SITE 187 SOAR MEADOW HAY FLAT, COSSINGTON LANE

OS REF:SK59321288

Date: 24th September 2003

This meadow is used for horse grazing and floods badly from the nearby River Soar.

The field was 'cut off' from the farm by the Mountsorrel Bypass so the boundary at this point is new hedgerow. There is a pond, Pond 18, in the survey but this is about 10 years old and surrounded by conifers except at one end. It is like a 'flight pond' so that any ducks flying off when disturbed always use the open end to take flight and are then easy prey for the guns.

There were mallard on the pond and the trees used by songbirds. It needs another visit in the spring to see what the vegetation is like.

The field can really only be used for grazing due to flooding but it is interesting to see what is there when covered in water. In past years I have seen lapwings over this field but now the horses would disturb such birds.

15th March 2006

We are back on this site as the Ancient and present Parish Boundary run along a non-existent hedgerow from Site 185 Forty Close. There is nothing to record for this.

Site 187 Looking to Osier Villa. March 2006

Site 187 Looking to the River Soar and Cossington Mill. March 2006

Site 187 Close to the River Soar. Could this be part of our search for a Mill? April 2006

Site 187 Looking to Cossington Lane with Osier Villa to the right. Is this watercourse part of our quest to find a Mill? April 2006

Site 187 Close to the River Soar. Mill site? April 2006

Site 187 By the River Soar. Mill site? April 2006

Site 187 Close to the River Soar. Mill site? April 2006

Site 187 This would have been a good site for willows. April 2006

Site 187 More willows by the watercourse close to the River Soar. April 2006

Site 187 More willows by the watercourse. April 2006

Site 187 Looking to the bridge over the River Soar/canal. April 2006

Site 187 beyond the River Soar where it joins the River Wreake. April 2006

Site 187 Looking to Osier Villa and Cossington Locks. May 2002

Site 187 Pond 18 Soar Meadow Hay Flat Pond. April 2006

Site 187. Pond 18 is within the group of conifers. June 2003

Site 187 Pond 18 within the group of conifers is known as a 'Flight Pond' so that ducks can be shot whilst flying out from the open end. June 2003

Site 187 The 'Flight Pond 18' enclosed for duck shooting. May 2002

ROTHLEY ANCIENT PARISH SURVEY (RAPS)

Date: 15th March 2006

Observers: Brian Verity, Terry Sheppard, Marion Vincent

Location: Site accessed from Cossington Lane over Site 187 Soar Meadow Hay Flat

OS Ref: SK59391225-SK59451234

Map Title: Site 185 Forty Close and Site 187 Soar Meadow Hay Flat.

Owners: Mr Fred Barber, Woodcock Farm, Loughborough Road, Rothley, Leicester. 07977 014606

This part of the boundary continues as in Stint 37 with Elder once again being a feature but more sparse on both sides of the ditch. There are more dead young Elms in this stint and more brambles. At the end of Stint 38C there is a large stand of Blackthorn, which extends into 38D. There is also Ancient Hawthorn that has been laid but only a few individual specimens.

A Public Footpath cuts across the boundary in Stint 38D at which point the boundary vegetation ceases and the ditch runs out into a small copse of Willow, which is in a bad state, in the Parish of Wanlip. On the Rothley side of the boundary we are in Site 187 Soar Meadow Hay Flat, which used to be made up of Soar Meadow/Easte Meadow and Soar Meadow Hay Flat.

We used the fence line as the boundary, no other option.

STINT 39

Date: 15th March 2006

Observers: Brian Verity, Terry Sheppard, Marion Vincent

Location: Site accessed from Cossington Lane over Site 187 Soar Meadow Hay Flat, into Site 185 Forty Close and back into Site 187

OS Ref: SK59451234-SK59521249

Map Title: Site 187 Soar Meadow Hay Flat

Owners: Mr Fred Barber, Woodcock Farm, Loughborough Road, Rothley, Leicester. 07977 014606

This boundary has nothing to record, as it is a fence with barbed wire for Stint 39A leading down to the bank of the River Soar where the boundary continues down the centre of the river to Sileby Mill.

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