Witherley Mill

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

Getting There

Access is from Mill Lane in the centre of Witherley village.

Status

Permissive access (Defra farm conservation scheme)

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 134

Description

This large semi-improved grassland field borders the River Anker along the west and is the site of the former Witherley Mill. The remnant mill race bisects the centre of the site, providing a mainly marshy habitat with some areas of shallow standing water. A large pond lies to the north of the site. The field is used for grazing cattle and has a few scattered shrubs around the site, mainly Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna and Holly Ilex ilicis. A few standard trees have been planted within fenced cages to prevent cattle access. The whole field is open access as part of a Stewardship agreement with DEFRA.

Wildlife Highlights

The grassland was a varied mixture of Perrenial Rye-grass Lolium perenne, Yorkshire Fog Holcus lanatus, Meadow Foxtail Alopecurus pratensis, Timothy Phleum pratense, Creeping Bent Agrostis stolonifera with some Crested Dog’s-tail Cynosurus cristatus. Wildflowers include White Clover Trifolium repens, Yarrow  Achillea millefolium and Creeping Buttercup Ranunculus repens, with a few specimens of Meadow Buttercup Ranunculus acris.

The old mill race and pond add significantly to the biodiversity interest and support a good range of wetland plants, including Purple Loosestrife Lythrum salicaria, Fool’s Water-cress Apium nodiflorum, Water Forget-me-not Myosotis scorpioides, Celery-leaved Buttercup Ranunculus sceleratus and Water Figwort Scrophularia auriculata.

The river edge adds further interest and supports species such as Reed Canary-grass Phalaris arundinacea, Common Club-rush Schoenoplectus lacustris and Unbranched Bur-reed Sparganium emersum.

A good diversity of invertebrates are found here, particularly around the wetland areas. These include Azure Damselfy Coenagrion puella, Blue-tailed Damselfy Ischnura elegans, Banded Demoiselle Calopteryx splendens, Ruddy Darter Sympetrum sanguineum, Green Leaf-hopper Cicadella viridis, Common Field Grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus and Small Skipper Butterfly Thymelicus sylvestris.

 

The records and images below may include those from adjacent sites if the grid reference submitted with these records overlaps the boundary of this Wild Place.

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Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Banded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens11/06/2021Melinda Bell
Celery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus11/06/2021Melinda Bell
CuckooflowerCardamine pratensis11/06/2021Melinda Bell
BrooklimeVeronica beccabunga11/06/2021Melinda Bell
Pink Water-SpeedwellVeronica catenata11/06/2021Melinda Bell
Yellow Water-lilyNuphar lutea11/06/2021Melinda Bell
Common Club-rushSchoenoplectus lacustris11/06/2021Melinda Bell
Pemphigus spyrothecae11/06/2021Melinda Bell
Oil-seed RapeBrassica napus subsp. oleifera06/05/2020David Nicholls
Welted ThistleCarduus crispus06/05/2020David Nicholls
Water DockRumex hydrolapathum06/05/2020David Nicholls
16 Spot LadybirdTytthaspis sedecimpunctata06/05/2020David Nicholls
Celery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus06/05/2020David Nicholls
Larinioides cornutus06/05/2020David Nicholls
Yellow Water-lilyNuphar lutea06/05/2020David Nicholls
Common Soft-bromeBromus hordeaceus subsp. hordeaceus06/05/2020David Nicholls
Fever-flyDilophus febrilis06/05/2020David Nicholls
Hedge MustardSisymbrium officinale18/07/2019David Nicholls
Greater PlantainPlantago major18/07/2019David Nicholls
Common NettleUrtica dioica18/07/2019David Nicholls
PineappleweedMatricaria discoidea18/07/2019David Nicholls
KnotgrassPolygonum aviculare18/07/2019David Nicholls
Shepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris18/07/2019David Nicholls
Perennial Rye-grassLolium perenne18/07/2019David Nicholls
Dandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.18/07/2019David Nicholls
Wall BarleyHordeum murinum18/07/2019David Nicholls
White CloverTrifolium repens18/07/2019David Nicholls
Creeping ThistleCirsium arvense18/07/2019David Nicholls
TimothyPhleum pratense18/07/2019David Nicholls
HawthornCrataegus monogyna18/07/2019David Nicholls
Meadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis18/07/2019David Nicholls
Meadow ButtercupRanunculus acris18/07/2019David Nicholls
Creeping ButtercupRanunculus repens18/07/2019David Nicholls
Small WhitePieris rapae18/07/2019David Nicholls
Meadow BrownManiola jurtina18/07/2019David Nicholls
YarrowAchillea millefolium18/07/2019David Nicholls
HollyIlex aquifolium18/07/2019David Nicholls
ElderSambucus nigra18/07/2019David Nicholls
MagpiePica pica18/07/2019David Nicholls
Great Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major18/07/2019David Nicholls
Cut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum18/07/2019David Nicholls
Marmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus18/07/2019David Nicholls
SwallowHirundo rustica18/07/2019David Nicholls
Yorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus18/07/2019David Nicholls
BuzzardButeo buteo18/07/2019David Nicholls
Dog-roseRosa canina18/07/2019David Nicholls
Cock's-footDactylis glomerata18/07/2019David Nicholls
AshFraxinus excelsior18/07/2019David Nicholls
Common RagwortJacobaea vulgaris18/07/2019David Nicholls
Amphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia18/07/2019David Nicholls

