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SITE 214 UPPER WANLIP SIC

INCLUDING SITE 215 EAST WANLIP SIC, SITE 216 FAR WANLIP SIC, SITE 217 NEAR WANLIPS CLOSE

OS REF:SK58801200

Date 14th May 2005

This first visit was to walk around the fields of Brookfield Farm before making visits to individual sites to start recording.

This field is on the ancient and current Rothley Parish Boundary and the boundary hedgerow will be recorded as part of our RAPS Survey.

Field Pond 14 (Site 160) extends into a corner of this field.

11th January 2006

The hedgerow between this field and Site 216 Far Wanlip Sic, beyond to Site 215 East Wanlip Sic and then the final hedgerow dividing Site 214 Upper Wanlip Sic have all been removed so I have put Sites 214-217 together under Site 214 and called it Wanlip Sic. We have tried to work out where the hedgerow might have joined up with Broadnook Spinney Ancient Parish Boundary and it is where the piece of land juts out from the boundary line which is the stream. A small length of the original piece of ditch that would have run the length of the dividing hedgerow is still showing between the stream and the piece of land.

Site 214 Looking over East Wanlip Sic, Far Wanlip Sic and Near Wanlips Close to Site 160 South Hall Field. May 2010

Site 214 Wanlip Sic Pond in Wanlip Sic January 2006

Looking from Site 217 Near Wanlip Close to Pond 14 South Hall Field Pond on the boundary with Site 160 South Hall Field. April 2005

ROTHLEY ANCIENT PARISH SURVEY (RAPS)

STINT 30

Date: 4th January 2006

Observers: Brian Verity, Terry Sheppard, Marion Vincent

Location: Site accessed from the old A6, along the public footpath into South Hall Field Site 160, under the barbed wire and now two electric fences into Brookfield Site 220 by Black Hovel Spinney into Church Wardens Land Site 212

OS Ref: SK58611175-SK58651181

Map Title: Site 212 Church Wardens Land and Site 214 Wanlip Sic

Owners: Mr Bill Wright, Brookfield Farm, Hallfields Lane, Rothley, Leics.

Another dull, overcast, chilly day, not good for photographs so hoping for an improvement next week.

Once again, the boundary continues as in Stint 29 with its spacing and more evidence of old fencing with the cross pieces threaded through the holes in the uprights. The hedgerow gets more sparse with Stint 30C having only a quarter of it with any hawthorn or other hedging. Towards the end of this part it changes from Site 212 Church Wardens land to Site 214 Wanlip Sic. At the end of the dividing hedgerow the line of the ditch changes slightly and widens to resemble a small pond area with water. Yet again, more map research needed about this. The remainder of the stint is very gappy, the spinney which borders it is in a very bad state with fallen trees which would crash into the boundary and weaken it.

A very poor piece of the Ancient Parish Boundary.

STINT 31

Date: 4th January 2006

Observers: Brian Verity, Terry Sheppard, Marion Vincent

Location: Site accessed from the old A6, along the public footpath into South Hall Field Site 160, under the barbed wire and now two electric fences into Brookfield Site 220 by Black Hovel Spinney into Site 214 Wanlip Sic

OS Ref: SK58651181-SK58701181

Map Title: Site 214 Wanlip Sic

Owners: Mr Bill Wright, Brookfield Farm, Hallfields Lane, Rothley, Leics.

On the old maps, what I now call Site 214 Wanlip Sic was 4 fields:

Site 214 Upper Wanlip Sic

Site 215 East Wanlip Sic

Site 216 Far Wanlip Sic

Site 217 Near Wanlip Close

Site 217 is closest to Site 160 South Hall Field.

This stint is again very poor for species, with Stint 31D having one piece of elder and a fallen Oak. There is still the ditch for the whole length and some fencing as in Stint 30. The other part of the stint was sparse. However, this is why we are making this record, in case it completely disappears due to land use or utter degeneration. Looks like the latter will win in this stint.

The Broadnook Spinney along this part is again in a very poor, unmanaged state with fallen and leaning trees.

We walked back through the spinney and I found a live Mole trying to decide where to dig itself in.

STINT 32

Date: 11th January 2006

Observers: Brian Verity, Janice Verity, Terry Sheppard, Marion Vincent

Location: Site accessed from the old A6, along the public footpath into South Hall Field Site 160, under the barbed wire and now two electric fences into Brookfield Site 220 by Black Hovel Spinney into Site 214 Wanlip Sic

OS Ref: SK58701181-SK58941199

Map Title: Site 214 Wanlip Sic (See note in Stint 31).

