Great Bowden

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To find out more about featured Wild Places in and around the parish (red boundaries on the map), visit the Wild Places page. Contact NatureSpot if you have an idea for any additional Wild Places.

The rural parish of Great Bowden is situated in South Leicestershire and surrounded by the Welland Valley. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) and was once the centre of a Saxon royal estate. The construction of the Grand Union Canal in 1809 provided a fuel supply and transport system for the local brickyard, whose products are still in evidence in the village. The canal's brief period of importance was challenged by the construction of the local railway in 1850, which split the village in half, compromising its historic integrity. In recognition of its special character a large part of the settlement has been designated a Conservation Area.

The parish is predominately surrounded by an undulating countryside consisting mainly of grazing and arable land. The parish boundaries are mainly watercourses with the River Welland to the east, Langton Brook to the north and the Grand Union Canal to the west. The Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan identifies many green spaces as having notable wildlife and community value and lists 5 in particular that qualify for designation as Local Green Spaces. The Plan also identifies 28 sites of ecological interest with the Parish. The most well-known and important is Great Bowden Borrowpit (aka Great Bowden Brick Pit) off Langton Road - a 2.4 ha Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It was created during the construction of the nearby railway and has since developed an atypical marsh flora and tall fen plant community in poor-base soils.

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Wild places

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Verges for wildlife

Parish Councils are being invited by Leicestershire County Council to take over the management of selected road verges in their area in order to improve their value for wildlife. So far, over 50 verges have been adopted and all have been, or will be, surveyed by NatureSpot to find out which species are already growing there. Surveys in 2020 revealed a surprising diversity of flora with an average of over 30 species on each verge. Encourage your parish council to take part! More information about the project can be found here.

Recording wildlife in Great Bowden

We would like more wildlife observations from the parish. So, if you've seen a species you recognise, from a Blue tit to a Bluebell, click on the header to find out what to do.

Bats in Great Bowden

Inspired by the Parish Council’s installation of phosphor-coated amber (bat-friendly) LED lighting over the footpath in Great Bowden’s Recreation Ground, a small number of volunteers, mainly recruited from the local LRWT group, started to monitor bat activity in and around The Rec, with occasional forays into the wider village. Read more

Verges update


We continue to tend and monitor our first rewilded verges on Main Street; so far this spring we have renewed the scheme’s notices, repainted the blue hearts (cornflower blue), and attempted to reinstate the area dug-up by Western Power Distribution – a regular, if unwelcome, hazard on verges criss-crossed by the pipes and cables of utility companies. Fortunately, we had a few pots of wildflowers in stock and these plants have taken well in the dry solid clay. The Red Clover is already flowering and attracting bees. Given that establishing wildflower verges is a lengthy process, we are pleased with these two verges. The ‘triangle’ is doing particularly well; and given our ‘adventures’ last year (err... mistakes) when trying to establish Yellow (hay) Rattle we were relieved to find it has self-seeded and survived. Carolyn Ford May 2022

Barn Owl

barn owl

This spectacular Barn Owl was recorded in March 2021 near to the A6 just north of Great Bowden.


The images and records below are all from the parish and have been submitted by the community.

