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
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas19/07/2020
    WildflowersHarebellCampanula rotundifolia19/07/2020
    WildflowersRedshankPersicaria maculosa19/07/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella29/05/2020
    MammalsRabbitOryctolagus cuniculus29/05/2020
    MothsGreen CarpetColostygia pectinataria29/05/2020
    BeetlesHydrothassa marginella19/05/2020
    SpidersCucumber Green Orb SpiderAraniella cucurbitina sensu stricto19/05/2020
    SpidersHypomma bituberculatum19/05/2020
    SpidersPachygnatha degeeri19/05/2020
    SpidersPhilodromus aureolus19/05/2020
    SpidersTurf Running-spiderPhilodromus cespitum19/05/2020
    SpidersPirate Wolf SpiderPirata piraticus19/05/2020
    SpidersXysticus cristatus19/05/2020
    BirdsLittle EgretEgretta garzetta04/05/2020
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae04/05/2020
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesSt Mark's FlyBibio marci04/05/2020
    HoverfliesHelophilus hybridus04/05/2020
    HoverfliesHelophilus trivittatus04/05/2020
    HoverfliesLeucozona lucorum04/05/2020
    Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.04/05/2020
    BirdsPied WagtailMotacilla alba26/04/2020
    MammalsBrown RatRattus norvegicus19/04/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca05/04/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger05/04/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsMelecta albifrons05/04/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsMyrmica scabrinodis05/04/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus28/03/2020
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos28/03/2020
    BirdsRavenCorvus corax28/03/2020
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula28/03/2020
    BirdsMute SwanCygnus olor28/03/2020
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula28/03/2020
    BirdsPeregrine FalconFalco peregrinus28/03/2020
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus28/03/2020
    BirdsGreat TitParus major28/03/2020
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes28/03/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsWall-rueAsplenium ruta-muraria28/03/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsMaidenhair SpleenwortAsplenium trichomanes28/03/2020
    MammalsMoleTalpa europaea28/03/2020
    MammalsRed FoxVulpes vulpes28/03/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur28/03/2020
    WildflowersParsley-piertAphanes arvensis28/03/2020
    WildflowersPignutConopodium majus28/03/2020
    WildflowersCommon WhitlowgrassErophila verna28/03/2020
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria28/03/2020
    WildflowersSheep's SorrelRumex acetosella28/03/2020
    WildflowersMeadow SaxifrageSaxifraga granulata28/03/2020
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica28/03/2020
    WildflowersStinking HelleboreHelleborus foetidus19/01/2020
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis17/06/2019
    BeetlesCommon Malachite BeetleMalachius bipustulatus17/06/2019
    BirdsSwiftApus apus17/06/2019
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus17/06/2019
    BirdsRookCorvus frugilegus17/06/2019
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major17/06/2019
    BirdsSwallowHirundo rustica17/06/2019
    BirdsCollared DoveStreptopelia decaocto17/06/2019
    BirdsWhitethroatSylvia communis17/06/2019
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos17/06/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata17/06/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus17/06/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTimothyPhleum pratense17/06/2019
    MothsChimney SweeperOdezia atrata17/06/2019
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium17/06/2019
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare17/06/2019
    WildflowersHemlockConium maculatum17/06/2019
    WildflowersLesser StitchwortStellaria graminea17/06/2019
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens17/06/2019
    BeetlesApple Fruit WeevilNeocoenorrhinus aequatus14/05/2019
    SpidersTetragnatha montana14/05/2019
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesAlder FlySialis lutaria13/05/2019
    BirdsDunnockPrunella modularis04/05/2019
    BeetlesPterostichus vernalis17/04/2019
    BugsEuropean ChinchbugIschnodemus sabuleti17/04/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesMicrotendipes pedellus17/04/2019
    FliesBee FlyBombylius major17/04/2019
    HoverfliesEpistrophe eligans17/04/2019
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae17/04/2019
    SpidersGonatium rubellum17/04/2019
