Nature Alive, Coalville

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    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


    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris18/09/2017
    Barklice & BookliceStenopsocus stigmaticus18/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsChrysis ignita12/07/2012
    BeetlesWater LadybirdAnisosticta novemdecimpunctata12/07/2012
    BeetlesAnthocomus rufus12/07/2012
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata02/09/2010
    BeetlesGrammoptera ruficornis12/07/2012
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis27/05/2018
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis27/05/2018
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata02/09/2010
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva10/07/2019
    BirdsKingfisherAlcedo atthis27/08/2017
    BirdsShovellerAnas clypeata18/09/2017
    BirdsWigeonAnas penelope18/09/2017
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos14/04/2018
    BirdsTufted DuckAythya fuligula14/04/2018
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major18/09/2017
    BirdsReed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclus14/04/2018
    BirdsCootFulica atra18/09/2017
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus02/09/2010
    BirdsPied WagtailMotacilla alba14/04/2018
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita08/07/2017
    BirdsGreat Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus18/09/2017
    BirdsCommon TernSterna hirundo21/07/2018
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla14/04/2018
    BirdsLittle GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis14/04/2018
    BugsHawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale18/09/2017
    BugsLucerne BugAdelphocoris lineolatus07/08/2014
    BugsBulrush BugChilacis typhae07/08/2014
    BugsGreen Leaf-hopperCicadella viridis08/07/2017
    BugsEupteryx signatipennis12/07/2012
    BugsCommon PondskaterGerris lacustris18/09/2017
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina18/09/2017
    BugsCommon FroghopperPhilaenus spumarius07/08/2014
    BugsTingis ampliata12/07/2012
    BugsSpear Thistle LacebugTingis cardui12/07/2012
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io14/04/2018
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus08/07/2017
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni13/08/2017
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria02/09/2010
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi27/05/2018
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album08/07/2017
    ButterfliesCommon Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus27/05/2018
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus08/07/2017
    ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris08/07/2017
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura auritae18/09/2017
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura fraxini12/07/2012
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTiger CraneflyNephrotoma flavescens12/07/2012
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula paludosa18/09/2017
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesWachtliella persicariae18/09/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea02/09/2010
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis07/08/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon HawkerAeshna juncea11/09/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesMigrant HawkerAeshna mixta27/08/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesEmperor DragonflyAnax imperator27/08/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella07/08/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum08/07/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans08/07/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesEmerald DamselflyLestes sponsa02/09/2010
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBroad-bodied ChaserLibellula depressa27/05/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlack-tailed SkimmerOrthetrum cancellatum08/07/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesLarge Red DamselflyPyrrhosoma nymphula27/05/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesRuddy DarterSympetrum sanguineum13/08/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum13/08/2017
    Ferns & HorsetailsMale-fernDryopteris filix-mas18/09/2017
    FliesNoon FlyMesembrina meridiana08/10/2017
    FliesPoecilobothrus nobilitatus12/07/2012
    FliesSarcophaga sp.02/09/2010
    FliesTachina fera02/09/2010
    FungiCommon FunnelClitocybe gibba18/09/2017
    FungiBearded MilkcapLactarius pubescens02/09/2010
    FungiWood BlewitLepista nuda08/10/2017
    FungiTaphrina tosquinetii12/07/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Spike-rushEleocharis palustris12/07/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHard RushJuncus inflexus18/09/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Club-rushSchoenoplectus lacustris12/07/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia18/09/2017
