Ivanhoe Trail, Ratby

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Getting There

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

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 110

    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.

    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
    Physcia aipolia06/02/2020David Nicholls
    Smooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula06/02/2020David Nicholls
    RabbitOryctolagus cuniculus06/02/2020David Nicholls
    Lesser CelandineFicaria verna06/02/2020David Nicholls
    Marmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus06/02/2020David Nicholls
    Garden SnailCornu aspersum06/02/2020David Nicholls
    Brown Soil SlugArion distinctus06/02/2020David Nicholls
    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