Owners: Mr Bill Wright, Brookfield Farm, Hallfields Lane, Rothley, Leics.

Another very poor stint for shrub vegetation. There is evidence of the old type slotted fencing where the boundary is sited.

There is a strange change of direction in Stint 32B where the ditch/stream cuts through a small corner of woodland to emerge once again along the field boundary. It was good to see a stand of Holly in Stint 32B but amidst very sparse boundary shrubs.

The ditch/stream is a few yards beyond the boundary, into Broadnook Spinney, in Stint 32D but there looks to be a ditch-like depression alongside the hedgerow.

A Gleba of Giant Puffball was under the hedgerow in Stint 32D

STINT 33

Date: 11th January 2006 and 18th January 2006

Observers: Brian Verity, Terry Sheppard, Marion Vincent

Location: Boundary accessed from old A6, along the public footpath (Blue Gate Lane), into Broadnook Spinney (Wanlip Parish) and under the fence into Wanlip Sic.

OS Ref: SK58941199-SK58921202

Map Title: Site 214 Wanlip Sic, along the 'drain' by Pond 14 (South Hall Field Pond) and along the public footpath by Site 160 South Hall Field.

Owners: Site 214 Mr Bill Wright, Brookfield Farm, Hallfields Lane, Rothley

Site 160 Mr Fred Barber, Woodcock Farm, Loughborough Road, Rothley

Public footpath alongside Site 160.

This stint sees many variations from field hedgerow to centre of a drain and ending with a public footpath and double/treble hedgerow.

At the start of this stint in Site 214 Wanlip Sic there appears to be evidence of a shallow ditch with the stream/drain running a few yards back from the hedgerow. Again, this part of the hedgerow is very sparse with single stands of hawthorn, sycamore and dead elm.

Stint 33B changes direction and the boundary line is the centre of the drain which has water in parts but a dry inflow to Pond 14. Both sides of the drain have individual hawthorns just as in the last few stints. This part has a mixture of hawthorn, elder, sycamore and dead elm.

Stint 33C continues to run along the drain and changes direction into a straight run down the Public Footpath, under a concrete bridge which gives access to the continuation of the footpath through Site 160 South Hall Field. Where the boundary runs at the foot of the hedge along the footpath there is a good ditch/drain still alongside and a further hedgerow on the field edge. There is also a further hedgerow on the Wanlip side of the footpath giving three hedgerows in parallel. The boundary hedgerow again has spaced individual hawthorns and, on the further side of the ditch, a good-sized Ash Trees 353 with a girth of 2.55metres, which is detailed in the Natural History Survey under Site 160 South Hall Field. In addition there are other multi-trunked Ash Trees on both sides of the ditch.

It has been interesting to see how the spaced Hawthorns run along the Broadnook Spinney part of the Rothley Ancient Parish Boundary.

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WANLIP SIC IN 2013

The pictures cover Sites 214, 215, 216 and 217 as there are no dividing hedgerows so called Site 214.

Site 214 Looking to South Hall Field Site 160 to the right. Site 219 Long Field to the left of the newly planted area. 6th April 2013

Site 214 Looking to Black Hovel Spinney Site 218. 6th April 2013

Site 214 Newly planted area by the hedgerow boundary with Site 219 Long Field. 6th April 2013

Site 214 Looking into the Pond 14 South Hall Field Pond shared with Site 160 South Hall Field. 6th April 2013

Site 214 Looking into Site 160 South Hall Field over Pond 14 South Hall Field Pond. 6th April 2013

Site 214 Looking to Site 219 Long Field at the back and Site 160 South Hall Field over the right hand hedgerow. 6th April 2013

Site 214 Looking to the boundary of Site 220 Brookfield. 6th April 2013

Site 214 Looking to Black Hovel Spinney Site 218 with Broadnook Spinney to the left. 6th April 2013

Site 214 Looking into Pond 14 South Hall Field Pond. 6th April 2013

Site 214 Looking into Pond 14 South Hall Field Pond. 6th April 2013

Site 214 Looking to the hedgerow boundary with Site 219 Long Field. 6th April 2013

Site 214 Black Hovel Spinney Site 218 to the left, Broadnook Spinney on the right and South Hall Field Site 160 over the boundary in the centre. 6th April 2013

Site 214 Looking to Broadnook Spinney. 6th April 2013

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