Nature Alive, Coalville
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. The easiest parking is found in the 'Aldi' car park and there is always space available in the corner nearest to the entrance path.
Total species seen at this site: 155
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.
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.
Leicestershire & Rutland Dragonfly Group
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Betony||Stachys officinalis||10/07/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Black Bryony||Dioscorea communis||10/07/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Bulrush||Typha latifolia||10/07/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Common Centaury||Centaurium erythraea||10/07/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Common Red Soldier Beetle||Rhagonycha fulva||10/07/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Fox-and-cubs||Pilosella aurantiaca||10/07/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Great Willowherb||Epilobium hirsutum||10/07/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Harlequin Ladybird||Harmonia axyridis||10/07/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Hedge Woundwort||Stachys sylvatica||10/07/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Common Knapweed||Centaurea nigra||10/07/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Marsh Thistle||Cirsium palustre||10/07/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Meadow Crane's-bill||Geranium pratense||10/07/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Common Nettle||Urtica dioica||10/07/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Nipplewort||Lapsana communis||10/07/2019||Melinda Bell|
|Oxeye Daisy||Leucanthemum vulgare||10/07/2019||Melinda Bell|