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


    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
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusNostoc commune28/03/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa24/05/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera09/07/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum19/06/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris28/02/2014
    BeetlesCantharis nigra19/06/2014
    BeetlesCantharis rustica24/05/2014
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis24/05/2014
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva19/06/2014
    BeetlesRutpela maculata19/06/2014
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo15/03/2016
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula14/01/2018
    BirdsPied WagtailMotacilla alba14/01/2018
    BirdsGrey WagtailMotacilla cinerea29/03/2016
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita29/03/2016
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula15/03/2016
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes23/03/2016
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos01/02/2017
    BugsCommon Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum09/07/2011
    BugsCalocoris stysi19/06/2014
    BugsNettle GroundbugHeterogaster urticae19/06/2014
    BugsLeptopterna dolabrata19/06/2014
    BugsLiocoris tripustulatus09/07/2011
    BugsCommon Green CapsidLygocoris pabulinus19/06/2014
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines20/04/2016
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus09/07/2011
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina05/06/2014
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus19/06/2014
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi09/07/2011
    CranefliesTipula fascipennis24/05/2014