Wash Brook Nature Reserve

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

    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: 252

    Description

    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.

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Badister bullatus27/04/2020AJ Cann
    Bathyphantes gracilis27/04/2020AJ Cann
    Bembidion lampros27/04/2020AJ Cann
    Demetrias atricapillus27/04/2020AJ Cann
    Dicymbium nigrum/brevisetosum agg.27/04/2020AJ Cann
    Diplocephalus latifrons27/04/2020AJ Cann
    Erigonella hiemalis27/04/2020AJ Cann
    Common Damsel BugNabis rugosus27/04/2020AJ Cann
    Isotoma viridis27/04/2020AJ Cann
    Linyphia hortensis27/04/2020AJ Cann
    Micrargus herbigradus27/04/2020AJ Cann
    Orchesella villosa27/04/2020AJ Cann
    Pachygnatha degeeri27/04/2020AJ Cann
    Palliduphantes ericaeus27/04/2020AJ Cann
    Common Wolf SpiderPardosa pullata27/04/2020AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo26/08/2017
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris26/08/2017
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria09/08/2015
    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.09/08/2015
    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
    BeetlesBadister bullatus24/03/2020
    BeetlesBembidion guttula24/03/2020
    BeetlesBembidion lampros24/03/2020
    BeetlesCantharis rustica26/06/2016
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata09/08/2015
    BeetlesCrepidodera fulvicornis26/08/2017
    BeetlesDemetrias atricapillus27/04/2020
    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
    BeetlesRhyzobius chrysomeloides27/04/2020
    BeetlesRhyzobius litura24/03/2020
    BeetlesPea-leaf WeevilSitona lineatus26/08/2017
    Beetles24 Spot LadybirdSubcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata24/03/2020
    BeetlesTrichosirocalus troglodytes24/03/2020
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus14/02/2020
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus14/02/2020
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos26/06/2016
    BirdsGrey HeronArdea cinerea14/02/2020
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis14/02/2020
    BirdsGreenfinchCarduelis chloris14/02/2020
    BirdsBlack-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus14/02/2020
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus14/02/2020
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone26/06/2016
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus14/02/2020
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula14/02/2020
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus14/02/2020
    BirdsGreat TitParus major14/02/2020
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita26/06/2016
    BirdsMagpiePica pica14/02/2020
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula14/02/2020
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla26/06/2016
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes14/02/2020
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula26/06/2016
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos14/02/2020
    BugsHawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale26/08/2017
    BugsAnthocoris nemoralis26/08/2017
    BugsCapsus ater26/06/2016
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus24/03/2020
    BugsCorizus hyoscyami26/06/2016
    BugsDeraeocoris flavilinea26/06/2016
    BugsBirch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus26/06/2016
    BugsParent BugElasmucha grisea27/08/2014
    BugsTortoise BugEurygaster (cf) testudinaria26/08/2017
    BugsGrypocoris stysi26/06/2016
    BugsNettle GroundbugHeterogaster urticae26/08/2017
    BugsHeterotoma planicornis26/06/2016
    BugsBirch Catkin BugKleidocerys resedae24/03/2020
    BugsLeptopterna dolabrata26/06/2016
    BugsLiocoris tripustulatus26/08/2017
    BugsVetch AphidMegoura viciae26/08/2017
    BugsHeath Damsel BugNabis ericetorum26/08/2017
    BugsField Damsel BugNabis ferus24/03/2020
    BugsCommon Damsel BugNabis rugosus24/03/2020
    BugsCommon BackswimmerNotonecta glauca26/08/2017
    BugsNotostira elongata26/08/2017
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina26/08/2017
    BugsForest BugPentatoma rufipes09/07/2015
    BugsCommon FroghopperPhilaenus spumarius26/08/2017
    BugsSpiked ShieldbugPicromerus bidens26/08/2017
    BugsPlagiognathus arbustorum26/08/2017
    BugsStenodema laevigata27/04/2020
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io09/08/2015
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae26/06/2016
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus09/07/2015
    ButterfliesHolly BlueCelastrina argiolus09/08/2015
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina09/08/2015
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus26/06/2016
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria09/08/2015
    ButterfliesLarge WhitePieris brassicae09/08/2015
    ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae09/08/2015
    ButterfliesCommon Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus09/08/2015
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus09/08/2015
    ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris09/08/2015
