Croft Pasture

    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.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 262


    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.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Apple Fruit WeevilNeocoenorrhinus aequatus14/05/2019AJ Cann
    Mouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum04/05/2019Sally Cunningham
    Meadow SaxifrageSaxifraga granulata04/05/2019Sally Cunningham
    GorseUlex europaeus04/05/2019Sally Cunningham
    Bird's-footOrnithopus perpusillus04/05/2019Sally Cunningham
    SpringbeautyClaytonia perfoliata04/05/2019Sally Cunningham
    PignutConopodium majus04/05/2019Sally Cunningham
    Sheep's SorrelRumex acetosella04/05/2019Sally Cunningham
    Common SorrelRumex acetosa04/05/2019Sally Cunningham
    Meadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis04/05/2019Sally Cunningham
    Green WoodpeckerPicus viridis04/05/2019Sally Cunningham
    Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus04/05/2019Sally Cunningham
    DunnockPrunella modularis04/05/2019Sally Cunningham
    MoorhenGallinula chloropus04/05/2019Sally Cunningham
    Bee FlyBombylius major17/04/2019AJ Cann
    Further Information
    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

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus27/03/2019
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io01/04/2019
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae14/04/2018
    WildflowersCrow GarlicAllium vineale14/07/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMarsh FoxtailAlopecurus geniculatus09/05/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis09/05/2014
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos27/03/2019
    HoverfliesAnasimyia contracta20/06/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria01/04/2019
    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
    WildflowersFool's Water-cressApium nodiflorum26/06/2014
    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 vulgaris22/05/2015
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis09/05/2014