Donkey Lane, Sapcote

    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

    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: 236


    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.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Conopalpus testaceus29/07/2019Graham Calow
    Agromyza anthracina12/06/2019Graham Calow
    Celery flyEuleia heraclei12/06/2019Graham Calow
    Striped Oak BugCalocoris striatellus12/06/2019Graham Calow
    Aceria tenella14/05/2019Graham Calow
    Aglaostigma aucupariae09/04/2019Graham Calow
    Soft Shield FernPolystichum setiferum09/04/2019Graham Calow
    Phytomyza hellebori25/02/2019Graham Calow
    Bembidion quadrimaculatum25/02/2019Graham Calow
    Diplostyla concolor25/02/2019Graham Calow
    Scolopostethus affinis25/02/2019Graham Calow
    Phytomyza chaerophylli15/11/2018Graham Calow
    Amauromyza labiatarum05/11/2018Graham Calow
    Virgin PigmyEctoedemia argyropeza05/11/2018Graham Calow
    Plain Elm PigmyStigmella viscerella05/11/2018Graham Calow

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata17/05/2010
    Beetles16 Spot LadybirdTytthaspis sedecimpunctata26/04/2012
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata03/06/2010
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata14/09/2009
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata04/04/2014
    BeetlesAcorn WeevilCurculio glandium06/05/2010
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAspenPopulus tremula11/05/2009
    MothsAspen PigmyStigmella assimilella05/10/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella24/05/2009
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBearded CouchElymus caninus14/07/2008
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBee FlyBombylius major06/04/2011
    BugsBirch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus24/10/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBird CherryPrunus padus05/05/2008
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBlack-horned ClegHaematopota crassicornis01/07/2010
    BeetlesBlack Clock BeetlePterostichus madidus04/04/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa04/04/2014
    MothsBlackthorn ArgentArgyresthia spinosella10/06/2014
    FungiBlistered Cup FungusPeziza vesiculosa03/05/2013
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus27/05/2009
    Centipedes & MillipedesBlunt-tailed Snake MillipedeCylindroiulus punctatus20/07/2009
    SawfliesBramble SawflyArge cyanocrocea22/05/2009
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni03/05/2013
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBroad CenturianChloromyia formosa10/06/2014
    FungiBrown Birch BoleteLeccinum scabrum24/09/2013
    Centipedes & MillipedesBrown CentipedeLithobius forficatus02/09/2009
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon27/10/2006
    WildflowersCelery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus24/05/2006
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesCelery flyEuleia heraclei12/06/2019
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs27/02/2015
    HoverfliesChequered HoverflyMelanostoma scalare21/05/2009