Wash Brook Nature Reserve

    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: 202

    Latest News

    Knighton Wild is organising a work party at Wash Brook Nature Reserve on Wednesday 20th December 2017 from 12.00 noon to 3.00 pm to clean and tidy up in and around the pond with Leicester City Council Parks Volunteers.  Contact Knighton Wild if you want to come along.  See more details on the Knighton Ward page.


    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 records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Bearded CouchElymus caninus26/08/20172jays
    Wood PigeonColumba palumbus26/08/2017Uta Hamzaoui
    Notostira elongata26/08/2017Uta Hamzaoui
    Birch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus26/08/2017Uta Hamzaoui
    Green ShieldbugPalomena prasina26/08/2017Uta Hamzaoui
    Common FroghopperPhilaenus spumarius26/08/2017Uta Hamzaoui
    The VapourerOrgyia antiqua26/08/2017Uta Hamzaoui
    Hawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale26/08/2017Uta Hamzaoui
    Garden SpiderAraneus diadematus26/08/2017Uta Hamzaoui
    Roesel's Bush-cricketMetrioptera roeselii26/08/2017Uta Hamzaoui
    Myathropa florea26/08/2017Uta Hamzaoui
    Freshwater ShrimpGammarus pulex26/08/2017Uta Hamzaoui
    Water Hog-louseAsellus aquaticus26/08/2017Uta Hamzaoui
    Hairy TareErvilla hirsuta26/08/2017Uta Hamzaoui
    Smooth TareErvum tetraspermum26/08/2017Uta Hamzaoui

    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.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
    BeetlesCantharis rustica26/06/2016
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata09/08/2015
    BeetlesCrepidodera fulvicornis26/08/2017
    BeetlesLagria hirta26/06/2016
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis26/06/2016
    BeetlesCabbage-stem Flea BeetlePsylliodes chrysocephala26/08/2017
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata26/06/2016
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva09/08/2015
    BeetlesPea-leaf WeevilSitona lineatus26/08/2017
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus26/06/2016
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos26/06/2016
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis09/08/2015
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus09/08/2015
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone26/06/2016
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita26/06/2016