Ladybirds and Longhorns

    Recently published - new County Summaries and Atlases to two of the most popular groups of beetles - Longhorns and Ladybirds - by Graham Finch, VC55 County Recorder for Coleoptera. 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

    Wild places

    Welcome to Thurlaston

    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.

    Ivy Bees Reach Thurlaston

    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.

    Ducks move into the village

    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.

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    Blue Tits - breeding success

    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). 

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    Parish Update

    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. 

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines20/04/2019egaten
    Sloe BugDolycoris baccarum20/04/2019egaten
    SwallowHirundo rustica20/04/2019egaten
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria20/04/2019egaten
    Pine LadybirdExochomus quadripustulatus20/04/2019egaten
    Brindled BeautyLycia hirtaria20/04/2019egaten
    Lunar Marbled BrownDrymonia ruficornis20/04/2019egaten
    Shuttle-shaped DartAgrotis puta20/04/2019egaten
    Light Brown Apple MothEpiphyas postvittana20/04/2019egaten
    Parsnip MothDepressaria radiella19/04/2019egaten
    RabbitOryctolagus cuniculus29/03/2019egaten
    PeacockAglais io28/03/2019egaten
    BrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni28/03/2019egaten
    Parasyrphus punctulatus28/03/2019egaten
    Syrphus torvus28/03/2019egaten

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris27/08/2005
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria11/03/2012
    Barklice & BookliceGraphopsocus cruciatus30/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena bicolor13/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa15/05/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena scotica24/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEuropean Wool-carder BeeAnthidium manicatum09/07/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes24/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera30/08/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGarden BumblebeeBombus hortorum30/05/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum01/06/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius24/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.26/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum30/08/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum22/04/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris15/07/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsIvy BeeColletes hederae20/10/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEctemnius continuus05/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsElampus panzeri01/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGasteruption jaculator04/07/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHalictus rubicundus09/09/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBronze Furrow BeeHalictus tumulorum21/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsIchneumon stramentor12/04/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsIchneumon xanthorius07/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger13/06/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsLeafcutter BeeMegachile willughbiella13/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Red AntMyrmica rubra02/09/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNomada flava01/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana06/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOphion obscuratus24/05/2016

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Bees, Wasps, Ants33100
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2828
    Flies, Gnats and Midges2763
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers2465
    Spiders, Harvestmen & Mites2248
    Slugs & Snails1337
    Dragonflies and Damselflies837
    Woodlice, Crustaceans611
    Ferns & Horsetails55
    Grasshoppers & Crickets315
    Centipedes & Millipedes26
    insect - hymenopteran22
    Mosses & Liverworts11
    Spiders, Harvestmen, Mites & Ticks11
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