Ivanhoe Trail, Ratby

    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.

    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.

    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
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusNostoc commune28/02/2014
    BeetlesCantharis nigra19/06/2014
    BeetlesCantharis rustica24/05/2014
    BeetlesRutpela maculata19/06/2014
    BugsCalocoris stysi19/06/2014
    BugsLeptopterna dolabrata19/06/2014
    BugsLiocoris tripustulatus09/07/2011
    CranefliesTipula fascipennis19/06/2014
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesChrysopilus cristatus19/06/2014
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesEmpis stercorea24/05/2014
    HoverfliesCheilosia illustrata19/06/2014
    HoverfliesPipizella viduata19/06/2015
    HoverfliesRiponnensia splendens24/05/2014
    LichensMelanelixia subaurifera28/03/2016
    LichensPhyscia adscendens28/02/2014
    LichensPhyscia aipolia14/01/2012
    LichensPhyscia tenella28/02/2014
    LichensXanthoria parietina28/02/2014
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsEriophyes laevis05/06/2014
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsEriophyes similis17/09/2018
    SawfliesTenthredo atra05/06/2014
    SawfliesTenthredo mesomela05/06/2014
    Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.24/05/2014
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes23/03/2016
    WildflowersWeldReseda luteola06/06/2016
    WildflowersWater Forget-me-notMyosotis scorpioides09/07/2011
    WildflowersUpright Hedge-parsleyTorilis japonica09/07/2011
    WildflowersTufted VetchVicia cracca09/07/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum05/06/2014
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis05/06/2014