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesNephrotoma quadrifaria26/06/2016
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula fascipennis26/06/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis09/08/2015
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella26/06/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans26/06/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum09/08/2015
    FliesCleg FlyHaematopota pluvialis26/06/2016
    FliesPalloptera quinquemaculata26/06/2016
    FliesSarcophaga sp.26/06/2016
    FliesThistle Gall FlyUrophora cardui09/08/2015
    FungiBirch PolyporePiptoporus betulinus14/02/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon BentAgrostis capillaris09/08/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCreeping BentAgrostis stolonifera26/08/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMarsh FoxtailAlopecurus geniculatus09/08/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis26/08/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius09/08/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCrested Dog's-tailCynosurus cristatus26/06/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata09/08/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBearded CouchElymus caninus26/08/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon CouchElymus repens26/08/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesReed Sweet-grassGlyceria maxima09/08/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus09/08/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow BarleyHordeum secalinum09/08/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHard RushJuncus inflexus09/08/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPerennial Rye-grassLolium perenne09/08/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTimothyPhleum pratense26/08/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesAnnual Meadow-grassPoa annua09/08/2015
    Grasshoppers & CricketsLesser Marsh GrasshopperChorthippus albomarginatus09/08/2015
    Grasshoppers & CricketsRoesel's Bush-cricketMetrioptera roeselii09/08/2015
    harvestman (Opiliones)Dicranopalpus ramosus agg.26/08/2017
    harvestman (Opiliones)Mitopus morio09/08/2015
    harvestman (Opiliones)Paroligolophus agrestis26/08/2017
    harvestman (Opiliones)Platybunus triangularis27/04/2020
    HoverfliesCheilosia albitarsis/ranunculi agg.26/06/2016
    HoverfliesCheilosia illustrata26/06/2016
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus09/08/2015
    HoverfliesTapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax26/06/2016
    HoverfliesMyathropa florea26/06/2016
    HoverfliesPellucid FlyVolucella pellucens26/06/2016
    HoverfliesXanthogramma pedissequum sensu lato26/06/2016
    insect - beetle (Coleoptera)Oulema melanopus s.str.24/03/2020
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesChrysoperla carnea09/08/2015
    MammalsGrey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis14/02/2020
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsWalnut Leaf Gall MiteAceria erinea27/08/2014
    MothsBurnet CompanionEuclidia glyphica26/06/2016
    MothsThe VapourerOrgyia antiqua26/08/2017
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae26/08/2017
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis26/06/2016
    Slugs & SnailsKentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana26/06/2016
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris26/06/2016
    SpidersGarden SpiderAraneus diadematus26/08/2017
    SpidersBathyphantes gracilis27/04/2020
    SpidersCentromerita bicolor24/03/2020
    SpidersCeratinella brevipes27/04/2020
    SpidersDicymbium nigrum sensu stricto24/03/2020
    SpidersDicymbium nigrum/brevisetosum agg.27/04/2020
    SpidersDiplocephalus latifrons27/04/2020
    SpidersErigonella hiemalis27/04/2020
    SpidersLinyphia hortensis27/04/2020
    SpidersMicrargus herbigradus27/04/2020
    SpidersOedothorax retusus24/03/2020
    SpidersPachygnatha clercki24/03/2020
    SpidersPachygnatha degeeri27/04/2020
    SpidersPalliduphantes ericaeus24/03/2020
    SpidersCommon Wolf SpiderPardosa pullata27/04/2020
    SpidersTenuiphantes tenuis27/04/2020
    SpidersTetragnatha montana27/04/2020
    SpidersWalckenaeria antica24/03/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsDicyrtomina ornata24/03/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsIsotoma viridis24/03/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsOrchesella cincta24/03/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsOrchesella villosa24/03/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsPogonognathellus longicornis24/03/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsTomocerus minor24/03/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre09/08/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus09/08/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula09/08/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDogwoodCornus sanguinea09/08/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHazelCorylus avellana09/08/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna26/08/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSpindleEuonymus