Wash Brook Nature Reserve

    Map key:

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

    Access is from Knighton Lane East near the railway bridge or from the path that runs under the railway line between the schools and Cheviot Road/Neston Road.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 227


    The Wash Brook Nature Reserve is a large triangular Public Open Space (POS) (2.8 hectares approx) located within the Knighton Ward and owned and managed by Leicester City Council. It is bisected by the Wash Brook. The Midland Mainline Railway forms the Western boundary.

    There is a public footbridge that offers access to both compartments to either side of the Wash Brook and encourages users to access all areas of the nature reserve. The site is also used as a short cut for students from the nearby Sir Jonathan North and Lancaster Schools.

    The reserve consists of a number of important habitats which include species rich mesotrophic (neutral) grassland, native broadleaved woodland, a field pond and the Wash Brook. In addition, there are areas of rough grassland which provide additional habitats for invertebrates, birds and mammals. The site is surrounded by residential and industrial developed sites, but the Midland Mainline Railway and Wash Brook provide opportunities to connect to adjacent green space nearby.

    Latest News

    Knighton Wild is organising a birdwatching walk round the reserve on Saturday 25th April 2020 at 10.00 am for about two hours.  Meet at the Knighton Lane East entrance, near the mini-roundabout.  See more details on the Knighton Ward page.

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo26/08/2017
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris26/08/2017
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria26/06/2016
    Barklice & BookliceStenopsocus stigmaticus26/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAmblyteles armatorius26/06/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera09/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum09/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius09/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.26/06/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum09/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum26/06/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris09/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus09/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsMegachile ligniseca09/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris09/08/2015
    BeetlesCantharis rustica26/06/2016
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata09/08/2015
    BeetlesCrepidodera fulvicornis26/08/2017
    BeetlesLagria hirta26/06/2016
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis26/06/2016
    BeetlesProtapion assimile24/03/2020
    BeetlesCabbage-stem Flea BeetlePsylliodes chrysocephala26/08/2017
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata26/06/2016
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva09/08/2015
    BeetlesPea-leaf WeevilSitona lineatus24/03/2020
    Beetles24 Spot LadybirdSubcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata24/03/2020
    BeetlesTrichosirocalus troglodytes24/03/2020
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus26/06/2016
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus14/02/2020
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos14/02/2020