Welcome to the new Thurlaston 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.
To find out more about featured Wild Places in and around the parish (red boundaries on the map), visit the Wild Places link on the main menu and enter the parish name into the parish selection box to see species lists and images. Contact NatureSpot if you have an idea for any additional Wild Places.
Total species seen in this parish: 982
Thurlaston Parish Council
The Ivy Bee (Colletes hederae) is a recent invader from the continent, first recorded in Dorset in 2001. It spread rapidly along the south coast and over the last few years has been steadily expanding northwards. Following the submission of a record from Rutland in 2017, the first Ivy Bees from Leicestershire were recorded in September 2018 from Aylestone, Narborough, Stoney Stanton and Broughton Astley. In October it was finally recorded in Thurlaston.
In early September 2017 up to 100 juvenile Mallard moved into front gardens on Croft Road, Thurlaston, feeding on invertebrates and vegetation. The Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) is a common water bird found throughout the county, but it is rarely seen in gardens.
Well-known Thurlaston resident, Malcolm Tarrant, has been following the progress of a clutch of Blue Tit eggs in his garden. The nest box is fitted with a camera, allowing the development of the birds to be monitored without interference (it is illegal to interfere in any way with nesting birds, but this does not apply to nest box cameras installed before nesting commences).
Thurlaston village and its surrounding parish lie in the district of Blaby, just over 6 miles to the south-west of Leicester. The parish is relatively large, occupying the area between the A47 and the M69, bordered by the B582 to the north-east and by Watery Gate Lane to the south-west. The village itself is small with a population in 2011 of just 807, a rural community largely surrounded by agricultural land.
The only publicly-accessible wildlife haven within the parish is Normanton Wood, located 2 miles west of the village on Earl Shilton Lane, just before the junction with Thurlaston Lane. This was created by the Woodlands Trust as part of their "Woods on your Doorstep" project in partnership with DIY store Homebase. Everyone is welcome to walk here amongst trees planted in 1999, mainly oak, ash and field maple. The adjacent grassland has been sown with a mixture of meadow grasses and is allowed to grow long before being cut annually after the wild flowers have set seed.
Also to the west of the village, a footpath passes through the rolling parklands of Normanton Hall, overlooking a small tributary of the River Soar and a number of fishing lakes. Several other footpaths traverse the parish, passing mainly through farmland.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Orange Tip||Anthocharis cardamines||20/04/2019||egaten|
|Sloe Bug||Dolycoris baccarum||20/04/2019||egaten|
|Speckled Wood||Pararge aegeria||20/04/2019||egaten|
|Pine Ladybird||Exochomus quadripustulatus||20/04/2019||egaten|
|Brindled Beauty||Lycia hirtaria||20/04/2019||egaten|
|Lunar Marbled Brown||Drymonia ruficornis||20/04/2019||egaten|
|Shuttle-shaped Dart||Agrotis puta||20/04/2019||egaten|
|Light Brown Apple Moth||Epiphyas postvittana||20/04/2019||egaten|
|Parsnip Moth||Depressaria radiella||19/04/2019||egaten|
|Species group||Total no. of species||Total no. of records|
|Bees, Wasps, Ants||33||100|
|Grasses, Rushes & Sedges||28||28|
|Flies, Gnats and Midges||27||63|
|Trees, Shrubs & Climbers||24||65|
|Spiders, Harvestmen & Mites||22||48|
|Slugs & Snails||13||37|
|Dragonflies and Damselflies||8||37|
|Ferns & Horsetails||5||5|
|Grasshoppers & Crickets||3||15|
|Centipedes & Millipedes||2||6|
|insect - hymenopteran||2||2|
|Mosses & Liverworts||1||1|
|Spiders, Harvestmen, Mites & Ticks||1||1|