    Springtails & BristletailsDeuterosminthurus pallipes17/04/2019
    Springtails & BristletailsEntomobrya nicoleti17/04/2019
    Springtails & BristletailsEntomobrya nivalis17/04/2019
    WildflowersBlinksMontia fontana17/04/2019
    WildflowersChanging Forget-me-notMyosotis discolor17/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum01/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed Mason BeeOsmia bicornis01/04/2019
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis01/04/2019
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io01/04/2019
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines01/04/2019
    ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae01/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa01/04/2019
    WildflowersBrooklimeVeronica beccabunga01/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva27/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena scotica27/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius27/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis27/03/2019
    BeetlesClivina fossor27/03/2019
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus27/03/2019
    BirdsGrey HeronArdea cinerea27/03/2019
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo27/03/2019
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone27/03/2019
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus27/03/2019
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs27/03/2019
    BirdsHouse SparrowPasser domesticus27/03/2019
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula27/03/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsSpringy Turf-mossRhytidiadelphus squarrosus27/03/2019
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna27/03/2019
    Springtails & BristletailsDicyrtomina minuta24/08/2018
    Springtails & BristletailsClover SpringtailSminthurus viridis24/08/2018
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni14/04/2018
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara14/04/2018
    MothsAngle ShadesPhlogophora meticulosa02/04/2018
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria24/06/2017
    ReptilesGrass SnakeNatrix natrix24/06/2017
    BugsLarge Thistle AphidUroleucon cirsii11/06/2017
    FliesCommon Red-legged RobberflyDioctria rufipes11/06/2017
    HoverfliesThick-legged HoverflySyritta pipiens11/06/2017
    HoverfliesVolucella bombylans11/06/2017
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesChrysopa perla11/06/2017
    MothsStraw DotRivula sericealis11/06/2017
    MothsSilver-ground CarpetXanthorhoe montanata11/06/2017
    WildflowersWater FigwortScrophularia auriculata11/06/2017
    WildflowersTufted VetchVicia cracca11/06/2017
    BeetlesCantharis flavilabris27/06/2016
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata27/06/2016
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva27/06/2016
    BugsGrypocoris stysi27/06/2016
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus27/06/2016
    FliesBroad CenturianChloromyia formosa27/06/2016
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus27/06/2016
    HoverfliesThe FootballerHelophilus pendulus27/06/2016
    HoverfliesXylota sylvarum27/06/2016
    MothsNettle-tapAnthophila fabriciana27/06/2016
    WildflowersBlack HorehoundBallota nigra27/06/2016
    WildflowersWelted ThistleCarduus crispus27/06/2016
    WildflowersRed ValerianCentranthus ruber27/06/2016
    WildflowersFoxgloveDigitalis purpurea27/06/2016
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum27/06/2016
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina27/06/2016
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara27/06/2016
    WildflowersFeverfewTanacetum parthenium27/06/2016
    WildflowersKnotted CloverTrifolium striatum27/06/2016
    WildflowersPink Water-SpeedwellVeronica catenata27/06/2016
    WildflowersKeeled-fruited CornsaladValerianella carinata22/06/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCrested Dog's-tailCynosurus cristatus12/06/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria22/05/2016
    BeetlesCantharis nigricans22/05/2016
    BeetlesCabbage Stem WeevilCeutorhynchus pallidactylus22/05/2016
    BeetlesCoccidula rufa22/05/2016
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis22/05/2016
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus22/05/2016
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi22/05/2016
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula oleracea22/05/2016
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula vernalis22/05/2016
    FliesEmpis opaca22/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBarren BromeAnisantha sterilis22/05/2016
