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: 163

    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

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    BetonyStachys officinalis02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Colt's-footTussilago farfara02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Common KnapweedCentaurea nigra02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Fox-and-cubsPilosella aurantiaca02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    GypsywortLycopus europaeus02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Marsh-marigoldCaltha palustris02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Grey HeronArdea cinerea02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Yellow-rattleRhinanthus minor02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    PeacockAglais io02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Creeping ThistleCirsium arvense02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Purple-loosestrifeLythrum salicaria02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Common CentauryCentaurium erythraea02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    Fairy FlaxLinum catharticum02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    False Fox-sedgeCarex otrubae02/08/2020Melinda Bell
    LingCalluna vulgaris02/08/2020Melinda Bell

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata02/09/2010
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata02/09/2010
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris18/09/2017
    WildflowersAmphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia18/09/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella17/06/2005
    FungiBearded MilkcapLactarius pubescens02/09/2010
    WildflowersBetonyStachys officinalis10/07/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlack-tailed SkimmerOrthetrum cancellatum08/07/2017
    WildflowersBlack BryonyDioscorea communis10/07/2019
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla14/04/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans07/08/2014
    WildflowersBlue FleabaneErigeron acer07/08/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.02/08/2020
    WildflowersBranched Bur-reedSparganium erectum12/07/2012
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni14/04/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBroad-bodied ChaserLibellula depressa17/06/2005
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis07/08/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia10/07/2019
    BugsBulrush BugChilacis typhae07/08/2014
    WildflowersCelery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus27/05/2018
    HoverfliesChequered HoverflyMelanostoma scalare10/09/2004
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita14/04/2018
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae02/09/2010
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara14/04/2018
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album14/04/2018
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus27/05/2018
    WildflowersCommon BistortBistorta officinalis27/05/2018
    ButterfliesCommon Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus27/05/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum03/06/2014
    WildflowersCommon CentauryCentaurium erythraea07/08/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Club-rushSchoenoplectus lacustris12/07/2012
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum02/09/2010
    WildflowersCommon Dog-violetViola riviniana22/04/2018
    HoverfliesCommon Drone FlyEristalis tenax13/08/2017
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Field GrasshopperChorthippus brunneus02/09/2010
    BugsCommon FroghopperPhilaenus spumarius07/08/2014
    FungiCommon FunnelClitocybe gibba18/09/2017
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon GroundhopperTetrix undulata02/09/2010
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon HawkerAeshna juncea11/09/2016
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra10/07/2019
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica10/07/2019
    BugsCommon PondskaterGerris lacustris18/09/2017
    MothsCommon Purple & GoldPyrausta purpuralis02/09/2010
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva12/07/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Spike-rushEleocharis palustris12/07/2012
    BirdsCommon TernSterna hirundo21/07/2018
    WildflowersCommon ToadflaxLinaria vulgaris18/09/2017
    BirdsCootFulica atra12/07/2012
    WildflowersCowslipPrimula veris14/04/2018
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense02/08/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina27/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDogwoodCornus sanguinea07/08/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesEmerald DamselflyLestes sponsa13/08/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesEmperor DragonflyAnax imperator07/08/2014
    WildflowersEnchanter's-nightshadeCircaea lutetiana02/08/2020
    WildflowersFairy FlaxLinum catharticum10/07/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Fox-sedgeCarex otrubae02/08/2020
    WildflowersFox-and-cubsPilosella aurantiaca10/07/2019
    MothsGarden Grass-veneerChrysoteuchia culmella12/07/2012
    MothsGarden Lance-wingEpermenia chaerophyllella07/08/2014
    SpidersGarden SpiderAraneus diadematus18/09/2017
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus07/08/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus14/04/2018
    BirdsGreat Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus18/09/2017
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major18/09/2017
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum02/08/2020
