Cribbs Meadow

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    Getting There

    Nearest post code: LE15 7RQ.

    Managed By
    Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 190

    Description

    This reserve covers 5 ha and is owned by the Leicestershire and Rutland Trust. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve. The fields lie on Boulder Clay, a heavy 'blue' clay containing much fragmented chalk and limestone. They support a flora once typical of such calcareous clay pastures in Leicestershire and Rutland. Notable species are: adder's tongue, cowslip, green-winged orchid, common spotted-orchid and water avens in spring and early summer; agrimony, great burnet and yellow rattle later in the year. The railway line has a partial covering of trees and scrub with buckthorn and dogwood, overtopped by oak, ash and crack willow in places. All areas are good for butterflies such as grizzled skipper and green hairstreak.

    Wildlife Highlights

    This site is famous for the high number of Green-winged Orchids. Adder's Tongue fern, Betony, Cowslip and Common Spotted-orchid are just a few of the other plant highlights.

    Status

    Nature reserve (Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust)

    Site of Special Scientific Interest

    National Nature Reserve

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Broad Damsel BugNabis flavomarginatus14/06/2020AJ Cann
    Capsus ater14/06/2020AJ Cann
    Clubiona reclusa14/06/2020AJ Cann
    Euophrys frontalis14/06/2020AJ Cann
    Ozyptila praticola14/06/2020AJ Cann
    Pardosa prativaga14/06/2020AJ Cann
    Common Wolf SpiderPardosa pullata14/06/2020AJ Cann
    Philodromus aureolus14/06/2020AJ Cann
    Xysticus cristatus14/06/2020AJ Cann
    Centromerita bicolor14/06/2020AJ Cann
    Dismodicus bifrons14/06/2020AJ Cann
    Pachygnatha degeeri14/06/2020AJ Cann
    Tenuiphantes tenuis14/06/2020AJ Cann
    Pardosa prativaga14/06/2020AJ Cann
    Bathyphantes gracilis14/06/2020AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria01/07/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa29/04/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus curvator29/09/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGarden BumblebeeBombus hortorum29/04/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius16/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.16/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum16/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsPea GallCynips divisa29/09/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSputnik Gall WaspDiplolepis nervosa29/09/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum29/09/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro16/05/2014
    BeetlesCurtonotus aulicus09/06/2019
    BeetlesGorse WeevilExapion ulicis14/06/2020
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis16/07/2017
    BeetlesPlatystomos albinus01/05/2015
    BeetlesPterostichus niger30/04/2016
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva01/07/2014
    BeetlesRhinoceros BeetleSinodendron cylindricum17/05/2014
    BeetlesStenurella melanura12/06/2015
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo30/04/2016
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone16/07/2017
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus16/07/2017
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula19/04/2017
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus30/04/2016
    BirdsWillow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus19/04/2017
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla19/04/2017
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula19/04/2017
    BirdsFieldfareTurdus pilaris19/04/2017
    BugsCapsus ater14/06/2020
    BugsBroad Damsel BugNabis flavomarginatus14/06/2020
    BugsPsyllopsis fraxini agg.29/09/2016
    BugsStenodema laevigata09/06/2019
    BugsJumping Plant LouseTrichochermes walkeri29/09/2016
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus01/07/2014
    ButterfliesDark Green FritillaryArgynnis aglaja05/07/2017
    ButterfliesBrown ArgusAricia agestis09/06/2019
    ButterfliesGreen HairstreakCallophrys rubi17/05/2014
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni19/04/2017
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas16/05/2014
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina16/07/2017
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria29/04/2015
    ButterfliesLarge WhitePieris brassicae16/07/2017
