Gipsy Lane Brick Quarry

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    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.
    Email: natureconservation@leicester.gov.uk

     

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 206

    Description

    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.

    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.


    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Woodlice, CrustaceansPill WoodlouseArmadillidium vulgare26/04/2019
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Shiny WoodlouseOniscus asellus23/08/2018
    Woodlice, CrustaceansAnt WoodlousePlatyarthrus hoffmannseggi23/08/2018
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Rough WoodlousePorcellio scaber23/08/2018
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium07/09/2019
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris26/04/2019
    WildflowersLesser BurdockArctium minus07/09/2019
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SandwortArenaria serpyllifolia subsp. serpyllifolia07/09/2019
    WildflowersHorse-radishArmoracia rusticana26/04/2019
    WildflowersMugwortArtemisia vulgaris07/09/2019
    WildflowersWhite BryonyBryonia dioica26/04/2019
    WildflowersLarge BindweedCalystegia silvatica07/09/2019
    WildflowersShepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris26/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra23/08/2018
    WildflowersCommon CentauryCentaurium erythraea07/09/2019
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum07/09/2019
    WildflowersSticky Mouse-earCerastium glomeratum26/04/2019
    WildflowersRosebay WillowherbChamerion angustifolium07/09/2019
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense26/04/2019
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare26/04/2019
    WildflowersField BindweedConvolvulus arvensis07/09/2019
    WildflowersSmooth Hawk's-beardCrepis capillaris07/09/2019
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum26/04/2019
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum07/09/2019
    WildflowersHoary WillowherbEpilobium parviflorum07/09/2019
    WildflowersBlue FleabaneErigeron acer07/09/2019
    WildflowersCanadian FleabaneErigeron canadensis07/09/2019
    WildflowersGuernsey FleabaneErigeron sumatrensis07/09/2019
    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
    WildflowersPerforate St John's-wortHypericum perforatum07/09/2019
    WildflowersCommon Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata07/09/2019
    WildflowersHoary RagwortJacobaea erucifolia07/09/2019
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris07/09/2019
    WildflowersGreat LettuceLactuca virosa07/09/2019
    WildflowersRed Dead-nettleLamium purpureum26/04/2019
    WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare23/08/2018
    WildflowersFairy FlaxLinum catharticum07/09/2019
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus26/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon MallowMalva sylvestris26/04/2019
    WildflowersSpotted MedickMedicago arabica26/04/2019
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina26/04/2019
    WildflowersRibbed MelilotMelilotus officinalis07/09/2019
    WildflowersField Forget-me-notMyosotis arvensis26/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon TwaybladeNeottia ovata02/06/2016
    WildflowersRed BartsiaOdontites vernus07/09/2019
    WildflowersWild MarjoramOriganum vulgare07/09/2019
    WildflowersOpium PoppyPapaver somniferum26/04/2019
    WildflowersAmphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia07/09/2019
    WildflowersMouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum26/04/2019
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata26/04/2019
    WildflowersSilverweedPotentilla anserina26/04/2019
    WildflowersCreeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans26/04/2019
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris07/09/2019
    WildflowersBulbous ButtercupRanunculus bulbosus26/04/2019
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens07/09/2019
    WildflowersWeldReseda luteola26/04/2019
    WildflowersCurled DockRumex crispus26/04/2019
    WildflowersAutumn HawkbitScorzoneroides autumnalis07/09/2019
    WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica26/04/2019
    WildflowersCharlockSinapis arvensis26/04/2019
    WildflowersHedge MustardSisymbrium officinale26/04/2019
    WildflowersCanadian GoldenrodSolidago canadensis07/09/2019
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica07/09/2019
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media26/04/2019
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.26/04/2019
    WildflowersField Penny-cressThlaspi arvense26/04/2019
    WildflowersHop TrefoilTrifolium campestre07/09/2019
    WildflowersLesser TrefoilTrifolium dubium07/09/2019
    WildflowersAlsike CloverTrifolium hybridum07/09/2019
    WildflowersSlender TrefoilTrifolium micranthum07/09/2019
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens07/09/2019
    WildflowersScentless MayweedTripleurospermum inodorum07/09/2019
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara26/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica26/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa26/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre26/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus26/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersButterfly-bushBuddleja davidii26/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDogwoodCornus sanguinea07/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBroomCytisus scoparius23/08/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior26/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersOrchard AppleMalus domestica07/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild CherryPrunus avium07/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur07/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina23/08/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.26/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGoat WillowSalix caprea07/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGrey WillowSalix cinerea subsp. cinerea07/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus07/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersEnglish ElmUlmus procera07/09/2019
    SpidersBlack Lace-weaver SpiderAmaurobius ferox26/04/2019
    SpidersDrassodes cupreus23/08/2018
    SpidersCommon Wolf SpiderPardosa pullata23/08/2018
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis23/08/2018
    SpidersHobo SpiderTegenaria agrestis26/04/2019
    SpidersTrochosa terricola26/04/2019
    SpidersXysticus cristatus23/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsSmooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula07/09/2019
    Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.23/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsGarden SlugArion hortensis23/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus23/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsSilky SnailAshfordia granulata23/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsWrinkled SnailCandidula intersecta23/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis23/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis26/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsStriped SnailCernuella virgata26/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsSlippery SnailCochlicopa lubrica07/09/2019
    Slugs & SnailsGarden SnailCornu aspersum26/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsMarsh SlugDeroceras laeve23/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum23/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsDiscus SnailDiscus rotundatus23/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsKentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana26/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsGarlic SnailOxychilus alliarius23/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsWandering Pond SnailRadix balthica26/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris23/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsBudapest SlugTandonia budapestensis26/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsHairy SnailTrochulus hispidus26/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsStrawberry SnailTrochulus striolatus26/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsEccentric Grass SnailVallonia excentrica23/08/2018
    MothsElbow-stripe Grass-veneerAgriphila geniculea23/08/2018
    MothsSquare-spot RusticXestia xanthographa26/04/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsGrey-cushioned GrimmiaGrimmia pulvinata26/04/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsWall Screw-mossTortula muralis26/04/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria campestricola07/09/2019
    MammalsRabbitOryctolagus cuniculus07/09/2019
    MammalsRed FoxVulpes vulpes23/08/2018
    LichensLecidella elaeochroma26/04/2019
    LichensSarcogyne regularis07/09/2019
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus23/08/2018
    HoverfliesEristalis arbustorum23/08/2018
    HoverfliesCommon Drone FlyEristalis tenax23/08/2018
    HoverfliesPied HoverflyScaeva pyrastri23/08/2018
    HoverfliesLong HoverflySphaerophoria scripta23/08/2018
    HoverfliesSyrphus ribesii23/08/2018
    harvestmen (Opiliones)Opilio saxatilis23/08/2018
    Grasshoppers & CricketsLesser Marsh GrasshopperChorthippus albomarginatus23/08/2018
    Grasshoppers & CricketsLong Winged Cone-headConocephalus fuscus07/09/2019
    Grasshoppers & CricketsSlender GroundhopperTetrix subulata07/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon BentAgrostis capillaris07/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCreeping BentAgrostis stolonifera07/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse-bromeBrachypodium sylvaticum07/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesWood Small-reedCalamagrostis epigejos23/08/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesGlaucous SedgeCarex flacca07/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPendulous SedgeCarex pendula07/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata07/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Spike-rushEleocharis palustris07/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesRed FescueFestuca rubra07/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus07/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesJointed RushJuncus articulatus07/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSoft-rushJuncus effusus07/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHard RushJuncus inflexus26/04/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTimothyPhleum pratense07/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTall FescueSchedonorus arundinaceus07/09/2019
    FungiHollyhock RustPuccinia malvacearum26/04/2019
    FungiPuccinia poarum23/08/2018
    FliesLucilia sericata23/08/2018
    FliesSarcophaga sp.23/08/2018
    Ferns & HorsetailsField HorsetailEquisetum arvense26/04/2019
    EarwigsCommon European EarwigForficula auricularia23/08/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum07/09/2019
    Centipedes & MillipedesPill MillipedeGlomeris marginata23/08/2018
    Centipedes & MillipedesBrown CentipedeLithobius forficatus27/04/2019
    Centipedes & MillipedesStone CentipedeLithobius microps26/04/2019
    Centipedes & MillipedesWhite-legged Snake MillipedeTachypodoiulus niger23/08/2018
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae26/04/2019
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines26/04/2019
    ButterfliesLarge WhitePieris brassicae23/08/2018
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi07/09/2019
    ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae23/08/2018
    ButterfliesCommon Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus23/08/2018
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus07/09/2019
    BugsSloe BugDolycoris baccarum23/08/2018
    BugsRibautiana tenerrima23/08/2018
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis23/08/2018
    BirdsGreenfinchCarduelis chloris29/04/2019
    BirdsRavenCorvus corax07/09/2019
    BirdsMagpiePica pica23/08/2018
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis07/09/2019
    BirdsDunnockPrunella modularis07/09/2019
    BirdsWhitethroatSylvia communis29/04/2019
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula23/08/2018
    BeetlesBroom Seed BeetleBruchidius villosus26/04/2019
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata23/08/2018
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata23/08/2018
    BeetlesPea-leaf WeevilSitona lineatus23/08/2018
    BeetlesTrichosirocalus troglodytes23/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari26/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis07/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera23/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius23/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.26/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum23/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Pea Gall WaspDiplolepis eglanteriae/nervosa23/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae23/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFormica lemani07/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus23/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger23/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsMyrmica ruginodis26/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Spangle GallNeuroterus albipes07/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris23/08/2018
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris26/04/2019