    HoverfliesCheilosia albitarsis/ranunculi agg.22/05/2016
    HoverfliesTapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax22/05/2016
    MothsSilver YAutographa gamma22/05/2016
    MothsMeadow Long-hornCauchas rufimitrella22/05/2016
    SawfliesTenthredo atra22/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon Winter-cressBarbarea vulgaris22/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum22/05/2016
    WildflowersDove's-foot Crane's-billGeranium molle22/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus22/05/2016
    WildflowersHedge MustardSisymbrium officinale22/05/2016
    WildflowersBog StitchwortStellaria alsine22/05/2016
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus13/04/2016
    Mosses & LiverwortsJuniper HaircapPolytrichum juniperinum13/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum02/04/2016
    BeetlesGorse WeevilExapion ulicis02/04/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis02/04/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesField Wood-rushLuzula campestris02/04/2016
    LichensPeltigera hymenina02/04/2016
    ReptilesSlowwormAnguis fragilis02/04/2016
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata22/05/2015
    BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea22/05/2015
    BugsConosanus obsoletus22/05/2015
    BugsSpear Thistle LacebugTingis cardui22/05/2015
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria22/05/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Soft-bromeBromus hordeaceus subsp. hordeaceus22/05/2015
    MothsTimothy TortrixAphelia paleana22/05/2015
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SandwortArenaria serpyllifolia subsp. serpyllifolia22/05/2015
    WildflowersSticky Mouse-earCerastium glomeratum22/05/2015
    WildflowersSpringbeautyClaytonia perfoliata22/05/2015
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum22/05/2015
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum22/05/2015
    WildflowersBluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta22/05/2015
    WildflowersRed Dead-nettleLamium purpureum22/05/2015
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata22/05/2015
    WildflowersBulbous ButtercupRanunculus bulbosus22/05/2015
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media22/05/2015
    WildflowersWall SpeedwellVeronica arvensis22/05/2015
    FliesLiancalus virens07/03/2015
    BeetlesCercyon haemorrhoidalis14/07/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesReed Sweet-grassGlyceria maxima14/07/2014
    MothsYellow ShellCamptogramma bilineata14/07/2014
    SawfliesSelandria serva14/07/2014
    WildflowersHoary CinquefoilPotentilla argentea14/07/2014
    WildflowersArrowheadSagittaria sagittifolia14/07/2014
    BeetlesAphodius fossor26/06/2014
    BeetlesCercyon lateralis26/06/2014
    BeetlesDonacia vulgaris26/06/2014
    BeetlesOedemera lurida26/06/2014
    BeetlesPhilonthus cruentatus26/06/2014
    BeetlesPhilonthus varians26/06/2014
    BeetlesSphaeridium lunatum26/06/2014
    BeetlesSphaeridium scarabaeoides26/06/2014
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita26/06/2014
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis26/06/2014
    BugsLeptopterna dolabrata26/06/2014
    BugsGorse ShieldbugPiezodorus lituratus26/06/2014
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus26/06/2014
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina26/06/2014
    Centipedes & MillipedesLithobius melanops26/06/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens26/06/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans26/06/2014
    FishThree-spined SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus26/06/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHairy-bromeBromopsis ramosa26/06/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTufted Hair-grassDeschampsia cespitosa26/06/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPlicate Sweet-grassGlyceria notata26/06/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSmaller Cat's-tailPhleum bertolonii26/06/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Club-rushSchoenoplectus lacustris26/06/2014
    LichensXanthoparmelia conspersa26/06/2014
    MothsThistle ErmineMyelois circumvoluta26/06/2014
    Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis26/06/2014
    Slugs & SnailsGreat Pond SnailLymnaea stagnalis26/06/2014
    SpidersPardosa palustris26/06/2014
    WildflowersCrow GarlicAllium vineale26/06/2014
    WildflowersCommon OracheAtriplex patula26/06/2014
    WildflowersShepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris26/06/2014
    WildflowersMusk ThistleCarduus nutans26/06/2014
    WildflowersLady's BedstrawGalium verum26/06/2014
