Croft Pasture

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    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 or phone 0871 200 22 33.

    Managed By
    Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 283


    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
    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Small Black AntLasius niger05/04/2020GavinGamble
    Yellow Meadow AntLasius flavus05/04/2020GavinGamble
    Negro AntFormica fusca05/04/2020GavinGamble
    Myrmica scabrinodis05/04/2020GavinGamble
    Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major30/03/2020Hands_anthony
    Knotted CloverTrifolium striatum17/06/2019Sally Cunningham
    Mouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum17/06/2019Sally Cunningham
    PignutConopodium majus17/06/2019Sally Cunningham
    White CloverTrifolium repens17/06/2019Sally Cunningham
    YarrowAchillea millefolium17/06/2019Sally Cunningham
    Bulbous ButtercupRanunculus bulbosus17/06/2019Sally Cunningham
    FoxgloveDigitalis purpurea17/06/2019Sally Cunningham
    HemlockConium maculatum17/06/2019Sally Cunningham
    Spear ThistleCirsium vulgare17/06/2019Sally Cunningham
    Dove's-foot Crane's-billGeranium molle17/06/2019Sally Cunningham

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium17/06/2019
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus27/03/2019
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io22/05/2016
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae17/04/2019
    WildflowersCrow GarlicAllium vineale26/06/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMarsh FoxtailAlopecurus geniculatus09/05/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis02/04/2016
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos27/03/2019
    HoverfliesAnasimyia contracta20/06/2014
    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
    ReptilesSlowwormAnguis fragilis02/04/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBarren BromeAnisantha sterilis22/05/2016
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines01/04/2019
    MothsNettle-tapAnthophila fabriciana27/06/2016
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus26/06/2014
    MothsTimothy TortrixAphelia paleana22/05/2015
    BeetlesLarch LadybirdAphidecta obliterata20/05/2010
    BeetlesAphodius fossor26/06/2014
    BeetlesApion rubens09/05/2014
    BirdsSwiftApus apus17/06/2019
    BirdsGrey HeronArdea cinerea27/03/2019
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SandwortArenaria serpyllifolia subsp. serpyllifolia22/05/2015
    BugsAsciodema obsoleta20/06/2014
    WildflowersCommon OracheAtriplex patula26/06/2014
    MothsSilver YAutographa gamma22/05/2016
    WildflowersBlack HorehoundBallota nigra27/06/2016
    WildflowersCommon Winter-cressBarbarea vulgaris09/05/2014