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    Total species seen in this parish: 1054


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    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. 

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusMossy Willow Catkin GallCauser unknown (Mossy Willow Gall)10/09/2019
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris27/08/2005
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria26/03/2012
    Barklice & BookliceGraphopsocus cruciatus30/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena bicolor13/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria14/05/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow-legged Mining BeeAndrena flavipes01/08/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa19/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nigroaenea26/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena scotica24/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEuropean Wool-carder BeeAnthidium manicatum15/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes24/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera03/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGarden BumblebeeBombus hortorum31/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum01/06/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius20/04/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.06/08/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum01/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum01/06/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris09/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsChrysis ignita03/07/2019
    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 tumulorum07/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsIchneumon stramentor12/04/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsIchneumon xanthorius07/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger13/06/2014

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Bees, Wasps, Ants39120
    Flies, Gnats and Midges3178
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2828
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers2469
    Slugs & Snails1339
    harvestmen (Opiliones)813
    Dragonflies and Damselflies840
    Woodlice, Crustaceans612
    Ferns & Horsetails55
    Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions33
    Grasshoppers & Crickets317
    insect - true fly (Diptera)22
    insect - hymenopteran22
    Centipedes & Millipedes27
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