Lea Meadows

    Wildlife Highlights

    The meadows contain a wide range of interesting plants, including Betony, Harebell and Devil's Bit Scabious in profusion.  Common and Heath Spotted-Orchids bloom in June. The plants support many invertebrates, including Chimney Sweeper moths and the colourful hopper - Cicadellis viridis. White-clawed Crayfish and Brook Lampreys have been found in the stream.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 332


    This 12 hectare site is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a nature reserve owned by the Wild Trust. Lea Meadows has a history that can be traced back seven centuries and was once part of a mediaeval assart (private land taken from common land). The other part of the assart is the adjacent Lea Wood and together they form an intriguing oval shape on the map. It is mainly an undulating wildflower meadow with some marshy areas and is bisected by a stream.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Chimney SweeperOdezia atrata10/06/2018Graham Fisher
    Wood SpeedwellVeronica montana22/05/2018Ken Charity
    Red CampionSilene dioica22/05/2018Ken Charity
    Ground-ivyGlechoma hederacea22/05/2018Ken Charity
    Bush VetchVicia sepium22/05/2018Ken Charity
    Male-fernDryopteris filix-mas22/05/2018Ken Charity
    Small Yellow UnderwingPanemeria tenebrata17/05/2018Barbara Cooper
    Bitter-vetchLathyrus linifolius17/05/2018Barbara Cooper
    Calocoris alpestris17/05/2018Barbara Cooper
    Bush VetchVicia sepium17/05/2018Barbara Cooper
    Lords-and-LadiesArum maculatum13/03/2018Ken Charity
    Dog's MercuryMercurialis perennis13/03/2018Ken Charity
    TurkeytailTrametes versicolor13/03/2018Ken Charity
    BetonyStachys officinalis08/10/2017AJ Cann
    Devil's-bit ScabiousSuccisa pratensis08/10/2017AJ Cann
    Getting There

    From Leicester drive through Newtown Linford and turn left at the fork onto Ulverscroft Lane. The reserve entrance is down a green lane about 200m before Polly Botts Lane.

    Managed By
    Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria17/04/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera22/07/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius20/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum08/09/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris20/04/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Pea Gall WaspDiplolepis eglanteriae/nervosa16/10/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum08/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro08/09/2013
    BeetlesAbax parallelepipedus07/07/2011
    BeetlesMarsh Click BeetleActenicerus sjaelandicus22/05/2015
    BeetlesAltica lythri22/05/2015
    BeetlesAphodius fimetarius16/10/2011
    BeetlesAphodius prodromus16/10/2011
    BeetlesAphodius sphacelatus16/10/2011
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis01/06/2017
    BeetlesHairy Spider WeevilBarypeithes pellucidus22/05/2015
    BeetlesBembidion dentellum01/06/2017
    BeetlesCantharis rustica17/06/2015
    BeetlesThistle Tortoise BeetleCassida rubiginosa01/06/2017
    BeetlesCercyon haemorrhoidalis16/10/2011
    BeetlesChrysolina polita29/06/2012
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata20/04/2016
    BeetlesCtenicera cuprea17/06/2015
    BeetlesCtenicera pectinicornis22/05/2015
    BeetlesCytilus sericeus06/06/2016
    BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula22/05/2015
    BeetlesGrammoptera ruficornis29/06/2012
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis01/06/2017
    BeetlesHelophorus brevipalpis01/06/2017
    BeetlesHydrothassa marginella01/06/2017