Watersmeet Meadow

    Wildlife Highlights

    Although not seen for some time, Water Voles and White-clawed Crayfish were present. Otters have passed through and jays are nesting nearby.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 21

    Latest News

    Tawny Owl boxes are being installed and sparrow, house martin and bat boxes have been fitted in the neighbouring sports ground.


    This wildlife corridor follows Rothley Brook going towards Anstey. A stream joins it beside the sports ground and the land between has been planted with shrubs. It has mown paths to provide good access. The  east side of the stream and brook has also been planted with wild flowers and shrubs. The watercourse is bordered by mature trees but has an open aspect in places with farmland to the west and the sports fields to the east. A path through it continues along the brookside beyond the parish and under the A46 towards Anstey. Alternatively you can exit onto Gynsill Lane where, looking across the road into the field, there is the most remarkable old oak tree, reputedly the oldest in Leicestershire.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Crack-willowSalix fragilis30/07/2018David Nicholls
    Willow Redgall SawflyPontania proxima30/07/2018David Nicholls
    Liocoris tripustulatus30/07/2018David Nicholls
    Dock BugCoreus marginatus30/07/2018David Nicholls
    Acalitus brevitarsus30/07/2018David Nicholls
    Amphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia30/07/2018David Nicholls
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria30/07/2018David Nicholls
    Guelder RoseViburnum opulus30/07/2018David Nicholls
    Orange LadybirdHalyzia sedecimguttata30/07/2018David Nicholls
    JayGarrulus glandarius13/07/2018Roy Denney
    KestrelFalco tinnunculus08/07/2018Roy Denney
    Canada GooseBranta canadensis01/06/2018Roy Denney
    Large Red DamselflyPyrrhosoma nymphula24/05/2018Mike Higgott
    Rhingia campestris24/05/2018Mike Higgott
    Noon FlyMesembrina meridiana24/05/2018Mike Higgott
    Further Information

    A public right of way leaves the A50, facing the Shell Station, and follows a stream through mature woodlands until it enters land owned by the Parish Council.

    Managed By
    Glenfield Parish Council

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BeetlesOrange LadybirdHalyzia sedecimguttata30/07/2018
    BirdsCanada GooseBranta canadensis01/06/2018
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo29/02/2012
    BirdsLittle EgretEgretta garzetta12/05/2018
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus08/07/2018
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius16/05/2018
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus30/07/2018
    BugsLiocoris tripustulatus30/07/2018
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria30/07/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens21/06/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesLarge Red DamselflyPyrrhosoma nymphula24/05/2018
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesNoon FlyMesembrina meridiana24/05/2018
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesRhagio scolopaceus24/05/2018
    HoverfliesRhingia campestris24/05/2018
    SawfliesWillow Redgall SawflyPontania proxima30/07/2018
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAcalitus brevitarsus30/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersCrack-willowSalix fragilis30/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGuelder RoseViburnum opulus30/07/2018
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum24/05/2018
    WildflowersGround-ivyGlechoma hederacea24/05/2018
    WildflowersAmphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia30/07/2018