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
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium17/06/2019
    WildflowersCrow GarlicAllium vineale26/06/2014
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SandwortArenaria serpyllifolia subsp. serpyllifolia22/05/2015
    WildflowersCommon OracheAtriplex patula26/06/2014
    WildflowersBlack HorehoundBallota nigra27/06/2016
    WildflowersCommon Winter-cressBarbarea vulgaris09/05/2014
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis09/05/2014
    WildflowersHarebellCampanula rotundifolia14/07/2014
    WildflowersShepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris26/06/2014
    WildflowersWavy Bitter-cressCardamine flexuosa09/05/2014
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis16/04/2014
    WildflowersWelted ThistleCarduus crispus27/06/2016
    WildflowersMusk ThistleCarduus nutans26/06/2014
    WildflowersRed ValerianCentranthus ruber27/06/2016
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum22/05/2016
    WildflowersSticky Mouse-earCerastium glomeratum22/05/2015
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare17/06/2019
    WildflowersSpringbeautyClaytonia perfoliata22/05/2015
    WildflowersHemlockConium maculatum17/06/2019
    WildflowersPignutConopodium majus09/05/2014
    WildflowersIvy-leaved ToadflaxCymbalaria muralis22/05/2015
    WildflowersFoxgloveDigitalis purpurea27/06/2016
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum22/05/2015
    WildflowersCommon Stork's-billErodium cicutarium27/06/2016
    WildflowersCommon WhitlowgrassErophila verna02/04/2016
    WildflowersBalkan SpurgeEuphorbia oblongata27/06/2016
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna27/03/2019
    WildflowersLady's BedstrawGalium verum26/06/2014
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum17/06/2019
    WildflowersDove's-foot Crane's-billGeranium molle17/06/2019