and semi-permanent ponds which support smooth newts.

    Further Information

    The site is under the responsibility of Natural England. Further information on the SSSI status of this site can be found here.

    Getting There

    The site is managed by Leicester City Council and there is no open access onto the site. Arrangements to visit the site can be made via the council’s Nature Conservation team or see local press for details of formal Open Days when the site will be open to specialists and the public with restricted access twice per year.


    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 140


    The former brick quarry was designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1981.  It is one of the smallest SSSIs in Leicestershire and is designated for its geological importance (Gypsum quarry made up of mudstones and dolomitic limestone with rich sulphide minerals).

    It has undergone major landscaping and changes resulting from a new road scheme that was constructed to the west and north of the site.  In 2016 the site had to undergo further levelling to help protect the exposed face of the Gypsum quarry which was subject to erosion from water being directed onto the face.

    The SSSI is protected from nearby development by a green boundary formed by a SuDs feature to provide storage for water. The site is also a Local Wildlife Site due to its botanical diversity and mosaic of habitats.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    WhitethroatSylvia communis29/04/2019DJ Robbins
    GreenfinchCarduelis chloris29/04/2019DJ Robbins
    Brown CentipedeLithobius forficatus27/04/2019David Nicholls
    Spotted MedickMedicago arabica26/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Opium PoppyPapaver somniferum26/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Horse-radishArmoracia rusticana26/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Hollyhock RustPuccinia malvacearum26/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Wrinkled SnailCandidula intersecta26/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Wandering Pond SnailRadix balthica26/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    White-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis26/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Bulbous ButtercupRanunculus bulbosus26/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Budapest SlugTandonia budapestensis26/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Square-spot RusticXestia xanthographa26/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Pill WoodlouseArmadillidium vulgare26/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    SilverweedPotentilla anserina26/04/2019Saharima Roenisch

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Woodlice, CrustaceansPill WoodlouseArmadillidium vulgare26/04/2019
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Shiny WoodlouseOniscus asellus23/08/2018
    Woodlice, CrustaceansAnt WoodlousePlatyarthrus hoffmannseggi26/04/2019
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Rough WoodlousePorcellio scaber23/08/2018
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris26/04/2019
    WildflowersHorse-radishArmoracia rusticana26/04/2019
    WildflowersWhite BryonyBryonia dioica26/04/2019
    WildflowersShepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris26/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra26/04/2019
    WildflowersSticky Mouse-earCerastium glomeratum26/04/2019
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense26/04/2019
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare26/04/2019
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum26/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon WhitlowgrassErophila verna26/04/2019
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum26/04/2019
    WildflowersDove's-foot Crane's-billGeranium molle26/04/2019
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides26/04/2019
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium26/04/2019
    WildflowersSpotted HawkweedHieracium spilophaeum23/08/2018
    WildflowersRed Dead-nettleLamium purpureum26/04/2019
    WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare26/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus26/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon MallowMalva sylvestris26/04/2019
    WildflowersSpotted MedickMedicago arabica26/04/2019
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina26/04/2019
    WildflowersField Forget-me-notMyosotis arvensis26/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon TwaybladeNeottia ovata02/06/2016
    WildflowersOpium PoppyPapaver somniferum26/04/2019
    WildflowersMouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum26/04/2019
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata26/04/2019