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.
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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Chimney Sweeper||Odezia atrata||10/06/2018||Graham Fisher|
|Wood Speedwell||Veronica montana||22/05/2018||Ken Charity|
|Red Campion||Silene dioica||22/05/2018||Ken Charity|
|Ground-ivy||Glechoma hederacea||22/05/2018||Ken Charity|
|Bush Vetch||Vicia sepium||22/05/2018||Ken Charity|
|Male-fern||Dryopteris filix-mas||22/05/2018||Ken Charity|
|Small Yellow Underwing||Panemeria tenebrata||17/05/2018||Barbara Cooper|
|Bitter-vetch||Lathyrus linifolius||17/05/2018||Barbara Cooper|
|Calocoris alpestris||17/05/2018||Barbara Cooper|
|Bush Vetch||Vicia sepium||17/05/2018||Barbara Cooper|
|Lords-and-Ladies||Arum maculatum||13/03/2018||Ken Charity|
|Dog's Mercury||Mercurialis perennis||13/03/2018||Ken Charity|
|Turkeytail||Trametes versicolor||13/03/2018||Ken Charity|
|Betony||Stachys officinalis||08/10/2017||AJ Cann|
|Devil's-bit Scabious||Succisa pratensis||08/10/2017||AJ Cann|
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.