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
    BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula17/06/2019
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis17/06/2019
    BeetlesCommon Malachite BeetleMalachius bipustulatus17/06/2019
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus17/06/2019
    BirdsSwiftApus apus17/06/2019
    BirdsGrey HeronArdea cinerea17/06/2019
    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
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes17/06/2019
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae17/06/2019
    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
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum17/06/2019
    WildflowersDove's-foot Crane's-billGeranium molle17/06/2019
    WildflowersBulbous ButtercupRanunculus bulbosus17/06/2019
    WildflowersLesser StitchwortStellaria graminea17/06/2019
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens17/06/2019
    WildflowersKnotted CloverTrifolium striatum17/06/2019
    BeetlesApple Fruit WeevilNeocoenorrhinus aequatus14/05/2019
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesAlder FlySialis lutaria13/05/2019
    BirdsPeregrine FalconFalco peregrinus04/05/2019