Braunstone Park

    Wildlife Highlights

    The park has a number of interesting habitats including meadow, woodland and lakes. There are numerous mature trees of many species and as expected lots of mown grass, however the park has numerous wilder areas. The lakes attract some water birds plus dragonflies and damselflies but have limited invertebrate life due to poor water quality. The meadow includes several interesting species including Pepper Saxifrage and lots of Pignut which supports a population of Chimney Sweeper moths.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 61

    Description

    The 168 acres of Braunstone Park are a reminder of Braunstone’s pastoral heritage with large areas of well-established open parkland, woodlands spinneys and meadows.

    Numerous meandering paths enable visitors to stroll and enjoy the park's many delightful aspects. Two lakes on the southern boundary attract a wide variety of wildlife including migrating birds. Formal gardens include a WW2 memorial garden, a Walled Garden and Azalea Garden.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Freshwater ShrimpGammarus pulex11/10/2017David Nicholls
    Water Hog-louseAsellus aquaticus11/10/2017David Nicholls
    Wandering Pond SnailRadix balthica11/10/2017David Nicholls
    Jenkins' Spire SnailPotamopyrgus antipodarum11/10/2017David Nicholls
    Dwarf Pond SnailGalba truncatula11/10/2017David Nicholls
    Common Bladder SnailPhysa fontinalis11/10/2017David Nicholls
    BulrushTypha latifolia10/08/2017David Nicholls
    Mute SwanCygnus olor10/08/2017David Nicholls
    Canada GooseBranta canadensis10/08/2017David Nicholls
    Wood PigeonColumba palumbus10/08/2017David Nicholls
    MoorhenGallinula chloropus10/08/2017David Nicholls
    MallardAnas platyrhynchos10/08/2017David Nicholls
    Brown HawkerAeshna grandis10/08/2017David Nicholls
    Migrant HawkerAeshna mixta10/08/2017David Nicholls
    Banded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens10/08/2017David Nicholls
    Further Information
    Getting There

    From Hinckley Road (A50), approximately 2 miles from the city centre and near to Braunstone Leisure Centre.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BeetlesCrepidodera aurea10/08/2017
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos10/08/2017
    BirdsGreylag GooseAnser anser19/04/2016
    BirdsGrey HeronArdea cinerea19/04/2016
    BirdsTufted DuckAythya fuligula19/04/2016
    BirdsCanada GooseBranta canadensis19/04/2016
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus10/08/2017
    BirdsMute SwanCygnus olor19/04/2016
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major10/08/2017
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus10/08/2017
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis10/08/2017
    BugsCommon PondskaterGerris lacustris10/08/2017
    BugsForest BugPentatoma rufipes10/08/2017
    BugsSigara dorsalis10/08/2017
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria10/08/2017
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi10/08/2017
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus10/08/2017
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta10/08/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis10/08/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesMigrant HawkerAeshna mixta10/08/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens10/08/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum10/08/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans10/08/2017
    EarwigsCommon European EarwigForficula auricularia10/08/2017
    FishThree-spined SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus10/08/2017
    FishGudgeonGobio gobio10/08/2017
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesCleg FlyHaematopota pluvialis24/06/2017
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesPoecilobothrus nobilitatus10/08/2017
    FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae30/01/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPendulous SedgeCarex pendula10/08/2017