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.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 103

    Description

    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
    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
    Ragged-RobinSilene flos-cuculi06/06/2016David Nicholls
    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.


    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMarsh FoxtailAlopecurus geniculatus05/06/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsCreeping Feather-mossAmblystegium serpens28/03/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa24/05/2014
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines20/04/2016
    BugsCommon Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum09/07/2011
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus09/07/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera09/07/2011
    SawfliesBramble SawflyArge cyanocrocea05/06/2014
    Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.24/05/2014
    WildflowersMugwortArtemisia vulgaris09/07/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum19/06/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris28/02/2014
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo15/03/2016
    BugsCalocoris stysi19/06/2014
    BeetlesCantharis nigra19/06/2014
    BeetlesCantharis rustica24/05/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHairy SedgeCarex hirta19/06/2014
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra09/07/2011
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis28/02/2014
    HoverfliesCheilosia illustrata19/06/2014
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBroad CenturianChloromyia formosa05/06/2014
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesChrysopilus cristatus05/06/2014
    MammalsBank VoleClethrionomys glareolus10/07/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella24/05/2014
    MothsHook-streak Grass-veneerCrambus lathoniellus24/05/2014
    Slugs & SnailsChestnut SlugDeroceras invadens28/02/2014
    Slugs & SnailsDiscus SnailDiscus rotundatus28/02/2014
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesEmpis stercorea24/05/2014
    Ferns & HorsetailsField HorsetailEquisetum arvense26/04/2015
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesEriophyes laevis05/06/2014