Nature Alive, Coalville
Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary
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.
Total species seen at this site: 163
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||02/08/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Colt's-foot||Tussilago farfara||02/08/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Common Knapweed||Centaurea nigra||02/08/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Fox-and-cubs||Pilosella aurantiaca||02/08/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Gypsywort||Lycopus europaeus||02/08/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Marsh-marigold||Caltha palustris||02/08/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Grey Heron||Ardea cinerea||02/08/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Yellow-rattle||Rhinanthus minor||02/08/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Peacock||Aglais io||02/08/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Creeping Thistle||Cirsium arvense||02/08/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Purple-loosestrife||Lythrum salicaria||02/08/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Common Centaury||Centaurium erythraea||02/08/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Fairy Flax||Linum catharticum||02/08/2020||Melinda Bell|
|False Fox-sedge||Carex otrubae||02/08/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Ling||Calluna vulgaris||02/08/2020||Melinda Bell|