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    • Selected parish = BLUE
    • Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN

    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 either search the interactive map or 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.

    Dragonfly Atlas

    County Recorder Ian Merrill has updated our knowledge of the Odonata in Leicestershire and Rutland (VC55) with an updated version of the County Dragonfly and Damselfly Atlas and Checklist,

    Total species seen in this parish: 654


    Thanks to Witherley Parish Council for supporting this section.

    Wild places

    Welcome to Witherley

    Welcome to the Witherley 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 news stories to read more.

    First for Leicestershire

    A rare water snail has been discovered living in Witherley - the first confirmed record for Leicestershire. The Moss Bladder Snail Aplexa hypnorum. It is likely that this species is more widely distributed within the parish given its habitat preference of ditches and temporary water bodies.

    Moss Bladder Snail

    Recording Witherley Wildlife

    We would like more wildlife observations from around 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.

    Parish Update

    Witherley Parish is a predominantly rural area of west Leicestershire with just four relatively small settlements: Witherley, Ratcliffe Culey, Fenny Drayton and Atterton. The land is flat and traversed by the River Sence, River Tweed and the River Anker. Historically the topography would have meant much of the area was wet and marshy but today most areas are well drained by a network of ditches criss-crossing much of the land. Agricultural activity is divided between arable and livestock pasture.

    The Parish has a low coverage by woodland, only 0.54%. A further 0.07 % is mesotrophic grassland and 58% of the Parish is bordered by a water course. However the parish does contain an excellent network of high quality hedges - some of the best in the county. Many are tall, broad, dense and species-rich, often accompanied by a wet ditch and mature trees. There are also a number of wide and species-rich verges along several roads.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    KestrelFalco tinnunculus23/05/2020Helen
    Red KiteMilvus milvus20/05/2020Helen
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines20/05/2020Helen
    Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus19/05/2020Helen
    JayGarrulus glandarius19/05/2020Helen
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines18/05/2020Helen
    Shining Crane's-billGeranium lucidum06/05/2020David Nicholls
    Field Wood-rushLuzula campestris06/05/2020David Nicholls
    Oil-seed RapeBrassica napus subsp. oleifera06/05/2020David Nicholls
    Welted ThistleCarduus crispus06/05/2020David Nicholls
    Water DockRumex hydrolapathum06/05/2020David Nicholls
    16 Spot LadybirdTytthaspis sedecimpunctata06/05/2020David Nicholls
    Celery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus06/05/2020David Nicholls
    Larinioides cornutus06/05/2020David Nicholls
    Yellow Water-lilyNuphar lutea06/05/2020David Nicholls

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria01/08/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAmblyteles armatorius08/07/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria07/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa07/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari30/01/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera26/06/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum18/06/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius08/07/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum18/06/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum18/06/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris11/07/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis18/06/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsDiphyus quadripunctorius25/07/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Pea Gall WaspDiplolepis eglanteriae/nervosa26/09/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae30/01/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus18/06/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger25/07/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsMegachile centuncularis08/08/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Red AntMyrmica rubra18/07/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsMyrmica ruginodis11/07/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana23/04/2015
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata23/05/2016
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata27/05/2015
    BeetlesAltica lythri23/04/2015
    BeetlesCommon Sun BeetleAmara aenea23/04/2015
    BeetlesCantharis livida26/06/2019
    BeetlesCantharis rufa22/06/2019
    BeetlesCantharis rustica27/05/2015
    BeetlesThistle Tortoise BeetleCassida rubiginosa27/05/2015
    BeetlesWasp BeetleClytus arietis23/05/2016

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges49275
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers47367
    Bees, Wasps, Ants2050
    Slugs & Snails1733
    Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions917
    Ferns & Horsetails815
    Craneflies, Gnats & Midges811
    Dragonflies and Damselflies723
    Grasshoppers & Crickets716
    Woodlice, Crustaceans512
    Lacewings & Scorpionflies33
    Mosses & Liverworts33
    insect - true fly (Diptera)33
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