    WildflowersYellow IrisIris pseudacorus26/06/2014
    WildflowersPurple ToadflaxLinaria purpurea26/06/2014
    WildflowersWater Forget-me-notMyosotis scorpioides26/06/2014
    WildflowersYellow Water-lilyNuphar lutea26/06/2014
    WildflowersRiver Water-crowfootRanunculus fluitans26/06/2014
    WildflowersMarsh Yellow-cressRorippa palustris26/06/2014
    WildflowersClustered DockRumex conglomeratus26/06/2014
    WildflowersAnnual KnawelScleranthus annuus26/06/2014
    WildflowersWhite StonecropSedum album26/06/2014
    WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper26/06/2014
    WildflowersBranched Bur-reedSparganium erectum26/06/2014
    WildflowersUpright Hedge-parsleyTorilis japonica26/06/2014
    BeetlesRhinocyllus conicus20/06/2014
    BugsAsciodema obsoleta20/06/2014
    HoverfliesAnasimyia contracta20/06/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa09/05/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum09/05/2014
    BeetlesApion rubens09/05/2014
    BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula09/05/2014
    BeetlesHypera rumicis09/05/2014
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata09/05/2014
    BirdsMistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus09/05/2014
    BugsSloe BugDolycoris baccarum09/05/2014
    FliesNoon FlyMesembrina meridiana09/05/2014
    FliesPalloptera quinquemaculata09/05/2014
    FliesSarcophaga sp.09/05/2014
    FungiPuccinia allii09/05/2014
    FungiScurfy TwigletTubaria furfuracea09/05/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMarsh FoxtailAlopecurus geniculatus09/05/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse-bromeBrachypodium sylvaticum09/05/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSheep's-fescueFestuca ovina09/05/2014
    LichensCladonia coniocraea09/05/2014
    LichensCladonia rangiformis09/05/2014
    LichensPeltigera membranacea09/05/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsCypress-leaved Plait-mossHypnum cupressiforme09/05/2014
    MothsGrey Gorse PiercerCydia ulicetana09/05/2014
    SpidersDrassodes cupreus09/05/2014
    SpidersLarinioides cornutus09/05/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus09/05/2014
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis09/05/2014
    WildflowersWavy Bitter-cressCardamine flexuosa09/05/2014
    WildflowersIvy-leaved ToadflaxCymbalaria muralis09/05/2014
    WildflowersCommon Stork's-billErodium cicutarium09/05/2014
    WildflowersBalkan SpurgeEuphorbia oblongata09/05/2014
    WildflowersFool's Water-cressHelosciadium nodiflorum09/05/2014
    WildflowersCommon Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata09/05/2014
    WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare09/05/2014
    WildflowersPineappleweedMatricaria discoidea09/05/2014
    WildflowersBird's-footOrnithopus perpusillus09/05/2014
    WildflowersReflexed StonecropPetrosedum rupestre09/05/2014
    WildflowersMouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum09/05/2014
    WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris09/05/2014
    WildflowersCurled DockRumex crispus09/05/2014
    WildflowersWild ClarySalvia verbenaca09/05/2014
    WildflowersSticky GroundselSenecio viscosus09/05/2014
    WildflowersLesser TrefoilTrifolium dubium09/05/2014
    WildflowersSubterranean CloverTrifolium subterraneum09/05/2014
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa09/05/2014
    HoverfliesRhingia campestris16/04/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersOregon-grapeMahonia aquifolium16/04/2014
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis16/04/2014
    WildflowersHonestyLunaria annua16/04/2014
    WildflowersUpright ChickweedMoenchia erecta16/04/2014
    WildflowersGreen AlkanetPentaglottis sempervirens16/04/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana06/05/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNomada lathburiana06/05/2013
    BeetlesOntholestes murinus06/05/2013
    WildflowersCommon CornsaladValerianella locusta06/05/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Bee WaspNomada ruficornis02/05/2013
    BirdsReed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclus02/05/2013
    MothsHawthorn SlenderParornix anglicella02/05/2013
    SpidersPardosa amentata02/05/2013
    SpidersSalticus scenicus02/05/2013
    FliesCleg FlyHaematopota pluvialis10/08/2012
    FungiEntomophthora muscae10/08/2012
    BugsStriped Oak BugRhabdomiris striatellus04/06/2010
    BeetlesLarch LadybirdAphidecta obliterata20/05/2010
    BugsDeraeocoris lutescens06/08/2009
    BugsGorse LacebugDictyonota strichnocera06/08/2009
    FliesBrown Heath RobberflyMachimus cingulatus06/08/2009