Highway Spinney, Leicester

    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
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon29/04/2019
    MothsFlame CarpetXanthorhoe designata28/04/2019
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica29/04/2019
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos04/07/2017
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula28/04/2019
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes15/04/2017
    SpidersTenuiphantes tenuis06/05/2019
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.28/04/2019
    MothsRuddy StreakTachystola acroxantha28/04/2019
    HoverfliesSyrphus ribesii05/05/2011
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media06/05/2019
    WildflowersGreater StitchwortStellaria holostea29/04/2019
    BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea15/04/2017
    WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica28/04/2019
    SpidersSelimus vittatus06/05/2019
    MammalsGrey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis19/12/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.29/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina29/04/2019
    WildflowersJapanese KnotweedReynoutria japonica29/04/2019
    BirdsGoldcrestRegulus regulus15/04/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur29/04/2019
    BirdsRose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameri19/12/2018
    MothsCopper-tipped ErmelPseudoswammerdamia combinella28/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild CherryPrunus avium29/04/2019
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata06/05/2019
    WildflowersPrimrosePrimula vulgaris29/04/2019
    WildflowersCowslipPrimula veris29/04/2019
    SpidersPlatnickina tincta06/05/2019
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis15/04/2017
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesHolly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis06/05/2019