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Group Common name Latin name Last seen
AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria27/05/2021
AmphibiansGreat Crested NewtTriturus cristatus08/06/2018
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum27/05/2021
BeetlesCantharis livida27/05/2021
BeetlesNoterus clavicornis08/06/2018
BirdsSkylarkAlauda arvensis31/03/2021
BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo11/06/2016
BirdsJackdawColoeus monedula27/05/2021
BirdsRookCorvus frugilegus31/03/2021
BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major27/05/2021
BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs27/05/2021
BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus17/07/2021
BirdsRed KiteMilvus milvus31/03/2021
BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita27/05/2021
BirdsWillow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus27/05/2021
BirdsBarn OwlTyto alba09/03/2021
BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus27/05/2021
BugsCorizus hyoscyami27/05/2021
BugsItalian Alder AphidCrypturaphis grassii18/06/2016
BugsEuropean Elm Leafcurl AphidEriosoma ulmi18/06/2016
BugsForest BugPentatoma rufipes18/06/2016
ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae27/05/2021
ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines16/04/2019
ButterfliesHolly BlueCelastrina argiolus16/04/2019
ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni24/02/2019
ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae16/04/2019
ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album15/04/2019
Centipedes & MillipedesBrown CentipedeLithobius forficatus31/03/2021
Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula vernalis27/05/2021
Dragonflies and DamselfliesEmperor DragonflyAnax imperator25/06/2020
Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum25/06/2020
Dragonflies and DamselfliesBroad-bodied ChaserLibellula depressa25/06/2020
Dragonflies and DamselfliesLarge Red DamselflyPyrrhosoma nymphula27/05/2021
Ferns & HorsetailsWall-rueAsplenium ruta-muraria29/07/2012
Ferns & HorsetailsMaidenhair SpleenwortAsplenium trichomanes17/07/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis27/05/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius17/06/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCrested Dog's-tailCynosurus cristatus17/06/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata27/05/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesRed FescueFestuca rubra27/05/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus17/06/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesWall BarleyHordeum murinum17/06/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSoft-rushJuncus effusus27/05/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPerennial Rye-grassLolium perenne17/06/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesAnnual Meadow-grassPoa annua17/06/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSmooth Meadow-grassPoa pratensis17/06/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesRough Meadow-grassPoa trivialis17/06/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYellow Oat-grassTrisetum flavescens17/06/2021
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia27/05/2021
Grasshoppers & CricketsSlender GroundhopperTetrix subulata27/05/2021
LichensPhaeophyscia orbicularis31/03/2021
MammalsRed FoxVulpes vulpes20/02/2020
Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAcalitus stenaspis18/06/2016
Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria campestricola18/06/2016
Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAculus hippocastani18/06/2016
Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsCommon ChthonidChthonius ischnocheles28/08/2015
Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsEriophyes similis18/06/2016
Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsVasates quadripedes18/06/2016
MothsBrown-spot Flat-bodyAgonopterix alstromeriana08/04/2015
MothsCommon Flat-bodyAgonopterix heracliana08/04/2015
MothsClouded-bordered BrindleApamea crenata03/06/2015
MothsSilver YAutographa gamma03/06/2015
MothsRed ChestnutCerastis rubricosa08/04/2015
MothsSmall Square-spotDiarsia rubi03/06/2015
MothsShoulder StripeEarophila badiata08/04/2015
MothsMottled PugEupithecia exiguata03/06/2015
MothsPale PinionLithophane socia08/04/2015
MothsApple Leaf MinerLyonetia clerkella06/11/2015
MothsFlame ShoulderOchropleura plecta03/06/2015
MothsBrimstone MothOpisthograptis luteolata03/06/2015
MothsHebrew CharacterOrthosia gothica08/04/2015
MothsClouded DrabOrthosia incerta08/04/2015
MothsHawthorn SlenderParornix anglicella06/11/2015
MothsWillow BeautyPeribatodes rhomboidaria06/08/2020
MothsCherry MidgetPhyllonorycter cerasicolella06/11/2015
MothsHawthorn MidgetPhyllonorycter corylifoliella06/11/2015
MothsCommon Alder MidgetPhyllonorycter rajella06/11/2015
MothsSmall Elm MidgetPhyllonorycter schreberella06/11/2015
MothsSmall Alder MidgetPhyllonorycter stettinensis06/11/2015
MothsEarly ThornSelenia dentaria08/04/2015
MothsBuff ErmineSpilosoma lutea09/05/2021
MothsSilver-ground CarpetXanthorhoe montanata03/06/2015
Slugs & SnailsSmooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula31/03/2021
Slugs & SnailsWandering Pond SnailAmpullaceana balthica27/05/2021
Slugs & SnailsBrown Soil SlugArion distinctus31/03/2021
Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis31/03/2021
