Nature Alive, Coalville

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Getting There

    The site is easily reached from the A511 Coalville Bypass, which runs around the north-eastern edge of the town. At the 'McDonalds Roundabout' follow signs towards the town centre and onto Thornborough Road. Turn an almost immediate right between 'Halfords' and 'Aldi'. The entrance path to 'Nature Alive!' is directly in line with the service road on which you are now travelling. Parking will hopefully be found in the adjacent car parks.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 155

    Description

    This small but interesting nature reserve is a former brownfield site and is trapped between the Coalville ringroad and a mineral railway line. It has a number of ponds, scrub and low fertility grassland. The largest pond was created by mining subsidence and now has a boardwalk allowing access to the water's edge.

    Wildlife Highlights

    Excellent for dragonflies and a wide range of insects. Green woodpeckers feed on the short grass and there is a good variety of ducks and water birds on the pond. Water voles may be present.

    Further Information

    Leicestershire & Rutland Dragonfly Group