Donkey Lane, Sapcote

    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: 239


    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

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    FungiKing Alfred's CakesDaldinia concentrica28/03/2006
    WildflowersSweet VioletViola odorata08/04/2006
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHorse-chestnutAesculus hippocastanum24/05/2006
    WildflowersCelery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus24/05/2006
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum05/06/2006
    WildflowersSheep's SorrelRumex acetosella09/07/2006
    WildflowersField Penny-cressThlaspi arvense09/07/2006
    FungiDryad's SaddlePolyporus squamosus21/08/2006
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon27/10/2006
    WildflowersWinter AconiteEranthis hyemalis31/01/2007
    WildflowersMeadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis31/07/2007
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula03/05/2008
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida05/05/2008
    FungiEgghead MottlegillPanaeolus semiovatus05/05/2008
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBird CherryPrunus padus05/05/2008
    WildflowersHonestyLunaria annua05/05/2008
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHairy-bromeBromopsis ramosa14/07/2008
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBearded CouchElymus caninus14/07/2008
    WildflowersWhorled MintMentha arvensis x aquatica = M. x verticillata06/08/2008
    WildflowersPale WillowherbEpilobium roseum20/08/2008
    FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae14/11/2008
    FungiCrystal Brain FungusExidia nucleata14/11/2008
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula29/03/2009
    WildflowersGoldilocks Buttercup agg.Ranunculus auricomus agg.29/03/2009
    BugsStenodema calcarata20/04/2009
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesSarcophaga sp.24/04/2009
    CranefliesSpotted CraneflyNephrotoma appendiculata03/05/2009
    HoverfliesEpistrophe eligans03/05/2009
    HoverfliesSyrphus ribesii03/05/2009
    BeetlesNettle WeevilPhyllobius pomaceus06/05/2009