Big wildlife month

June is a big wild month just great for getting out and about and enjoying wildlife and wild places! This is recognised by The Wildlife Trusts, including Leicestershire and Rutland, running 30 Days Wild and the coming weekend is the Big Wild Weekend. 

What could be better than a trip to Rutland Water Nature Reserve where members of the Rutland Osprey Project will help you see the famous Rutland ospreys from the hide in Manton Bay or via the big screen at Lyndon Visitor Centre. See the Rutland Osprey website  for details.

Join Peter Dawson of the Trust’s Melton Local Group on one of the guided walks at the delightful Holwell Nature Reserves.

The Trust will have a stall at Bradgate Park’s Wildlife Weekend. Local radio station Hfm will be hosting a Plastic-less Planet day at Market Harborough Methodist Church Centre.

At the Ferrers Centre at Staunton Harold, the Out of the Woods art exhibition inspired by Trust woodlands, is still running. 

See the Events section of this website for details of the above events. 

This is a fabulous time to explore the Trust’s wonderful variety of grasslands – which are at their best during the month of June.

Rutland Water Nature Reserve is not just for ospreys, currently there is an explosion of orchids to be seen across the reserve.

Further afield in Rutland, Merry’s Meadows has a tremendous variety of plants, including several orchid species, and birds such as Yellow Wagtail and Curlew can be seen along the track to the reserve. 

Cribb’s Meadow and Wymondham Rough (both in the Wymondham parish in north-east Leicestershire) have between them a wide range of plants as well as Common Lizards and butterflies such as Grizzled Skipper and Green Hairstreak.

In the Soar valley Loughborough Big Meadow is a huge site where you can see Meadow Saxifrage and many other plants such as the rare Narrow-leaved Water-dropwort as well as Kingfishers and other birds along the river.

Herbert’s Meadow (part of the Ulverscroft Nature Reserve) and Lea Meadows in Charnwood Forest are beautiful places at any time. Fragrant Orchid is a plant to look out for in Herbert’s Meadow at the end of the month. 

Visit the Nature Reserves section  of this website for further details. 

Photograph by Anya Wicikowski


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