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
    BugsHarpocera thoracica06/05/2019
    BugsLiocoris tripustulatus05/05/2011
    HoverfliesSyrphus ribesii05/05/2011
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria campestricola06/05/2019
    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
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes15/04/2017
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus15/04/2017
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum05/05/2011
    WildflowersWood AnemoneAnemone nemorosa06/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild CherryPrunus avium29/04/2019
    MothsWaved UmberMenophra abruptaria28/04/2019
    FungiVariable OysterlingCrepidotus variabilis01/11/2005
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum06/05/2019
    MothsThe StreamerAnticlea derivata28/04/2019
    MothsThe NutmegAnarta trifolii28/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus28/04/2019
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria28/04/2019
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos15/04/2017
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae28/04/2019
    MothsShuttle-shaped DartAgrotis puta28/04/2019
    MothsRuddy StreakTachystola acroxantha28/04/2019
    SawfliesRose SawflyArge ochropus05/05/2011