Highway Spinney, Leicester

    Wildlife Highlights

    There is a good range of mature trees, including oak, ash and wild cherry. a few ancient woodland wildflowers can be found, including Wood Anenome and Wood Sorrel. A number of fungi can be found in the Autumn.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 29


    Highway Spinney is a semi-natural woodland and was designated a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) 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 Groundwork Leicester and Leicestershire.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameri19/12/2018G D McPhail
    Grey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis19/12/2018G D McPhail
    Wood PigeonColumba palumbus19/12/2018G D McPhail
    RobinErithacus rubecula19/12/2018G D McPhail
    Song ThrushTurdus philomelos04/07/2017G D McPhail
    Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major15/04/2017Rita Yeomans
    GoldcrestRegulus regulus15/04/2017Rita Yeomans
    Blue TitCyanistes caeruleus15/04/2017Rita Yeomans
    RobinErithacus rubecula15/04/2017Rita Yeomans
    Wood PigeonColumba palumbus15/04/2017Rita Yeomans
    ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita15/04/2017Rita Yeomans
    Song ThrushTurdus philomelos15/04/2017Rita Yeomans
    NuthatchSitta europaea15/04/2017Rita Yeomans
    Great TitParus major15/04/2017Rita Yeomans
    WrenTroglodytes troglodytes15/04/2017Rita Yeomans
    Further Information
    Getting There

    There are several entrances, the one shown above is on the corner of Braunstone Crossroads, adjacent to Hinckley Road.