Kelham Bridge

    Managed By
    Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust
    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

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    MothsThe MagpieAbraxas grossulariata21/08/2015
    MothsThe SpectacleAbrostola tripartita21/08/2015
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus26/10/2016
    MothsWater VeneerAcentria ephemerella21/08/2015
    MothsGarden Rose TortrixAcleris variegana21/08/2015
    MothsGrey Knot-hornAcrobasis advenella21/08/2015
    BirdsSedge WarblerAcrocephalus schoenobaenus06/07/2016
    BirdsReed WarblerAcrocephalus scirpaceus25/06/2016
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus20/04/2017
    BeetlesGolden-bloomed Grey LonghornAgapanthia villosoviridescens27/05/2017
    MothsCommon Yellow ConchAgapeta hamana21/08/2015
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae26/05/2018
    MothsBrown-spot Flat-bodyAgonopterix alstromeriana21/08/2015
    MothsBlack-spot Flat-bodyAgonopterix propinquella21/08/2015
    MothsElbow-stripe Grass-veneerAgriphila geniculea21/08/2015
    MothsStraw Grass-veneerAgriphila straminella21/08/2015
    MothsCommon Grass-veneerAgriphila tristella21/08/2015
    MothsShuttle-shaped DartAgrotis puta21/08/2015
    BirdsKingfisherAlcedo atthis07/07/2018
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata20/04/2017
    MothsMouse MothAmphipyra tragopoginis21/08/2015
    MothsSmall MagpieAnania hortulata26/05/2018
    BirdsTealAnas crecca21/12/2017
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos21/12/2017
    BirdsGarganeyAnas querquedula15/09/2018
    BirdsGadwallAnas strepera18/04/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesEmperor DragonflyAnax imperator14/07/2018
    MothsCommon RollerAncylis badiana21/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria03/06/2017
    BeetlesAnthocomus rufus09/09/2017