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi19/04/2017
    ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae16/07/2017
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album16/07/2017
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus16/07/2017
    ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris01/07/2014
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesHawthorn Button-top GallDasineura crataegi29/09/2016
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura fraxini29/09/2016
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura kiefferiana29/09/2016
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura pustulans29/09/2016
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura ulmaria29/09/2016
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura urticae29/09/2016
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesMacrodiplosis pustularis29/09/2016
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTiger CraneflyNephrotoma flavescens01/07/2014
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula oleracea01/07/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella01/07/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesEmerald DamselflyLestes sponsa24/08/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBroad-bodied ChaserLibellula depressa14/05/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesFour-spotted ChaserLibellula quadrimaculata16/05/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesLarge Red DamselflyPyrrhosoma nymphula16/05/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesRuddy DarterSympetrum sanguineum24/08/2014
    Ferns & HorsetailsAdder's-tongueOphioglossum vulgatum16/05/2014
    FliesEriothrix rufomaculata16/07/2017
    FliesRhagio scolopaceus16/05/2014
    FliesUrophora jaceana29/09/2016
    FungiOak MildewErysiphe alphitoides29/09/2016
    FungiErysiphe heraclei29/09/2016
    FungiMelampsora caprearum29/09/2016
    FungiPhragmidium bulbosum29/09/2016
    FungiRose RustPhragmidium mucronatum25/05/2018
    FungiPhyllactinia fraxini29/09/2016
    FungiPodosphaera clandestina29/09/2016
    FungiPucciniastrum agrimoniae29/09/2016
    FungiSawadaea bicornis29/09/2016
    FungiMeadowsweet Rust FungusTriphragmium ulmariae29/09/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSweet Vernal-grassAnthoxanthum odoratum16/05/2014
    Grasshoppers & CricketsMeadow GrasshopperChorthippus parallelus01/07/2014
    Grasshoppers & CricketsRoesel's Bush-cricketMetrioptera roeselii01/07/2014
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus16/07/2017
    HoverfliesThe FootballerHelophilus pendulus29/04/2015
    LichensHammered Shield LichenParmelia sulcata19/04/2017
    LichensPhyscia adscendens19/04/2017
    LichensXanthoria parietina19/04/2017
    MammalsStoatMustela erminea24/08/2014
    MammalsFerretMustela putorius subsp. furo30/04/2016
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsRed Pustule GallAceria aceriscampestris29/09/2016
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria macrochela29/09/2016
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsCecidophyes nudus29/09/2016
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsEriophyes similis29/09/2016
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsPhyllocoptes goniothorax29/09/2016
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsPhyllocoptes malinus29/09/2016
    MothsKnapweed ConchAgapeta zoegana01/08/2016
    MothsLight EmeraldCampaea margaritaria01/07/2014
    MothsLatticed HeathChiasmia clathrata01/07/2014
    MothsCommon CarpetEpirrhoe alternata16/07/2017
    MothsDusky SallowEremobia ochroleuca01/08/2016
    MothsShaded Broad-barScotopteryx chenopodiata01/08/2016
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae16/07/2017
    SawfliesWillow Redgall SawflyPontania proxima29/09/2016
    Slugs & SnailsLeopard SlugLimax maximus26/04/2015
    SpidersAgelena labyrinthica09/06/2019
    SpidersAgyneta saxatilis14/06/2020
    SpidersCucumber Green Orb SpiderAraniella cucurbitina sensu stricto09/06/2019
    SpidersBathyphantes gracilis14/06/2020
    SpidersCentromerita bicolor14/06/2020
    SpidersClubiona reclusa09/06/2019
    SpidersDismodicus bifrons09/06/2019
    SpidersComb-footed SpiderEnoplognatha ovata09/06/2019
    SpidersEuophrys frontalis14/06/2020
    SpidersFloronia bucculenta09/06/2019
    SpidersLarinioides cornutus29/04/2015
    SpidersOzyptila praticola14/06/2020
    SpidersPachygnatha degeeri14/06/2020
