Wash Brook Nature Reserve
- Selected Wild Place = PINK
- Other Wild Places = RED
- Public Rights of Way = GREEN
- VC55 boundary = BLUE
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.
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.
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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|24 Spot Ladybird||Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Birch Catkin Bug||Kleidocerys resedae||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Common Damsel Bug||Nabis rugosus||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Dicyrtomina ornata||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Dock Bug||Coreus marginatus||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Field Damsel Bug||Nabis ferus||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Isotoma viridis||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Orchesella cincta||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Orchesella villosa||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Pogonognathellus longicornis||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Protapion assimile||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Pea-leaf Weevil||Sitona lineatus||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Tomocerus minor||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Trichosirocalus troglodytes||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Birch Polypore||Piptoporus betulinus||14/02/2020||Simon Bennett|