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Field GrasshopperChorthippus brunneus02/09/2010
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon GroundhopperTetrix undulata02/09/2010
    harvestmen (Opiliones)Mitopus morio02/09/2010
    HoverfliesChrysotoxum bicinctum12/07/2012
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus14/04/2018
    HoverfliesEristalis intricarius12/07/2012
    HoverfliesCommon Drone FlyEristalis tenax13/08/2017
    HoverfliesChequered HoverflyMelanostoma scalare10/09/2004
    HoverfliesLong HoverflySphaerophoria scripta02/09/2010
    HoverfliesThick-legged HoverflySyritta pipiens02/09/2010
    LichensCladonia coniocraea18/09/2017
    MammalsRabbitOryctolagus cuniculus22/04/2018
    MammalsMoleTalpa europaea11/09/2016
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsEriophyes pyri12/07/2012
    MothsTriangle-marked RollerAncylis achatana12/07/2012
    MothsGarden Grass-veneerChrysoteuchia culmella12/07/2012
    MothsInlaid Grass-veneerCrambus pascuella12/07/2012
    MothsGarden Lance-wingEpermenia chaerophyllella07/08/2014
    MothsNut Bud MothEpinotia tenerana02/09/2010
    MothsPale Lettuce BellEucosma conterminana12/07/2012
    MothsCommon Purple & GoldPyrausta purpuralis02/09/2010
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae12/07/2012
    Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.18/09/2017
    Slugs & SnailsKentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana12/07/2012
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris18/09/2017
    Slugs & SnailsHairy SnailTrochulus hispidus18/09/2017
    SpidersGarden SpiderAraneus diadematus10/09/2004
    SpidersMetellina segmentata18/09/2017
    SpidersSalticus scenicus18/09/2017
    SpidersTetragnatha extensa12/07/2012
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDogwoodCornus sanguinea07/08/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRed-osier DogwoodCornus sericea08/10/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina27/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus18/09/2017
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium10/07/2019
    WildflowersWood AnemoneAnemone nemorosa10/07/2019
    WildflowersCommon BistortBistorta officinalis27/05/2018
    WildflowersMarsh-marigoldCaltha palustris10/03/2019
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra10/07/2019
    WildflowersCommon CentauryCentaurium erythraea12/07/2012
    WildflowersRosebay WillowherbChamerion angustifolium18/09/2017
    WildflowersMarsh ThistleCirsium palustre10/07/2019
    WildflowersBlack BryonyDioscorea communis10/07/2019
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum10/07/2019
    WildflowersHoary WillowherbEpilobium parviflorum07/08/2014
    WildflowersSquare-stalked WillowherbEpilobium tetragonum07/08/2014
    WildflowersWinter AconiteEranthis hyemalis10/03/2019
    WildflowersBlue FleabaneErigeron acer07/08/2014
    WildflowersWild StrawberryFragaria vesca10/07/2019
    WildflowersLady's BedstrawGalium verum07/08/2014
    WildflowersMeadow Crane's-billGeranium pratense10/07/2019
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum27/05/2018
    WildflowersPerforate St John's-wortHypericum perforatum10/07/2019
    WildflowersSlender St John's-wortHypericum pulchrum12/07/2012
    WildflowersYellow IrisIris pseudacorus27/05/2018
    WildflowersNipplewortLapsana communis10/07/2019
    WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare10/07/2019
    WildflowersCommon ToadflaxLinaria vulgaris18/09/2017
    WildflowersFairy FlaxLinum catharticum10/07/2019
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus27/05/2018
    WildflowersScarlet PimpernelLysimachia arvensis10/07/2019
    WildflowersPurple-loosestrifeLythrum salicaria21/07/2018
    WildflowersRed BartsiaOdontites vernus02/09/2010
    WildflowersAmphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia18/09/2017
    WildflowersFox-and-cubsPilosella aurantiaca10/07/2019
    WildflowersMouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum10/07/2019
    WildflowersCowslipPrimula veris14/04/2018
    WildflowersPrimrosePrimula vulgaris14/04/2018
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris10/07/2019
    WildflowersCelery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus27/05/2018
    WildflowersRagged-RobinSilene flos-cuculi27/05/2018
    WildflowersBranched Bur-reedSparganium erectum12/07/2012
    WildflowersBetonyStachys officinalis10/07/2019
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica10/07/2019
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara14/04/2018
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica10/07/2019
    WildflowersTufted VetchVicia cracca10/07/2019
    WildflowersCommon Dog-violetViola riviniana22/04/2018