Highway Spinney, Leicester

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    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.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 95


    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.

    Further Information

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata06/05/2019
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata29/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior29/04/2019
    FliesBee FlyBombylius major06/04/2019
    WildflowersBlack BryonyDioscorea communis06/05/2019
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula28/04/2019
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus15/04/2017
    WildflowersBluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta05/05/2011
    MothsBordered CarlCoptotriche marginea29/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.29/04/2019
    MothsBrimstone MothOpisthograptis luteolata28/04/2019
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon29/04/2019
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita15/04/2017
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine29/04/2019
    FungiClouded FunnelClitocybe nebularis01/11/2005
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media06/05/2019
    BugsCommon Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum06/05/2019
    FungiCommon FunnelClitocybe gibba01/11/2005
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica29/04/2019
    MothsCommon PugEupithecia vulgata28/04/2019
    MothsCopper-tipped ErmelPseudoswammerdamia combinella28/04/2019
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris29/04/2019
    WildflowersCowslipPrimula veris29/04/2019
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis29/04/2019
    SpidersCucumber Green Orb SpiderAraniella cucurbitina sensu lato06/05/2019
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis28/04/2019
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.28/04/2019
    WildflowersDog's MercuryMercurialis perennis29/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina29/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDogwoodCornus sanguinea29/04/2019