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
    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 ruber26/06/2014
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum22/05/2016
    WildflowersSticky Mouse-earCerastium glomeratum22/05/2015
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare11/06/2017
    WildflowersSpringbeautyClaytonia perfoliata02/04/2016
    WildflowersHemlockConium maculatum17/06/2019
    WildflowersPignutConopodium majus09/05/2014
    WildflowersIvy-leaved ToadflaxCymbalaria muralis09/05/2014
    WildflowersFoxgloveDigitalis purpurea17/06/2019
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum22/05/2015
    WildflowersCommon Stork's-billErodium cicutarium02/04/2016
    WildflowersCommon WhitlowgrassErophila verna02/05/2013
    WildflowersBalkan SpurgeEuphorbia oblongata27/06/2016
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna02/04/2018
    WildflowersLady's BedstrawGalium verum26/06/2014
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum22/05/2015
    WildflowersDove's-foot Crane's-billGeranium molle17/06/2019