    SpidersPaidiscura pallens14/06/2020
    SpidersPardosa prativaga14/06/2020
    SpidersCommon Wolf SpiderPardosa pullata14/06/2020
    SpidersPhilodromus aureolus09/06/2019
    SpidersPhrurolithus festivus14/06/2020
    SpidersPhylloneta impressa14/06/2020
    SpidersMothercare SpiderPhylloneta sisyphia09/06/2019
    SpidersPirate Wolf SpiderPirata piraticus16/05/2014
    SpidersSelimus vittatus14/06/2020
    SpidersTenuiphantes tenuis14/06/2020
    SpidersTheridion varians14/06/2020
    SpidersXysticus cristatus14/06/2020
    SpidersXysticus ulmi09/06/2019
    Springtails & BristletailsDeuterosminthurus pallipes09/06/2019
    Springtails & BristletailsEntomobrya nicoleti09/06/2019
    Springtails & BristletailsEntomobrya nivalis09/06/2019
    Springtails & BristletailsPogonognathellus longicornis09/06/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersCrab AppleMalus sylvestris16/07/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa01/07/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.16/07/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSalix x fragilis19/04/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus19/04/2017
    WildflowersAgrimonyAgrimonia eupatoria16/07/2017
    WildflowersBugleAjuga reptans16/05/2014
    WildflowersGreen-winged OrchidAnacamptis morio29/04/2015
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris19/04/2017
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis19/04/2017
    WildflowersQuaking-grassBriza media16/05/2014
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis29/04/2015
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra16/07/2017
    WildflowersRosebay WillowherbChamerion angustifolium01/07/2014
    WildflowersPignutConopodium majus16/07/2017
    WildflowersNew Zealand PigmyweedCrassula helmsii29/09/2016
    WildflowersCommon Spotted-orchidDactylorhiza fuchsii09/06/2019
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum16/07/2017
    WildflowersBroad-leaved WillowherbEpilobium montanum16/07/2017
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna19/04/2017
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria16/07/2017
    WildflowersWild StrawberryFragaria vesca29/04/2015
    WildflowersLady's BedstrawGalium verum01/07/2014
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum16/07/2017
    WildflowersWater AvensGeum rivale16/05/2014
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum29/09/2016
    WildflowersGround-ivyGlechoma hederacea29/04/2015
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides29/09/2016
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium29/09/2016
    WildflowersSpotted HawkweedHieracium spilophaeum29/04/2015
    WildflowersPerforate St John's-wortHypericum perforatum29/09/2016
    WildflowersHoary RagwortJacobaea erucifolia29/09/2016
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris16/07/2017
    WildflowersNipplewortLapsana communis29/09/2016
    WildflowersMeadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis16/07/2017
    WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare01/07/2014
    WildflowersFairy FlaxLinum catharticum16/07/2017
    WildflowersCorn MintMentha arvensis29/09/2016
    WildflowersCommon TwaybladeNeottia ovata09/06/2019
    WildflowersBurnet-saxifragePimpinella saxifraga29/09/2016
    WildflowersSilverweedPotentilla anserina16/05/2014
    WildflowersCreeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans16/07/2017
    WildflowersBarren StrawberryPotentilla sterilis19/04/2017
    WildflowersCowslipPrimula veris22/04/2018
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris16/07/2017
    WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris16/07/2017
    WildflowersCommon Water-crowfootRanunculus aquatilis29/04/2015
    WildflowersYellow-rattleRhinanthus minor16/05/2014
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa16/05/2014
    WildflowersGreat BurnetSanguisorba officinalis16/07/2017
    WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper29/09/2016
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.19/04/2017
    WildflowersUpright Hedge-parsleyTorilis japonica16/07/2017
    WildflowersGoat's-beardTragopogon pratensis16/07/2017
    WildflowersHop TrefoilTrifolium campestre09/06/2019
    WildflowersRed CloverTrifolium pratense16/07/2017
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens16/07/2017
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara29/04/2015
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum09/06/2019