Cribbs Meadow

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 173

    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.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Agelena labyrinthica09/06/2019AJ Cann
    Cucumber Green Orb SpiderAraniella cucurbitina sensu stricto09/06/2019AJ Cann
    Clubiona reclusa09/06/2019AJ Cann
    Brown ArgusAricia agestis09/06/2019AJ Cann
    Common Spotted-orchidDactylorhiza fuchsii09/06/2019AJ Cann
    Common Striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum09/06/2019AJ Cann
    Common TwaybladeNeottia ovata09/06/2019AJ Cann
    Deuterosminthurus pallipes09/06/2019AJ Cann
    Comb-footed SpiderEnoplognatha ovata09/06/2019AJ Cann
    Hop TrefoilTrifolium campestre09/06/2019AJ Cann
    Philodromus aureolus09/06/2019AJ Cann
    Mothercare SpiderTheridion sisyphium09/06/2019AJ Cann
    Pogonognathellus longicornis09/06/2019AJ Cann
    Stenodema laevigata09/06/2019AJ Cann
    Theridion varians09/06/2019AJ Cann
    Managed By
    Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust

    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
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis16/07/2017
    BeetlesPlatystomos albinus01/05/2015
    BeetlesPterostichus niger30/04/2016
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva16/07/2017
    BeetlesRhinoceros BeetleSinodendron cylindricum17/05/2014
    BeetlesStenurella melanura12/06/2015
    BirdsSedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenus19/04/2016
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos19/04/2016
    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 atricapilla19/04/2016
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula19/04/2017
    BirdsFieldfareTurdus pilaris19/04/2017
    BugsPsyllopsis fraxini agg.29/09/2016
    BugsStenodema laevigata09/06/2019