Highway Spinney, Leicester
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.
Total species seen at this site: 29
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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Rose-ringed Parakeet||Psittacula krameri||19/12/2018||G D McPhail|
|Grey Squirrel||Sciurus carolinensis||19/12/2018||G D McPhail|
|Wood Pigeon||Columba palumbus||19/12/2018||G D McPhail|
|Robin||Erithacus rubecula||19/12/2018||G D McPhail|
|Song Thrush||Turdus philomelos||04/07/2017||G D McPhail|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker||Dendrocopos major||15/04/2017||Rita Yeomans|
|Goldcrest||Regulus regulus||15/04/2017||Rita Yeomans|
|Blue Tit||Cyanistes caeruleus||15/04/2017||Rita Yeomans|
|Robin||Erithacus rubecula||15/04/2017||Rita Yeomans|
|Wood Pigeon||Columba palumbus||15/04/2017||Rita Yeomans|
|Chiffchaff||Phylloscopus collybita||15/04/2017||Rita Yeomans|
|Song Thrush||Turdus philomelos||15/04/2017||Rita Yeomans|
|Nuthatch||Sitta europaea||15/04/2017||Rita Yeomans|
|Great Tit||Parus major||15/04/2017||Rita Yeomans|
|Wren||Troglodytes troglodytes||15/04/2017||Rita Yeomans|
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.