Group Common name Latin name Last seen
BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula23/04/2015
BirdsSkylarkAlauda arvensis23/04/2015
BirdsGrey HeronArdea cinerea23/04/2015
ButterfliesPeacockAglais io23/04/2015
Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesPtychoptera albimana23/04/2015
MothsFlame CarpetXanthorhoe designata23/04/2015
SpidersPardosa amentata23/04/2015
SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis23/04/2015
WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria23/04/2015
WildflowersCommon DuckweedLemna minor23/04/2015
WildflowersBulbous ButtercupRanunculus bulbosus23/04/2015
BeetlesCantharis rustica27/05/2015
FliesTachina fera27/05/2015
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMarsh FoxtailAlopecurus geniculatus27/05/2015
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHairy SedgeCarex hirta27/05/2015
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesRed FescueFestuca rubra27/05/2015
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPlicate Sweet-grassGlyceria notata27/05/2015
MothsNettle-tapAnthophila fabriciana27/05/2015
MothsSmall China-markCataclysta lemnata27/05/2015
MothsCocksfoot MothGlyphipterix simpliciella27/05/2015
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula27/05/2015
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHazelCorylus avellana27/05/2015
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina27/05/2015
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersOsierSalix viminalis27/05/2015
WildflowersWavy Bitter-cressCardamine flexuosa27/05/2015
WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis27/05/2015
WildflowersTufted Forget-me-notMyosotis laxa27/05/2015
WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa27/05/2015
Dragonflies and DamselfliesLarge Red DamselflyPyrrhosoma nymphula18/06/2015
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFloating Sweet-grassGlyceria fluitans18/06/2015
MothsSilver YAutographa gamma18/06/2015
WildflowersIndian BalsamImpatiens glandulifera18/06/2015
WildflowersYellow IrisIris pseudacorus18/06/2015
WildflowersWater Forget-me-notMyosotis scorpioides18/06/2015
WildflowersGreat Yellow-cressRorippa amphibia18/06/2015
WildflowersBranched Bur-reedSparganium erectum18/06/2015
ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus15/07/2015
ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album15/07/2015
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSoft-rushJuncus effusus15/07/2015
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHard RushJuncus inflexus15/07/2015
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSmaller Cat's-tailPhleum bertolonii15/07/2015
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia15/07/2015
WildflowersCommon Water-plantainAlisma plantago-aquatica15/07/2015
WildflowersGiant HogweedHeracleum mantegazzianum15/07/2015
WildflowersPurple-loosestrifeLythrum salicaria15/07/2015
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon BentAgrostis capillaris01/08/2015
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Club-rushSchoenoplectus lacustris01/08/2015
BeetlesPhratora laticollis23/05/2016
BeetlesTachinus rufipes23/05/2016
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Soft-bromeBromus hordeaceus subsp. hordeaceus23/05/2016
Lacewings & ScorpionfliesSialis fuliginosa23/05/2016
MammalsMoleTalpa europaea23/05/2016
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata03/05/2017
Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata03/05/2017
Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesPtychoptera contaminata03/05/2017
FliesNoon FlyMesembrina meridiana03/05/2017
Lacewings & ScorpionfliesAlder FlySialis lutaria03/05/2017
WildflowersBog StitchwortStellaria alsine03/05/2017
AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria18/07/2019
BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo18/07/2019
BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major18/07/2019
BirdsSwallowHirundo rustica18/07/2019
BirdsMagpiePica pica18/07/2019
BugsGreen Leaf-hopperCicadella viridis18/07/2019
ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae18/07/2019
ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina18/07/2019
ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae18/07/2019
ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus18/07/2019
ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris18/07/2019
Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens18/07/2019
Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella18/07/2019
Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans18/07/2019
Dragonflies and DamselfliesRuddy DarterSympetrum sanguineum18/07/2019
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis18/07/2019
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCrested Dog's-tailCynosurus cristatus18/07/2019
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata18/07/2019
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus18/07/2019
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesWall BarleyHordeum murinum18/07/2019
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPerennial Rye-grassLolium perenne18/07/2019
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesReed Canary-grassPhalaris arundinacea18/07/2019
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTimothyPhleum pratense18/07/2019
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesUnbranched Bur-reedSparganium emersum18/07/2019
Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Field GrasshopperChorthippus brunneus18/07/2019
HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus18/07/2019
HoverfliesThe FootballerHelophilus pendulus18/07/2019
LichensLecanora chlarotera18/07/2019
LichensChewing Gum LichenLecanora muralis18/07/2019
LichensLecidella elaeochroma18/07/2019
LichensPhyscia adscendens18/07/2019
LichensPhyscia caesia18/07/2019
LichensXanthoria parietina18/07/2019
SawfliesSelandria serva18/07/2019
Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris18/07/2019
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna18/07/2019
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior18/07/2019
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium18/07/2019
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra18/07/2019
WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium18/07/2019
WildflowersShepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris18/07/2019
WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum18/07/2019
WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense18/07/2019
WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare18/07/2019
WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum18/07/2019
WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum18/07/2019
WildflowersFool's Water-cressHelosciadium nodiflorum18/07/2019
WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris18/07/2019
WildflowersGypsywortLycopus europaeus18/07/2019
WildflowersPineappleweedMatricaria discoidea18/07/2019
WildflowersAmphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia18/07/2019
WildflowersGreater PlantainPlantago major18/07/2019
WildflowersKnotgrassPolygonum aviculare18/07/2019
WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris18/07/2019
WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris18/07/2019
WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens18/07/2019
WildflowersClustered DockRumex conglomeratus18/07/2019
WildflowersArrowheadSagittaria sagittifolia18/07/2019
WildflowersHedge MustardSisymbrium officinale18/07/2019
WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.18/07/2019
WildflowersLesser TrefoilTrifolium dubium18/07/2019
WildflowersRed CloverTrifolium pratense18/07/2019
WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens18/07/2019
WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica18/07/2019
WildflowersWall SpeedwellVeronica arvensis18/07/2019
Beetles16 Spot LadybirdTytthaspis sedecimpunctata06/05/2020
Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesFever-flyDilophus febrilis06/05/2020
SpidersLarinioides cornutus06/05/2020
WildflowersOil-seed RapeBrassica napus subsp. oleifera06/05/2020
WildflowersWelted ThistleCarduus crispus06/05/2020
WildflowersWater DockRumex hydrolapathum06/05/2020
BugsPemphigus spyrothecae11/06/2021
WildflowersYellow Water-lilyNuphar lutea11/06/2021
WildflowersCelery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus11/06/2021
WildflowersBrooklimeVeronica beccabunga11/06/2021
WildflowersPink Water-SpeedwellVeronica catenata11/06/2021