europaeus09/08/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior09/08/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWalnutJuglans regia24/09/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild PrivetLigustrum vulgare09/08/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersScots PinePinus sylvestris09/08/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur09/08/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.26/08/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRaspberryRubus idaeus09/08/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra09/08/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRowanSorbus aucuparia09/08/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGuelder RoseViburnum opulus09/08/2015
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium26/08/2017
    WildflowersCommon Water-plantainAlisma plantago-aquatica26/06/2016
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata09/08/2015
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris26/08/2017
    WildflowersLesser BurdockArctium minus26/06/2016
    WildflowersHorse-radishArmoracia rusticana26/06/2016
    WildflowersMugwortArtemisia vulgaris09/08/2015
    WildflowersHedge BindweedCalystegia sepium09/08/2015
    WildflowersLarge BindweedCalystegia silvatica26/06/2016
    WildflowersShepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris26/08/2017
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra26/08/2017
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense26/08/2017
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare09/08/2015
    WildflowersField BindweedConvolvulus arvensis26/08/2017
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum09/08/2015
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum26/08/2017
    WildflowersHoary WillowherbEpilobium parviflorum09/08/2015
    WildflowersHairy TareErvilla hirsuta26/08/2017
    WildflowersSmooth TareErvum tetraspermum26/08/2017
    WildflowersPetty SpurgeEuphorbia peplus09/08/2015
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria09/08/2015
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine09/08/2015
    WildflowersLady's BedstrawGalium verum09/08/2015
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum09/08/2015
    WildflowersMeadow Crane's-billGeranium pratense26/08/2017
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum09/08/2015
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium26/08/2017
    WildflowersIndian BalsamImpatiens glandulifera09/08/2015
    WildflowersYellow IrisIris pseudacorus09/08/2015
    WildflowersHoary RagwortJacobaea erucifolia26/08/2017
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris09/08/2015
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album09/08/2015
    WildflowersMeadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis09/08/2015
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus09/08/2015
    WildflowersScarlet PimpernelLysimachia arvensis09/08/2015
    WildflowersPurple-loosestrifeLythrum salicaria26/08/2017
    WildflowersPineappleweedMatricaria discoidea09/07/2015
    WildflowersRed BartsiaOdontites vernus26/08/2017
    WildflowersAmphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia26/08/2017
    WildflowersGreater Burnet-saxifragePimpinella major09/08/2015
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata26/08/2017
    WildflowersGreater PlantainPlantago major09/08/2015
    WildflowersKnotgrassPolygonum aviculare26/08/2017
    WildflowersEqual-leaved KnotgrassPolygonum depressum09/08/2015
    WildflowersCreeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans09/08/2015
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris09/08/2015
    WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris09/08/2015
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens09/08/2015
    WildflowersCelery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus09/08/2015
    WildflowersYellow-rattleRhinanthus minor26/06/2016
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa26/08/2017
    WildflowersClustered DockRumex conglomeratus09/08/2015
    WildflowersWood DockRumex sanguineus26/08/2017
    WildflowersCommon GroundselSenecio vulgaris26/08/2017
    WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper09/08/2015
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica09/08/2015
    WildflowersLesser StitchwortStellaria graminea26/06/2016
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.09/08/2015
    WildflowersLesser TrefoilTrifolium dubium09/08/2015
    WildflowersRed CloverTrifolium pratense09/07/2015
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens26/08/2017
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica09/08/2015
    WildflowersTufted VetchVicia cracca26/08/2017
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa09/08/2015
    WildflowersBush VetchVicia sepium26/08/2017
    Woodlice, CrustaceansWater Hog-louseAsellus aquaticus26/08/2017
    Woodlice, CrustaceansFreshwater ShrimpGammarus pulex/fossorum agg.26/08/2017
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum26/06/2016
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Rough WoodlousePorcellio scaber09/08/2015