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.
- 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.
Total species seen in this parish: 654
Thanks to Witherley Parish Council for supporting this section.
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.
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.
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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Red Kite||Milvus milvus||20/05/2020||Helen|
|Orange Tip||Anthocharis cardamines||20/05/2020||Helen|
|Black-headed Gull||Chroicocephalus ridibundus||19/05/2020||Helen|
|Orange Tip||Anthocharis cardamines||18/05/2020||Helen|
|Shining Crane's-bill||Geranium lucidum||06/05/2020||David Nicholls|
|Field Wood-rush||Luzula campestris||06/05/2020||David Nicholls|
|Oil-seed Rape||Brassica napus subsp. oleifera||06/05/2020||David Nicholls|
|Welted Thistle||Carduus crispus||06/05/2020||David Nicholls|
|Water Dock||Rumex hydrolapathum||06/05/2020||David Nicholls|
|16 Spot Ladybird||Tytthaspis sedecimpunctata||06/05/2020||David Nicholls|
|Celery-leaved Buttercup||Ranunculus sceleratus||06/05/2020||David Nicholls|
|Larinioides cornutus||06/05/2020||David Nicholls|
|Yellow Water-lily||Nuphar lutea||06/05/2020||David Nicholls|
|Species group||Total no. of species||Total no. of records|
|Grasses, Rushes & Sedges||49||275|
|Trees, Shrubs & Climbers||47||367|
|Bees, Wasps, Ants||20||50|
|Slugs & Snails||17||33|
|Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions||9||17|
|Ferns & Horsetails||8||15|
|Craneflies, Gnats & Midges||8||11|
|Dragonflies and Damselflies||7||23|
|Grasshoppers & Crickets||7||16|
|Lacewings & Scorpionflies||3||3|
|Mosses & Liverworts||3||3|
|insect - true fly (Diptera)||3||3|