Burroughs Road, Ratby

    Wildlife Highlights

    The mixed hedgerows, interspersed with mature oak trees, offer good habitat for birds and insects. Yellowhammer, Goldfinch and House Sparrow are common. Burrough Brook crosses the road (creating a shallow ford) and then weaves through Wirlybones Wood.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 205


    This quiet country lane offers a lovely walk into the National Forest, with rolling hills, new woodland and a historic landscape around you. The lane only offers access to a few houses but there is a very small car park at Burroughs Wood. At the end of the lane there is a tarmac cycle path that weaves its way to Thornton Reservoir. It is just possible to glimpse Bury Camp, a large Iron Age settlement, now on private land about 150 metres from the road. 

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Green AlkanetPentaglottis sempervirens15/04/2019David Nicholls
    YellowhammerEmberiza citrinella19/07/2018David Nicholls
    Silky Wall Feather-mossHomalothecium sericeum25/01/2018David Nicholls
    Capillary Thread-mossBryum capillare25/01/2018David Nicholls
    Grey-cushioned GrimmiaGrimmia pulvinata25/01/2018David Nicholls
    Wall Screw-mossTortula muralis25/01/2018David Nicholls
    Herb-RobertGeranium robertianum25/01/2018David Nicholls
    Red ValerianCentranthus ruber25/01/2018David Nicholls
    Garden PrivetLigustrum ovalifolium25/01/2018David Nicholls
    White Dead-nettleLamium album25/01/2018David Nicholls
    HollyIlex aquifolium25/01/2018David Nicholls
    Holly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis25/01/2018David Nicholls
    Great Hairy Screw-mossSyntrichia ruralis subsp. ruralis25/01/2018David Nicholls
    Red-legged PartridgeAlectoris rufa21/05/2017David Nicholls
    Brooklime Leaf BeetlePrasocuris junci18/05/2017David Nicholls
    Getting There

    Burroughs Lane starts in the centre of Ratby, between the primary school and the Red Bull pub.

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis01/10/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum13/05/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.30/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum07/09/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCherry Gall WaspCynips quercusfolii01/10/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree WaspDolichovespula sylvestris10/06/2011
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata10/06/2011
    BeetlesBembidion dentellum14/05/2017
    BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata17/06/2011
    BeetlesWillow Flea BeetleCrepidodera aurata31/05/2013
    BeetlesGrammoptera ruficornis13/05/2011
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis13/05/2011
    BeetlesHypera rumicis14/05/2017
    BeetlesPhyllobius virideaeris10/06/2011
    BeetlesBrooklime Leaf BeetlePrasocuris junci18/05/2017
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata31/05/2013
    BirdsRed-legged PartridgeAlectoris rufa21/05/2017
    BirdsMeadow PipitAnthus pratensis30/01/2015
    BirdsLinnetCarduelis cannabina30/04/2016
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis04/02/2016
    BirdsGreenfinchCarduelis chloris31/01/2014
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus04/02/2016
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone31/01/2014
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula30/01/2015
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus04/02/2016
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major04/02/2016
    BirdsYellowhammerEmberiza citrinella19/07/2018
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus30/01/2015
    BirdsHouse SparrowPasser domesticus31/01/2014
    BirdsWillow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus30/04/2016