Wymondham Rough

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Managed By
    Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 106


    Wymondham Rough covers 12.5 ha and is owned by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust. Part of the reserve (the grassland) is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The field pattern in this area dates back at least to 1652. Over the following 200 years it was modified by the construction of the Oakham Canal in 1802, the planting of oaks by John Day in about 1820, the construction of the railway in 1848 and the planting of conifers in 1860. Many of the habitats are thus relatively recent but 4 ha of the grassland is probably over three centuries old. The hedges contain some venerable ash trees and also barberry, a shrub now rare in Leicestershire. The freehold of the reserve was purchased by the Trust in 1976.

    Habitats include neutral grassland, a length of disused canal, deciduous and mixed woodland, ponds, and a marshy area developing between canal and railway. The 4 ha of old grassland contain cowslip, bugle and water avens in the spring; dropwort, great burnet, betony, devil's-bit scabious and yellow rattle bloom later. The locally rare hybrid avens occur in the woodland. The nests of harvest mice have been found in the boundary hedges and common lizards may be seen alongside the railway. Barn owls and little owls have nested in a hollow oak and specially provided boxes. Butterflies are abundant in the summer especially skippers and browns, while green hairstreaks have occasionally been observed. 

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis02/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris02/08/2018
    BeetlesTortoise BeetleCassida vibex30/05/2015
    BeetlesCommon Malachite BeetleMalachius bipustulatus30/05/2015
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata30/05/2015
    BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis30/05/2015
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva09/08/2016
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus27/06/2016
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo09/08/2016
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis27/06/2016
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus09/08/2016
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus09/08/2016
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major02/08/2018
    BirdsSpotted FlycatcherMuscicapa striata02/08/2018
    BirdsGreat TitParus major27/06/2016
    BirdsPheasantPhasianus colchicus30/05/2015
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes27/06/2016
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula09/08/2016
    BirdsBarn OwlTyto alba02/08/2018
    BugsWoundwort ShieldbugEysarcoris venustissimus27/06/2016
    BugsSpear Thistle LacebugTingis cardui30/05/2015
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus27/06/2016
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina09/08/2016
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria02/08/2018
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi09/08/2016
    ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae09/08/2016
    CranefliesPtychoptera contaminata30/05/2015
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis02/08/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesMigrant HawkerAeshna mixta02/08/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesEmerald DamselflyLestes sponsa02/08/2018