Highway Spinney, Leicester

Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

Getting There

The site is open access and can be gained off Braunstone Lane at the corner of Braunstone crossroads or to the south off Wyatts Close and to the east near to Meadwell Road.  Parking is limited in the immediate area, but Meynell’s Gorse Park & Ride is located north of Braunstone crossroads and is easily accessible.

Further Information
Wild places

Total species seen at this site:

Description

Highway Spinney is a semi-natural broad leaved woodland and was designated a Local Wildlife Site in 1999. It lies at the edge of Leicester and is separated from its sister woodland, Meynell's Gorse, by Hinckley Road. Conservation work is undertaken by the Friends of Highway Spinney, supported by the council’s Leicester Environmental Volunteers.  Previously support was provided to the Group by Groundwork Leicester and Leicestershire and The Conservation Volunteers.

Wildlife Highlights

There is a good range of mature trees, including oak, ash and wild cherry which contain woodpecker and rotten holes that support birds, insects and fungi,   The structure of the wood is well developed and continues to support a range of ground flora including a few ancient woodland wildflowers such as Wood Anenome and Wood Sorrel. A number of fungi can be found in the Autumn.

The Friends Group hold a regular Bird Watching event in spring and Fungi forage in autumn which has built up a reasonable amount of data over time.


Group Common name Latin name Last seen
Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum06/05/2019
Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis28/09/2021
Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum28/09/2021
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata29/04/2019
Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata06/05/2019
BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus15/04/2017
BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus15/04/2017
BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major15/04/2017
BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula15/04/2017
BirdsGreat TitParus major15/04/2017
BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita15/04/2017
BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis15/04/2017
BirdsRose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameri19/12/2018
BirdsGoldcrestRegulus regulus15/04/2017
BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea15/04/2017
BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes15/04/2017
BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula28/04/2019
BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos15/04/2017
BugsHawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale06/05/2019
BugsCommon Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum06/05/2019
BugsHarpocera thoracica06/05/2019
BugsLiocoris tripustulatus05/05/2011
ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae28/04/2019
ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines28/04/2019
ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria28/04/2019
FliesBee FlyBombylius major06/04/2019
FliesHolly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis28/04/2019
FungiHoney FungusArmillaria mellea04/11/2020
FungiPurple JellydiscAscocoryne sarcoides04/11/2020
FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae01/11/2005
FungiCommon FunnelClitocybe gibba01/11/2005
FungiClouded FunnelClitocybe nebularis01/11/2005
FungiShaggy Ink CapCoprinus comatus04/11/2020
FungiVariable OysterlingCrepidotus variabilis04/11/2020
FungiKing Alfred's CakesDaldinia concentrica05/05/2011
FungiOak MildewErysiphe alphitoides04/11/2020
FungiCrystal Brain FungusExidia nucleata04/11/2020
FungiHazel WoodwartHypoxylon fuscum04/11/2020
FungiShaggy BracketInonotus hispidus04/11/2020
FungiField BlewitLepista saeva23/09/2011
FungiDeer Shield FungusPluteus cervinus04/11/2020
FungiSycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum04/11/2020
FungiHairy Curtain CrustStereum hirsutum04/11/2020
FungiTurkeytailTrametes versicolor04/11/2020
FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon04/11/2020
HoverfliesSyrphus ribesii05/05/2011
MammalsGrey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis19/12/2018
Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsRed Pustule GallAceria aceriscampestris06/05/2019
Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria campestricola06/05/2019
MothsShuttle-shaped DartAgrotis puta28/04/2019
MothsThe NutmegAnarta trifolii28/04/2019
MothsThe StreamerAnticlea derivata28/04/2019
MothsBordered CarlCoptotriche marginea29/04/2019
MothsLight Brown Apple MothEpiphyas postvittana28/04/2019
MothsCommon PugEupithecia vulgata28/04/2019
MothsDouble-striped PugGymnoscelis rufifasciata28/04/2019
MothsWaved UmberMenophra abruptaria28/04/2019
MothsBrimstone MothOpisthograptis luteolata28/04/2019
MothsCopper-tipped ErmelPseudoswammerdamia combinella28/04/2019
MothsRuddy StreakTachystola acroxantha28/04/2019
MothsFlame CarpetXanthorhoe designata28/04/2019
Slugs & SnailsGarden SnailCornu aspersum28/04/2019
SpidersCucumber Green Orb SpiderAraniella cucurbitina sensu lato06/05/2019
SpidersClubiona comta06/05/2019
SpidersNeriene peltata06/05/2019
SpidersPhilodromus dispar06/05/2019
SpidersPlatnickina tincta06/05/2019
SpidersSelimus vittatus06/05/2019
SpidersTenuiphantes tenuis06/05/2019
Springtails & BristletailsEntomobrya albocincta06/05/2019
Springtails & BristletailsEntomobrya nicoleti06/05/2019
Springtails & BristletailsEntomobrya nivalis06/05/2019
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre28/04/2019
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus29/04/2019
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDogwoodCornus sanguinea29/04/2019
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHazelCorylus avellana29/04/2019
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna28/04/2019
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior29/04/2019
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix28/04/2019
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium28/04/2019
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild CherryPrunus avium29/04/2019
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur29/04/2019
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina29/04/2019
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.29/04/2019
WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata06/05/2019
WildflowersWood AnemoneAnemone nemorosa29/04/2019
WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris29/04/2019
WildflowersLords-and-LadiesArum maculatum29/04/2019
WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis28/04/2019
WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis29/04/2019
WildflowersBlack BryonyDioscorea communis06/05/2019
WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna29/04/2019
WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine29/04/2019
WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum28/04/2019
WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum29/04/2019
WildflowersGround-ivyGlechoma hederacea29/04/2019
WildflowersBluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta05/05/2011
WildflowersHybrid BluebellHyacinthoides x massartiana06/05/2019
WildflowersDog's MercuryMercurialis perennis05/05/2011
WildflowersCowslipPrimula veris29/04/2019
WildflowersPrimrosePrimula vulgaris29/04/2019
WildflowersJapanese KnotweedReynoutria japonica29/04/2019
WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica06/05/2019
WildflowersGreater StitchwortStellaria holostea28/04/2019
WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media06/05/2019
WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.29/04/2019
WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica29/04/2019