Donkey Lane, Sapcote

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Getting There

    Access is via Bassett Lane (behnd All Saints Church) and there is a small parking are near the Bassett Lane Cemetery.  

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 271


    Donkey Lane in Sapcote is a short unmade road which runs from the Bassett Lane Cemetery for a few hundred yards.  The wide verges of lush vegetation and high hedges either side encourage a rich insect population typical of woodland edge, and at the end of the lane is a small copse with Aspen amongst other species.  Having reached the small copse area anyone wishing to extend their walk can follow public footpaths into the fields in two directions.

    Wildlife Highlights

     Flora includes Winter Aconites which are usually in flower sometime during February and Goldilocks Buttercup which are found in the copse at the far end of the lane. Greater Spotted Woodpecker and BlueTits raised young in the area in 2009, but it is the insect life that is particularly rich here.Hoverflies such as Volucella inanis Brachyopa scutellaris ,   and ,,, , , Brachyopa scutellaris and Ferdinandea cuprea have been recorded here, as have the Bronze Shieldbug Troilus luridus plus some interesting beetles. Volucella inanis Brachyopa scutellaris ,   and ,,, ,  VFerdinandea cuprea

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Norway MapleAcer platanoides12/05/2020Graham Calow
    Nedyus quadrimaculatus20/04/2020Graham Calow
    Rhingia campestris16/04/2020Graham Calow
    Tachyporus obtusus15/04/2020Graham Calow
    Linyphia hortensis15/04/2020Graham Calow
    Pea-leaf WeevilSitona lineatus15/04/2020Graham Calow
    Parethelcus pollinarius15/04/2020Graham Calow
    Cabbage Seed WeevilCeutorhynchus obstrictus15/04/2020Graham Calow
    Stenus similis15/04/2020Graham Calow
    Physcia adscendens07/04/2020Graham Calow
    MoleTalpa europaea07/04/2020Graham Calow
    Bird CherryPrunus padus07/04/2020Graham Calow
    BluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta07/04/2020Graham Calow
    Meadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis07/04/2020Graham Calow
    SycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus07/04/2020Graham Calow

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAchaius oratorius14/09/2009
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAlomya debellator14/09/2009
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAmblyteles armatorius22/06/2009
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida05/05/2008
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis31/05/2009
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuathra laborator14/07/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsIchneumon sarcitorius14/07/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus15/09/2018
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata03/06/2010
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata17/05/2010
    BeetlesBembidion quadrimaculatum25/02/2019
    BeetlesCantharis flavilabris14/07/2012
    BeetlesCantharis livida30/06/2012
    BeetlesCabbage Seed WeevilCeutorhynchus obstrictus15/04/2020
    BeetlesChrysolina oricalcia01/06/2009
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata04/04/2014
    BeetlesConopalpus testaceus29/07/2019
    BeetlesAcorn WeevilCurculio glandium06/05/2010
    BeetlesLesser Stag BeetleDorcus parallelipipedus21/06/2009
    BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula22/05/2009
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis03/05/2013
    BeetlesLeiosoma deflexum26/04/2012
    BeetlesLoricera pilicornis05/04/2010
    BeetlesCommon CockchaferMelolontha melolontha25/06/2009
    BeetlesNedyus quadrimaculatus20/04/2020
    BeetlesParethelcus pollinarius15/04/2020
    BeetlesPerapion hydrolapathi26/04/2012
    BeetlesNettle WeevilPhyllobius pomaceus06/05/2009
    BeetlesCommon Leaf WeevilPhyllobius pyri26/04/2012
    BeetlesPhyllobius roboretanus26/04/2012