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: 68

    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
    SwiftApus apus10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Yellow IrisIris pseudacorus10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Grey HeronArdea cinerea10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Small TortoiseshellAglais urticae10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Common Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Banded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Black-tailed SkimmerOrthetrum cancellatum10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Honey BeeApis mellifera10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Swollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Common Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Red-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Freshwater ShrimpGammarus pulex11/10/2017David Nicholls
    Water Hog-louseAsellus aquaticus11/10/2017David Nicholls
    Wandering Pond SnailRadix balthica11/10/2017David 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
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera10/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius10/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum10/06/2018
    BeetlesCrepidodera aurea10/08/2017
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis10/06/2018
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos19/04/2016
    BirdsGreylag GooseAnser anser19/04/2016
    BirdsSwiftApus apus10/06/2018
    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
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae10/06/2018
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria10/06/2018
    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 splendens10/06/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum10/06/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans10/08/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlack-tailed SkimmerOrthetrum cancellatum10/06/2018