Slugs & SnailsGarden SnailCornu aspersum31/03/2021
Slugs & SnailsChestnut SlugDeroceras invadens31/03/2021
Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum31/03/2021
Slugs & SnailsLeopard SlugLimax maximus17/05/2021
Slugs & SnailsKentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana27/05/2021
Slugs & SnailsSlender Amber SnailOxyloma elegans27/05/2021
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna17/07/2021
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior17/07/2021
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix17/07/2021
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.17/07/2021
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra17/07/2021
WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium27/05/2021
WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata27/05/2021
WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris17/06/2021
WildflowersCommon Winter-cressBarbarea vulgaris27/05/2021
WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis17/06/2021
WildflowersMarsh-marigoldCaltha palustris27/05/2021
WildflowersWavy Bitter-cressCardamine flexuosa27/05/2021
WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra sensu lato (=nigra/debauxii)27/05/2021
WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum17/06/2021
WildflowersSticky Mouse-earCerastium glomeratum27/05/2021
WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense27/05/2021
WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare17/06/2021
WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum27/05/2021
WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria29/07/2012
WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine17/07/2021
WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum27/05/2021
WildflowersMeadow Crane's-billGeranium pratense17/06/2021
WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum17/07/2021
WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum17/07/2021
WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium17/07/2021
WildflowersDame's VioletHesperis matronalis17/06/2021
WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris08/07/2011
WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album27/05/2021
WildflowersNipplewortLapsana communis17/06/2021
WildflowersMeadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis17/06/2021
WildflowersRough HawkbitLeontodon hispidus17/06/2021
WildflowersSwinecressLepidium coronopus17/06/2021
WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare17/06/2021
WildflowersCreeping-JennyLysimachia nummularia17/07/2021
WildflowersDwarf MallowMalva neglecta17/06/2021
WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina17/06/2021
WildflowersWater MintMentha aquatica27/05/2021
WildflowersYellow Water-lilyNuphar lutea29/07/2012
WildflowersCommon Evening-primroseOenothera biennis17/06/2021
WildflowersLeast Yellow-sorrelOxalis exilis09/06/2022
WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata27/05/2021
WildflowersGreater PlantainPlantago major27/05/2021
WildflowersSalad BurnetPoterium sanguisorba27/05/2021
WildflowersCowslipPrimula veris17/06/2021
WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris17/06/2021
WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris27/05/2021
WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens27/05/2021
WildflowersCelery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus27/05/2021
WildflowersYellow-rattleRhinanthus minor27/05/2021
WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa27/05/2021
WildflowersCurled DockRumex crispus27/05/2021
WildflowersWater DockRumex hydrolapathum29/07/2012
WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius27/05/2021
WildflowersAutumn HawkbitScorzoneroides autumnalis17/06/2021
WildflowersWater FigwortScrophularia auriculata29/07/2012
WildflowersCommon GroundselSenecio vulgaris27/05/2021
WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica27/05/2021
WildflowersRagged-RobinSilene flos-cuculi17/06/2021
WildflowersWhite CampionSilene latifolia27/05/2021
WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper27/05/2021
WildflowersSmooth Sow-thistleSonchus oleraceus17/06/2021
WildflowersLesser Sea-spurreySpergularia marina17/06/2021
WildflowersMarsh WoundwortStachys palustris29/07/2012
WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica27/05/2021
WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media17/06/2021
WildflowersDevil's-bit ScabiousSuccisa pratensis17/06/2021
WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.27/05/2021
WildflowersWood SageTeucrium scorodonia17/07/2021
WildflowersLesser TrefoilTrifolium dubium17/06/2021
WildflowersRed CloverTrifolium pratense27/05/2021
WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens27/05/2021
WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica27/05/2021
WildflowersWall SpeedwellVeronica arvensis17/06/2021
WildflowersCommon Field-speedwellVeronica persica27/05/2021
Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Shiny WoodlouseOniscus asellus31/03/2021
Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum31/03/2021

Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
Grasses, Rushes & Sedges1425
Slugs & Snails1010
Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions66
Trees, Shrubs & Climbers55
Dragonflies and Damselflies46
Woodlice, Crustaceans22
Ferns & Horsetails23
Grasshoppers & Crickets11
Craneflies, Gnats & Midges11
Centipedes & Millipedes11
Bees, Wasps, Ants11