Ivanhoe Trail, Ratby

    Getting There

    In Ratby, the start is next to the Railway Pub, though the first stretch of line is then brokem by a road that cuts across.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 104


    This stretch of disused railway line runs between Ratby and Glenfield. Though the original line is broken by an industrial estate a connecting path joins up the two parts. For most of its length it runs parallel with the Rothley Brook and the section that flows under the motorway is included in this site. Much of it is shaded by overhanging trees but in places there is a grassy flora and the bordering field margins add further interest.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The shady areas and rough borders provide habitat for a range of wildflowers and invertebrates. Greater Burnet Saxifrage grows near the motorway bridge as does a patch of Reeds. Common Valerian grows along the track where it borders the grazing fields. The brook adds further interest and supports a number of specialist water plants such as Water Speedwell, Water Crowfoot and Water Starwort. Banded Agrions flit along the brook in the summer months.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Box BugGonocerus acuteangulatus25/05/2019David Nicholls
    Eriophyes similis17/09/2018David Nicholls
    Pied WagtailMotacilla alba14/01/2018G D McPhail
    RobinErithacus rubecula14/01/2018G D McPhail
    Song ThrushTurdus philomelos14/01/2018G D McPhail
    Bank VoleClethrionomys glareolus10/07/2017David Nicholls
    Large-flowered Evening-primroseOenothera glazioviana10/07/2017David Nicholls
    Rose campionSilene coronaria20/06/2017David Nicholls
    Perforate St John's-wortHypericum perforatum20/06/2017David Nicholls
    Hard RushJuncus inflexus20/06/2017David Nicholls
    Ragged-RobinSilene flos-cuculi24/05/2017David Nicholls
    Soft-rushJuncus effusus24/05/2017David Nicholls
    Common ReedPhragmites australis24/05/2017David Nicholls
    Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea24/05/2017David Nicholls
    Song ThrushTurdus philomelos01/02/2017David Nicholls

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesAlder FlySialis lutaria24/05/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsAnomalous Bristle-mossOrthotrichum anomalum14/01/2012
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella24/05/2014
    MammalsBank VoleClethrionomys glareolus10/07/2017
    BugsBox BugGonocerus acuteangulatus25/05/2019
    SawfliesBramble SawflyArge cyanocrocea05/06/2014
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius24/05/2014
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBroad CenturianChloromyia formosa05/06/2014
    WildflowersBrooklimeVeronica beccabunga09/07/2011
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis28/02/2014
    Slugs & SnailsBudapest SlugTandonia budapestensis28/02/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris28/02/2014
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula23/03/2016
    MothsBurnet CompanionEuclidia glyphica05/06/2014
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo15/03/2016
    Slugs & SnailsChestnut SlugDeroceras invadens28/02/2014
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita29/03/2016
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesCleg FlyHaematopota pluvialis05/06/2014
    MothsCocksfoot MothGlyphipterix simpliciella24/05/2014
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus09/07/2011
    HoverfliesCommon Drone FlyEristalis tenax24/05/2014
    BugsCommon Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum09/07/2011
    BugsCommon Green CapsidLygocoris pabulinus19/06/2014
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra09/07/2011
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva19/06/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon ReedPhragmites australis24/05/2017
    WildflowersCommon ValerianValeriana officinalis09/07/2011
    WildflowersCreeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans09/07/2011
    Mosses & LiverwortsCreeping Feather-mossAmblystegium serpens28/03/2016
    Slugs & SnailsDiscus SnailDiscus rotundatus28/02/2014