Croft Pasture

    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: 278

    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
    BugsDeraeocoris lutescens06/08/2009
    BugsGorse LacebugDictyonota strichnocera06/08/2009
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBrown Heath RobberflyMachimus cingulatus06/08/2009
    LichensPeltigera hymenina06/08/2009
    BeetlesLarch LadybirdAphidecta obliterata20/05/2010
    BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula20/05/2010
    BugsStriped Oak BugCalocoris striatellus04/06/2010
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesCleg FlyHaematopota pluvialis10/08/2012
    FungiEntomophthora muscae10/08/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Bee WaspNomada ruficornis02/05/2013
    BirdsReed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclus02/05/2013
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesAlder FlySialis lutaria02/05/2013
    LichensCladonia rangiformis02/05/2013
    MothsHawthorn SlenderParornix anglicella02/05/2013
    SpidersPardosa amentata02/05/2013
    SpidersSalticus scenicus02/05/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana06/05/2013
    BeetlesOntholestes murinus06/05/2013
    WildflowersCommon CornsaladValerianella locusta06/05/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNomada lathburiana16/04/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersOregon-grapeMahonia aquifolium16/04/2014
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis16/04/2014
    WildflowersHonestyLunaria annua16/04/2014
    WildflowersUpright ChickweedMoenchia erecta16/04/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa09/05/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum09/05/2014
    BeetlesApion rubens09/05/2014
    BeetlesGorse WeevilExapion ulicis09/05/2014
    BeetlesHypera rumicis09/05/2014
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata09/05/2014