Nunckley Trail, Rothley
Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary
Located on Swithland Lane Mountsorrel, approximately 100m North of the junction with Halstead Road.
Address: 240 Swithland Lane, Rothley, Leicester LE7 7UE.
Total species seen at this site: 14
The Heritage Centre's Ecology Group volunteers have created a new nature and history trail through the woodland south of Nunckley Hill. The path is a circular half mile long route that is accessed via a foot-crossing next to Nunckley Hill station platform. For disabled visitors who can’t traverse the steep path from the station platform, access is available via Swithland Lane. Please see staff in the Granite’s coffee shop who will be able to give you access. Much thought has gone into creating the path which takes in many areas of ecological and historical interest. These include differing types of woodland habitats and the Wildlife Warrior activity areas, as well as the ruins of the old Dobb Hall and the industrial archaeology of the old Nunckley Hill quarry.
The trail runs through secondary woodland which supports bluebells and cowslips, as well as a seeded wildflower meadow. The Heritage Centre have produced 'spotting guides' which highlight some of the wildlife to be found here (downloadable from their website - see link below).
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Oak Marble Gall Wasp||Andricus kollari||12/01/2018||Annie Smith|
|Cola-nut Gall||Andricus lignicola||12/01/2018||Annie Smith|
|Hairy Curtain Crust||Stereum hirsutum||12/01/2018||Annie Smith|
|Turkeytail||Trametes versicolor||12/01/2018||Annie Smith|
|Hart's-tongue||Asplenium scolopendrium||12/01/2018||Annie Smith|
|Velvet Shank||Flammulina velutipes||12/01/2018||Annie Smith|
|Jelly Ear Fungus||Auricularia auricula-judae||12/01/2018||Annie Smith|
|Bird's Wing||Dypterygia scabriuscula||24/06/2015||grahamstocks|
|Marsh Thistle||Cirsium palustre||03/06/2015||grahamstocks|
|Heath Speedwell||Veronica officinalis||31/05/2015||grahamstocks|
|Chicken of the Woods||Laetiporus sulphureus||24/05/2015||grahamstocks|
|Group||Common name||Latin name||Last seen|
|Bees, Wasps, Ants||Oak Marble Gall Wasp||Andricus kollari||12/01/2018|
|Bees, Wasps, Ants||Cola-nut Gall||Andricus lignicola||12/01/2018|
|Ferns & Horsetails||Hart's-tongue||Asplenium scolopendrium||12/01/2018|
|Fungi||Jelly Ear Fungus||Auricularia auricula-judae||12/01/2018|
|Fungi||Velvet Shank||Flammulina velutipes||12/01/2018|
|Fungi||Chicken of the Woods||Laetiporus sulphureus||24/05/2015|
|Fungi||Hairy Curtain Crust||Stereum hirsutum||12/01/2018|
|Moths||Bird's Wing||Dypterygia scabriuscula||24/06/2015|
|Wildflowers||Marsh Thistle||Cirsium palustre||03/06/2015|
|Wildflowers||Heath Speedwell||Veronica officinalis||31/05/2015|