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
    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
    FliesBee FlyBombylius major06/04/2011
    BugsBirch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus24/10/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBird CherryPrunus padus05/05/2008
    FliesBlack-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
    WildflowersBluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta07/04/2020
    Centipedes & MillipedesBlunt-tailed Snake MillipedeCylindroiulus punctatus20/07/2009
    WildflowersBorageBorago officinalis23/10/2019
    SawfliesBramble SawflyArge cyanocrocea22/05/2009
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni03/05/2013
    FliesBroad CenturianChloromyia formosa10/06/2014
    MothsBrown Apple MidgetPhyllonorycter blancardella13/11/2019
    FungiBrown Birch BoleteLeccinum scabrum24/09/2013
    Centipedes & MillipedesBrown CentipedeLithobius forficatus02/09/2009
    BeetlesCabbage Seed WeevilCeutorhynchus obstrictus15/04/2020
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon27/10/2006