Kelham Bridge

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 215


    This reserve covers 8.1 ha and is owned by the Wildlife Trust. The land was once an area used for the disposal of sewage waste and it has also been affected by land drainage, mining subsidence and river straightening in the past. Restoration of the site was completed in 2002. Whitethroat, reed and sedge warbler are all present in good numbers and grasshopper warblers sing in most years. Grey partridge, little ringed plover, snipe, little owl and kingfisher can often be seen, while 16 species of dragonfly and 19 species of butterfly have been recorded, as have harvest mouse, water shrew and otter. Raptors are a speciality of Kelham Bridge and marsh, hen and montague's harrier, osprey, redfooted falcon, merlin, peregrine and buzzard have all been seen. The bird list for the reserve currently stands at over 100 species.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Barn OwlTyto alba10/11/2018irturner
    Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis09/10/2018Steve Harris
    Mute SwanCygnus olor09/10/2018Steve Harris
    Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea09/10/2018Steve Harris
    Grey HeronArdea cinerea09/10/2018Steve Harris
    GarganeyAnas querquedula15/09/2018irturner
    Water RailRallus aquaticus15/09/2018irturner
    Green SandpiperTringa ochropus15/09/2018irturner
    SnipeGallinago gallinago15/09/2018irturner
    Blue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans01/09/2018AJ Cann
    CommaPolygonia c-album01/09/2018AJ Cann
    Common Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum01/09/2018AJ Cann
    Common Hemp-nettleGaleopsis tetrahit01/09/2018AJ Cann
    Conomelus anceps01/09/2018AJ Cann
    Dicyrtomina minuta01/09/2018AJ Cann
    Managed By
    Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    MothsAsh-bark Knot-hornEuzophera pinguis21/08/2015
    BirdsBarn OwlTyto alba10/11/2018
    MothsBarred Fruit-tree TortrixPandemis cerasana21/08/2015
    MothsBarred MarbleCelypha striana21/08/2015
    MothsBirch MarbleApotomis betuletana21/08/2015
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara07/07/2018
    BirdsBlack-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus21/12/2017
    MothsBlack-spot Flat-bodyAgonopterix propinquella21/08/2015
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlack-tailed SkimmerOrthetrum cancellatum14/07/2018
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula20/04/2017
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla06/07/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans01/09/2018
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus15/05/2016
    MothsBroad-bordered Yellow UnderwingNoctua fimbriata21/08/2015
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius20/04/2017
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis16/06/2018
    MothsBrown-spot Flat-bodyAgonopterix alstromeriana21/08/2015
    MothsBrown-veined WainscotArchanara dissoluta21/08/2015
    ButterfliesBrown ArgusAricia agestis03/06/2017
    MothsBuff-tipped MarbleHedya ochroleucana21/08/2015
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula25/06/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia09/09/2017
    MothsBulrush CosmetLimnaecia phragmitella21/08/2015
    MothsBulrush VeneerCalamotropha paludella21/08/2015
    MothsBulrush WainscotNonagria typhae21/08/2015
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo21/12/2017
    BeetlesCabbage-stem Flea BeetlePsylliodes chrysocephala09/09/2017
    BirdsCanada GooseBranta canadensis20/04/2017
    MothsCanary-shouldered ThornEnnomos alniaria21/08/2015
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone20/04/2017