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: 331


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

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 pascuorum04/07/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris21/07/2013
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 rustica01/06/2017
BeetlesThistle Tortoise BeetleCassida rubiginosa01/06/2017
BeetlesCercyon haemorrhoidalis16/10/2011
BeetlesChrysolina polita29/06/2012
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata20/04/2016
BeetlesCtenicera cuprea05/06/2016
BeetlesCtenicera pectinicornis22/05/2015
BeetlesAcorn WeevilCurculio glandium09/05/2017
BeetlesCytilus sericeus06/06/2016
BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula22/05/2015
BeetlesGrammoptera ruficornis29/06/2012
BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis01/06/2017
BeetlesHelophorus brevipalpis01/06/2017