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: 107

    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.

     

    The records and images below may include those from adjacent sites if the grid reference submitted with these records overlaps the boundary of this Wild Place.

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    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Spangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum28/09/2021AnnGleave
    Silk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis28/09/2021AnnGleave
    Candlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon04/11/2020Ben Devine
    TurkeytailTrametes versicolor04/11/2020Ben Devine
    Honey FungusArmillaria mellea04/11/2020Ben Devine
    Variable OysterlingCrepidotus variabilis04/11/2020Ben Devine
    King Alfred's CakesDaldinia concentrica04/11/2020Ben Devine
    Deer Shield FungusPluteus cervinus04/11/2020Ben Devine
    Purple JellydiscAscocoryne sarcoides04/11/2020Ben Devine
    Hairy Curtain CrustStereum hirsutum04/11/2020Ben Devine
    Clouded FunnelClitocybe nebularis04/11/2020Ben Devine
    Crystal Brain FungusExidia nucleata04/11/2020Ben Devine
    Sycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum04/11/2020Ben Devine
    Jelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae04/11/2020Ben Devine
    Hazel WoodwartHypoxylon fuscum04/11/2020Ben Devine
    Shaggy BracketInonotus hispidus04/11/2020Ben Devine
    Oak MildewErysiphe alphitoides04/11/2020Ben Devine
    Shaggy Ink CapCoprinus comatus04/11/2020Ben Devine
    7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata06/05/2019AJ Cann
    14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Aceria campestricola06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Red Pustule GallAceria aceriscampestris06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Black BryonyDioscorea communis06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Common ChickweedStellaria media06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Dog's MercuryMercurialis perennis06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Garlic MustardAlliaria petiolata06/05/2019AJ Cann
    HawthornCrataegus monogyna06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Hawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Herb-RobertGeranium robertianum06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Holly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis06/05/2019AJ Cann
    HollyIlex aquifolium06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Hybrid BluebellHyacinthoides x massartiana06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Red CampionSilene dioica06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Tree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Entomobrya albocincta06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Entomobrya nicoleti06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Entomobrya nivalis06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Common Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Harpocera thoracica06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Selimus vittatus06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Cucumber Green Orb SpiderAraniella cucurbitina sensu lato06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Clubiona comta06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Platnickina tincta06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Philodromus dispar06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Neriene peltata06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Tenuiphantes tenuis06/05/2019AJ Cann
    Bordered CarlCoptotriche marginea29/04/2019Adrian Russell
    Garlic MustardAlliaria petiolata29/04/2019Janice Lock
    CowslipPrimula veris29/04/2019Janice Lock
    Greater StitchwortStellaria holostea29/04/2019Janice Lock

    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 septempunctata06/05/2019
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata06/05/2019
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus15/04/2017
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus15/04/2017
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major15/04/2017
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula28/04/2019
    BirdsGreat TitParus major28/04/2019
    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 merula15/04/2017
    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-judae04/11/2020
    FungiCommon FunnelClitocybe gibba01/11/2005
    FungiClouded FunnelClitocybe nebularis01/11/2005
    FungiShaggy Ink CapCoprinus comatus04/11/2020
    FungiVariable OysterlingCrepidotus variabilis01/11/2005
    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 hypoxylon29/04/2019
    HoverfliesSyrphus ribesii05/05/2011
    MammalsGrey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis15/04/2017
    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 monogyna06/05/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior29/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix28/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium29/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild CherryPrunus avium29/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur28/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina29/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.29/04/2019
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata06/05/2019
    WildflowersWood AnemoneAnemone nemorosa06/04/2019
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris29/04/2019
    WildflowersLords-and-LadiesArum maculatum29/04/2019
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis28/04/2019
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis28/04/2019
    WildflowersBlack BryonyDioscorea communis06/05/2019
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna29/04/2019
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine29/04/2019
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum05/05/2011
    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 dioica29/04/2019
    WildflowersGreater StitchwortStellaria holostea29/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media06/05/2019
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.28/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica29/04/2019