Welcome to the Scraptoft NatureSpot page which gives local residents the opportunity to find out about, and contribute to, our knowledge of the wildlife in the parish. Just click on the headers of these stories to read more.
Scraptoft parish lies to the north-west of Leicester and has the village of Scraptoft at its centre. It has a long history and was listed in the Domesday Book. Much of the village is a conservation area with several historic buildings, including Scraptoft Hall. The village is close to the built up edge of Thurnby in Leicester but has extensive, mainly arable, fields to the east. Several public footpaths cross these fields. A golf course lies to the north of the village.
Scraptoft Local Nature Reserve (LNR), on the Beeby Road to the north-east of Scraptoft village, was once a prisoner of war camp, but now contains scrub, a mature hedgerow, trees, a pond and a ditch known as Scraptoft Brook. There is only informal public access to the land. The LNR is managed by Leicester City Council.
The Scraptoft Neighbourhood Plan identifies five wildlife corridors in the parish.
Scraptoft has joined the verge biodiversity project and is working with NatureSpot and the County Council to improve the two verges on Scraptoft Rise, where it joins Scraptoft Lane. These verges will be left unmown during the summer and will be surveyed to identify the wildflowers found there. Read more on our Wild Place page for this site.
Total species seen in this parish:
Thanks to the following for supporting this page:
- Leicestershire County Council
- Scraptoft Parish Council
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.
We need more wildlife observations from around Scraptoft. 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.
The lovely Six-spot Burnet Moth, recorded along Covert Lane, Scraptoft.
The images and records below are all from the parish and have been submitted by the community.
|Species group||Total no. of species||Total no. of records|
|Bees, Wasps, Ants||19||45|
|Trees, Shrubs & Climbers||18||33|
|Grasses, Rushes & Sedges||9||10|
|Dragonflies and Damselflies||3||3|
|Slugs & Snails||1||1|
|Grasshoppers & Crickets||1||1|