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
    BugsHawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale02/09/2009
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsRed Pustule GallAceria aceriscampestris22/05/2009
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria tenella14/05/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAchaius oratorius14/09/2009
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata03/06/2010
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata17/05/2010
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus14/07/2012
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHorse-chestnutAesculus hippocastanum24/05/2006
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea17/07/2009
    SawfliesAglaostigma aucupariae03/05/2014
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesAgromyza anthracina12/06/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAlomya debellator14/09/2009
    SpidersLace-weaver SpiderAmaurobius similis06/05/2010
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesAmauromyza labiatarum15/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAmblyteles armatorius22/06/2009
    MothsCopper UnderwingAmphipyra pyramidea29/04/2011
    MothsPoplar SoberAnacampsis populella12/08/2009
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines03/05/2014
    BugsCommon Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum26/04/2012
    MothsNettle-tapAnthophila fabriciana09/07/2012
    SawfliesBramble SawflyArge cyanocrocea22/05/2009
    MothsBlackthorn ArgentArgyresthia spinosella10/06/2014
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus05/04/2010
    SawfliesTurnip SawflyAthalia rosae14/07/2012
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesAulagromyza tremulae29/08/2018
    FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae14/11/2008
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesAzelia nebulosa27/11/2009
    HoverfliesBaccha elongata21/05/2009
    BeetlesBembidion quadrimaculatum28/03/2014
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesCommon Orange LegionnaireBeris vallata17/06/2009