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi27/05/2018
    BugsGreen Leaf-hopperCicadella viridis02/09/2010
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina18/09/2017
    BirdsGrey HeronArdea cinerea02/08/2020
    WildflowersGypsywortLycopus europaeus02/08/2020
    Slugs & SnailsHairy SnailTrochulus hispidus18/09/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHard RushJuncus inflexus18/09/2017
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis18/09/2017
    BugsHawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale18/09/2017
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica10/07/2019
    WildflowersHoary WillowherbEpilobium parviflorum07/08/2014
    MothsInlaid Grass-veneerCrambus pascuella12/07/2012
    Slugs & SnailsKentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana12/07/2012
    BirdsKingfisherAlcedo atthis27/08/2017
    WildflowersLady's BedstrawGalium verum07/08/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesLarge Red DamselflyPyrrhosoma nymphula27/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersLingCalluna vulgaris02/08/2020
    BirdsLittle GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis14/04/2018
    HoverfliesLong HoverflySphaerophoria scripta02/09/2010
    BugsLucerne BugAdelphocoris lineolatus07/08/2014
    Ferns & HorsetailsMale-fernDryopteris filix-mas18/09/2017
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos18/09/2017
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus14/04/2018
    WildflowersMarsh-marigoldCaltha palustris02/08/2020
    WildflowersMarsh ThistleCirsium palustre10/07/2019
    WildflowersMeadow Crane's-billGeranium pratense10/07/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesMigrant HawkerAeshna mixta27/08/2017
    MammalsMoleTalpa europaea11/09/2016
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus18/09/2017
    WildflowersMouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum10/07/2019
    WildflowersNipplewortLapsana communis10/07/2019
    FliesNoon FlyMesembrina meridiana08/10/2017
    MothsNut Bud MothEpinotia tenerana02/09/2010
    WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare10/07/2019
    MothsPale Lettuce BellEucosma conterminana12/07/2012
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io14/04/2018
    WildflowersPerforate St John's-wortHypericum perforatum12/07/2012
    BirdsPied WagtailMotacilla alba14/04/2018
    WildflowersPrimrosePrimula vulgaris14/04/2018
    WildflowersPurple-loosestrifeLythrum salicaria21/07/2018
    MammalsRabbitOryctolagus cuniculus22/04/2018
    WildflowersRagged-RobinSilene flos-cuculi27/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRed-osier DogwoodCornus sericea08/10/2017
    WildflowersRed BartsiaOdontites vernus02/09/2010
    BirdsReed BuntingEmberiza schoeniclus14/04/2018
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus08/07/2017
    WildflowersRosebay WillowherbChamerion angustifolium18/09/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesRuddy DarterSympetrum sanguineum13/08/2017
    WildflowersScarlet PimpernelLysimachia arvensis10/07/2019
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris10/07/2019
    BirdsShovellerAnas clypeata18/09/2017
    WildflowersSlender St John's-wortHypericum pulchrum12/07/2012
    ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris08/07/2017
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris18/09/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea21/07/2018
    BugsSpear Thistle LacebugTingis cardui12/07/2012
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria02/09/2010
    WildflowersSquare-stalked WillowherbEpilobium tetragonum07/08/2014
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis12/07/2012
    HoverfliesThick-legged HoverflySyritta pipiens02/09/2010
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTiger CraneflyNephrotoma flavescens12/07/2012
    MothsTriangle-marked RollerAncylis achatana12/07/2012
    BirdsTufted DuckAythya fuligula14/04/2018
    WildflowersTufted VetchVicia cracca10/07/2019
    BeetlesWater LadybirdAnisosticta novemdecimpunctata12/07/2012
    BirdsWigeonAnas penelope18/09/2017
    WildflowersWild StrawberryFragaria vesca10/07/2019
    WildflowersWinter AconiteEranthis hyemalis10/03/2019
    WildflowersWood AnemoneAnemone nemorosa10/07/2019
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum27/05/2018
    FungiWood BlewitLepista nuda08/10/2017
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium02/08/2020
    WildflowersYellow-rattleRhinanthus minor02/08/2020
    WildflowersYellow IrisIris pseudacorus27/05/2018
    Barklice & BookliceStenopsocus stigmaticus18/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsChrysis ignita12/07/2012
    BeetlesAnthocomus rufus12/07/2012
    BeetlesGrammoptera ruficornis12/07/2012
    BugsEupteryx signatipennis12/07/2012
    BugsTingis ampliata12/07/2012
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura auritae18/09/2017
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura fraxini12/07/2012
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula paludosa18/09/2017
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesWachtliella persicariae07/08/2014
    FliesPoecilobothrus nobilitatus12/07/2012
    FliesSarcophaga sp.02/09/2010
    FliesTachina fera02/09/2010
    FungiTaphrina tosquinetii12/07/2012
    harvestman (Opiliones)Mitopus morio02/09/2010
    HoverfliesChrysotoxum bicinctum12/07/2012
    HoverfliesEristalis intricarius12/07/2012
    LichensCladonia coniocraea18/09/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsEriophyes pyri12/07/2012
    Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.18/09/2017
    SpidersMetellina segmentata18/09/2017
    SpidersSalticus scenicus18/09/2017
    SpidersTetragnatha extensa12/07/2012