Cribbs Meadow

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 157

    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
    Rose RustPhragmidium mucronatum25/05/2018roy lemmon
    CowslipPrimula veris22/04/2018Robert Carter
    Common KnapweedCentaurea nigra16/07/2017Alan Semper
    AgrimonyAgrimonia eupatoria16/07/2017Alan Semper
    MeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria16/07/2017Alan Semper
    White CloverTrifolium repens16/07/2017Alan Semper
    Lady's BedstrawGalium verum16/07/2017Alan Semper
    Red-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius16/07/2017Alan Semper
    White-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.16/07/2017Alan Semper
    Carrion CrowCorvus corone16/07/2017Alan Semper
    Upright Hedge-parsleyTorilis japonica16/07/2017Alan Semper
    Great WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum16/07/2017Alan Semper
    Red CloverTrifolium pratense16/07/2017Alan Semper
    GatekeeperPyronia tithonus16/07/2017Alan Semper
    Common Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum16/07/2017Alan Semper
    Managed By
    Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust