Croft Pasture

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

    Getting There

    OS map ref: SP509958

    The reserve lies on both banks of the River Soar on the northern edge of Croft Village, about 12 km southwest of Leicester. Park on the minor road near the Heathcote Arms (SP 511960). Walk up Station Road to the entrance track, which is on the right. N. B. The site is liable to flooding after heavy rain.

    This reserve is easily accessible by public transport to Croft village, contact Traveline for further information www.traveline.org.uk or phone 0871 200 22 33.

    Managed By
    Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 314

    Description

    This Wildlife Trust reserve was glebe land, and is mainly unimproved grazing, with the exception of the south eastern corner, which has been top-dressed at some time in the past. The River Soar runs northwards and eastwards across the reserve, and was excluded from the 'improvement' when much of the upper Soar was deepened and canalised in the early 1970s. Habitats include running water, river bank, and neutral and siliceous (sandy) grassland. The main form of management is by grazing with livestock, supplemented by slashing back of nettles, thistles, etc, in some years.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The major interest lies in the grassland flora. Birds-foot grows at the top of the cliff at the eastern side of the reserve, near Station Road, while wild clary can be seen below the boundary wall in the north eastern corner. A small rocky knoll in the field north of the river supports many uncommon species, including upright chickweed, meadow saxifrage, common stork's-bill and subterranean clover.

    Further Information

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria24/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria17/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva27/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa09/05/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena scotica27/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius27/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum04/05/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum01/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis27/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca05/04/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus28/03/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger05/04/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsMelecta albifrons05/04/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsMyrmica scabrinodis05/04/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum09/05/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana06/05/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNomada lathburiana16/04/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Bee WaspNomada ruficornis02/05/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed Mason BeeOsmia bicornis01/04/2019
    BeetlesLarch LadybirdAphidecta obliterata20/05/2010
    BeetlesAphodius fossor26/06/2014
    BeetlesApion rubens09/05/2014
    BeetlesCantharis flavilabris27/06/2016
    BeetlesCantharis nigricans22/05/2016
    BeetlesCercyon haemorrhoidalis14/07/2014
    BeetlesCercyon lateralis26/06/2014
    BeetlesCabbage Stem WeevilCeutorhynchus pallidactylus22/05/2016
    BeetlesClivina fossor27/03/2019
    BeetlesCoccidula rufa22/05/2016
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata22/05/2015
    BeetlesDonacia vulgaris26/06/2014
    BeetlesGorse WeevilExapion ulicis09/05/2014
    BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula17/04/2019
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis17/06/2019
    BeetlesHydrothassa marginella17/04/2019
    BeetlesHypera rumicis09/05/2014
    BeetlesCommon Malachite BeetleMalachius bipustulatus17/06/2019
    BeetlesApple Fruit WeevilNeocoenorrhinus aequatus14/05/2019
    BeetlesOedemera lurida26/06/2014
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis22/05/2015
    BeetlesOntholestes murinus06/05/2013
    BeetlesPhilonthus cruentatus26/06/2014
    BeetlesPhilonthus varians26/06/2014
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata27/06/2016
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata09/05/2014
    BeetlesPterostichus vernalis17/04/2019
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva27/06/2016
    BeetlesRhinocyllus conicus20/06/2014
    BeetlesSphaeridium lunatum26/06/2014
    BeetlesSphaeridium scarabaeoides26/06/2014
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus29/05/2020
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos28/03/2020
    BirdsSwiftApus apus17/06/2019
    BirdsGrey HeronArdea cinerea28/03/2020
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo02/04/2018
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis01/04/2019
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus17/06/2019
    BirdsRavenCorvus corax28/03/2020
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone27/03/2019
    BirdsRookCorvus frugilegus17/06/2019
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula28/03/2020
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus02/04/2018
    BirdsMute SwanCygnus olor28/03/2020
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major17/06/2019
    BirdsLittle EgretEgretta garzetta04/05/2020
    BirdsReed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclus02/05/2013
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula28/03/2020
    BirdsPeregrine FalconFalco peregrinus28/03/2020
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus27/03/2019
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs27/03/2019
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus04/05/2019
    BirdsSwallowHirundo rustica17/06/2019
    BirdsPied WagtailMotacilla alba26/04/2020
    BirdsGreat TitParus major27/03/2019
    BirdsHouse SparrowPasser domesticus27/03/2019
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita29/05/2020
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis04/05/2019
    BirdsDunnockPrunella modularis04/05/2019
    BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea22/05/2015
    BirdsCollared DoveStreptopelia decaocto17/06/2019
    BirdsWhitethroatSylvia communis17/06/2019
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes17/06/2019
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula17/06/2019
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos01/04/2019
    BirdsMistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus09/05/2014
    BugsAsciodema obsoleta20/06/2014
    BugsConosanus obsoletus22/05/2015
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus22/05/2016
    BugsDeraeocoris lutescens06/08/2009
    BugsGorse LacebugDictyonota strichnocera06/08/2009
    BugsSloe BugDolycoris baccarum09/05/2014
    BugsGrypocoris stysi27/06/2016
    BugsEuropean ChinchbugIschnodemus sabuleti17/04/2019
    BugsLeptopterna dolabrata26/06/2014
    BugsGorse ShieldbugPiezodorus lituratus02/04/2016
    BugsStriped Oak BugRhabdomiris striatellus04/06/2010
    BugsSpear Thistle LacebugTingis cardui22/05/2015
    BugsLarge Thistle AphidUroleucon cirsii11/06/2017
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io22/05/2016
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae17/04/2019
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines01/04/2019
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus26/06/2014
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni01/04/2019
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas17/04/2019
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina11/06/2017
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus27/06/2016
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria22/05/2015
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi22/05/2016
    ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae01/04/2019
    Centipedes & MillipedesLithobius melanops26/06/2014
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesSt Mark's FlyBibio marci04/05/2020
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesMicrotendipes pedellus17/04/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula oleracea22/05/2016
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula vernalis22/05/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens14/07/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella29/05/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans19/07/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsWall-rueAsplenium ruta-muraria28/03/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsMaidenhair SpleenwortAsplenium trichomanes28/03/2020
    FishThree-spined SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus26/06/2014
    FliesBee FlyBombylius major17/04/2019
    FliesBroad CenturianChloromyia formosa27/06/2016
    FliesCommon Red-legged RobberflyDioctria rufipes27/06/2016
    FliesEmpis opaca04/05/2020
    FliesCleg FlyHaematopota pluvialis10/08/2012
    FliesLiancalus virens07/03/2015
    FliesBrown Heath RobberflyMachimus cingulatus06/08/2009
    FliesNoon FlyMesembrina meridiana09/05/2014
    FliesPalloptera quinquemaculata09/05/2014
    FliesSarcophaga sp.09/05/2014
    FungiEntomophthora muscae10/08/2012
    FungiPuccinia allii09/05/2014
    FungiScurfy TwigletTubaria furfuracea09/05/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMarsh FoxtailAlopecurus geniculatus09/05/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis28/03/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBarren BromeAnisantha sterilis22/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse-bromeBrachypodium sylvaticum09/05/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHairy-bromeBromopsis ramosa26/06/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Soft-bromeBromus hordeaceus subsp. hordeaceus22/05/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCrested Dog's-tailCynosurus cristatus12/06/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata17/06/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTufted Hair-grassDeschampsia cespitosa26/06/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSheep's-fescueFestuca ovina09/05/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesReed Sweet-grassGlyceria maxima26/06/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPlicate Sweet-grassGlyceria notata26/06/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus17/06/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesField Wood-rushLuzula campestris02/04/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSmaller Cat's-tailPhleum bertolonii26/06/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTimothyPhleum pratense17/06/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Club-rushSchoenoplectus lacustris26/06/2014
    HoverfliesAnasimyia contracta20/06/2014
    HoverfliesCheilosia albitarsis/ranunculi agg.22/05/2016
    HoverfliesEpistrophe eligans17/04/2019
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus27/06/2016
    HoverfliesTapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax22/05/2016
    HoverfliesHelophilus hybridus04/05/2020
    HoverfliesThe FootballerHelophilus pendulus04/05/2020
    HoverfliesHelophilus trivittatus04/05/2020
    HoverfliesLeucozona lucorum04/05/2020
    HoverfliesRhingia campestris22/05/2015
    HoverfliesThick-legged HoverflySyritta pipiens11/06/2017
    HoverfliesVolucella bombylans11/06/2017
    HoverfliesXylota sylvarum27/06/2016
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesChrysopa perla11/06/2017
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesAlder FlySialis lutaria13/05/2019
    LichensCladonia coniocraea09/05/2014
    LichensCladonia rangiformis02/05/2013
    LichensPeltigera hymenina02/04/2016
    LichensPeltigera membranacea09/05/2014
    LichensXanthoparmelia conspersa26/06/2014
    MammalsRabbitOryctolagus cuniculus29/05/2020
    MammalsBrown RatRattus norvegicus28/03/2020
    MammalsMoleTalpa europaea19/04/2020
    MammalsRed FoxVulpes vulpes28/03/2020
    Mosses & LiverwortsCypress-leaved Plait-mossHypnum cupressiforme09/05/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsJuniper HaircapPolytrichum juniperinum13/04/2016
    Mosses & LiverwortsSpringy Turf-mossRhytidiadelphus squarrosus27/03/2019
    MothsNettle-tapAnthophila fabriciana27/06/2016
    MothsTimothy TortrixAphelia paleana22/05/2015
    MothsSilver YAutographa gamma22/05/2016
    MothsYellow ShellCamptogramma bilineata14/07/2014
    MothsMeadow Long-hornCauchas rufimitrella22/05/2016
    MothsGreen CarpetColostygia pectinataria29/05/2020
    MothsGrey Gorse PiercerCydia ulicetana09/05/2014
    MothsThistle ErmineMyelois circumvoluta26/06/2014
    MothsChimney SweeperOdezia atrata12/06/2016
    MothsHawthorn SlenderParornix anglicella02/05/2013
    MothsAngle ShadesPhlogophora meticulosa02/04/2018
    MothsStraw DotRivula sericealis11/06/2017
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae17/04/2019
    MothsSilver-ground CarpetXanthorhoe montanata11/06/2017
    ReptilesSlowwormAnguis fragilis02/04/2016
    ReptilesGrass SnakeNatrix natrix24/06/2017
    SawfliesSelandria serva14/07/2014
    SawfliesTenthredo atra22/05/2016
    Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.04/05/2020
    Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis26/06/2014
    Slugs & SnailsGreat Pond SnailLymnaea stagnalis26/06/2014
    SpidersCucumber Green Orb SpiderAraniella cucurbitina sensu stricto19/05/2020
    SpidersDrassodes cupreus09/05/2014
    SpidersGonatium rubellum17/04/2019
    SpidersHypomma bituberculatum19/05/2020
    SpidersLarinioides cornutus09/05/2014
    SpidersPachygnatha degeeri19/05/2020
    SpidersPardosa amentata02/05/2013
    SpidersPardosa palustris26/06/2014
    SpidersPhilodromus aureolus19/05/2020
    SpidersTurf Running-spiderPhilodromus cespitum19/05/2020
    SpidersPirate Wolf SpiderPirata piraticus19/05/2020
    SpidersSalticus scenicus02/05/2013
    SpidersTetragnatha montana14/05/2019
    SpidersXysticus cristatus19/05/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsDeuterosminthurus pallipes17/04/2019
    Springtails & BristletailsDicyrtomina minuta24/08/2018
    Springtails & BristletailsEntomobrya nicoleti17/04/2019
    Springtails & BristletailsEntomobrya nivalis24/08/2018
    Springtails & BristletailsClover SpringtailSminthurus viridis24/08/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersOregon-grapeMahonia aquifolium09/05/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur28/03/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus28/03/2020
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium28/03/2020
    WildflowersCrow GarlicAllium vineale27/06/2016
    WildflowersParsley-piertAphanes arvensis28/03/2020
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SandwortArenaria serpyllifolia subsp. serpyllifolia22/05/2015
    WildflowersCommon OracheAtriplex patula26/06/2014
    WildflowersBlack HorehoundBallota nigra27/06/2016
    WildflowersCommon Winter-cressBarbarea vulgaris09/05/2014
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis09/05/2014
    WildflowersHarebellCampanula rotundifolia19/07/2020
    WildflowersShepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris26/06/2014
    WildflowersWavy Bitter-cressCardamine flexuosa09/05/2014
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis16/04/2014
    WildflowersWelted ThistleCarduus crispus27/06/2016
    WildflowersMusk ThistleCarduus nutans27/06/2016
    WildflowersRed ValerianCentranthus ruber22/05/2015
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum09/05/2014
    WildflowersSticky Mouse-earCerastium glomeratum22/05/2015
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare17/06/2019
    WildflowersSpringbeautyClaytonia perfoliata09/05/2014
    WildflowersHemlockConium maculatum17/06/2019
    WildflowersPignutConopodium majus22/05/2015
    WildflowersIvy-leaved ToadflaxCymbalaria muralis22/05/2015
    WildflowersFoxgloveDigitalis purpurea17/06/2019
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum22/05/2015
    WildflowersCommon Stork's-billErodium cicutarium16/04/2014
    WildflowersCommon WhitlowgrassErophila verna02/05/2013
    WildflowersBalkan SpurgeEuphorbia oblongata22/05/2016
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna27/03/2019
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria28/03/2020
    WildflowersLady's BedstrawGalium verum27/06/2016
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum27/06/2016
    WildflowersDove's-foot Crane's-billGeranium molle17/06/2019
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum22/05/2015
    WildflowersStinking HelleboreHelleborus foetidus19/01/2020
    WildflowersFool's Water-cressHelosciadium nodiflorum26/06/2014
    WildflowersBluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta22/05/2015
    WildflowersCommon Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata09/05/2014
    WildflowersYellow IrisIris pseudacorus26/06/2014
    WildflowersRed Dead-nettleLamium purpureum01/04/2019
    WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare09/05/2014
    WildflowersPurple ToadflaxLinaria purpurea26/06/2014
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus22/05/2015
    WildflowersHonestyLunaria annua16/04/2014
    WildflowersPineappleweedMatricaria discoidea22/05/2016
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina27/06/2016
    WildflowersUpright ChickweedMoenchia erecta16/04/2014
    WildflowersBlinksMontia fontana17/04/2019
    WildflowersChanging Forget-me-notMyosotis discolor16/04/2014
    WildflowersWater Forget-me-notMyosotis scorpioides26/06/2014
    WildflowersYellow Water-lilyNuphar lutea26/06/2014
    WildflowersBird's-footOrnithopus perpusillus26/06/2014
    WildflowersGreen AlkanetPentaglottis sempervirens09/05/2014
    WildflowersRedshankPersicaria maculosa19/07/2020
    WildflowersReflexed StonecropPetrosedum rupestre26/06/2014
    WildflowersMouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum01/04/2019
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata22/05/2015
    WildflowersHoary CinquefoilPotentilla argentea11/06/2017
    WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris09/05/2014
    WildflowersBulbous ButtercupRanunculus bulbosus22/05/2015
    WildflowersRiver Water-crowfootRanunculus fluitans26/06/2014
    WildflowersMarsh Yellow-cressRorippa palustris26/06/2014
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa04/05/2019
    WildflowersSheep's SorrelRumex acetosella22/05/2015
    WildflowersClustered DockRumex conglomeratus26/06/2014
    WildflowersCurled DockRumex crispus22/05/2015
    WildflowersArrowheadSagittaria sagittifolia14/07/2014
    WildflowersWild ClarySalvia verbenaca09/05/2014
    WildflowersMeadow SaxifrageSaxifraga granulata04/05/2019
    WildflowersAnnual KnawelScleranthus annuus22/05/2015
    WildflowersWater FigwortScrophularia auriculata11/06/2017
    WildflowersWhite StonecropSedum album26/06/2014
    WildflowersSticky GroundselSenecio viscosus09/05/2014
    WildflowersHedge MustardSisymbrium officinale22/05/2016
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara27/06/2016
    WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper26/06/2014
    WildflowersBranched Bur-reedSparganium erectum26/06/2014
    WildflowersBog StitchwortStellaria alsine22/05/2016
    WildflowersLesser StitchwortStellaria graminea17/06/2019
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media02/04/2016
    WildflowersFeverfewTanacetum parthenium27/06/2016
    WildflowersUpright Hedge-parsleyTorilis japonica26/06/2014
    WildflowersLesser TrefoilTrifolium dubium09/05/2014
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens17/06/2019
    WildflowersKnotted CloverTrifolium striatum22/05/2016
    WildflowersSubterranean CloverTrifolium subterraneum12/06/2016
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara14/04/2018
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica28/03/2020
    WildflowersKeeled-fruited CornsaladValerianella carinata22/06/2016
    WildflowersCommon CornsaladValerianella locusta09/05/2014
    WildflowersWall SpeedwellVeronica arvensis02/05/2013
    WildflowersBrooklimeVeronica beccabunga09/05/2014
    WildflowersPink Water-SpeedwellVeronica catenata26/06/2014
    WildflowersTufted VetchVicia cracca11/06/2017
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa22/05/2016