This is a park with many different habitats, including the River Soar and several lakes. There are many mature trees, ornamental planting areas and interspersed less managed areas. The outer walls of the park provide sheltered sun spots and are good places to find insects. Bees are attracted to the nectar-rich flower plantings and there are always water birds to be seen on the river. There is a good range of fungi to be found particularly in the autumn.
Total species seen at this site: 449
Abbey Park is Leicester’s premier park and lies approximately one mile north of the City centre. The River Soar divides this beautiful park into two distinct areas: to the east of the river lies the highly decorative Victorian part of the park with its evergreen shrubberies, trees, lakes and formally planted flower displays and to the west of the river lies the fascinating Abbey Grounds. Within this area are the remains of the twelfth century Leicester Abbey and the ruins of Cavendish House, a seventeenth century mansion.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Rosemary Beetle||Chrysolina americana||20/06/2018||Peter Smith|
|Red-crested Pochard||Netta rufina||02/06/2018||Mike Simpson|
|Tufted Duck||Aythya fuligula||13/05/2018||Robert Carter|
|Canada Goose||Branta canadensis||13/05/2018||Robert Carter|
|Coot||Fulica atra||13/05/2018||Robert Carter|
|Great Black-backed Gull||Larus marinus||13/05/2018||Robert Carter|
|Green-veined White||Pieris napi||08/05/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Ash||Fraxinus excelsior||08/05/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Red Horse-chestnut||Aesculus carnea||06/05/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Bird Cherry||Prunus padus||04/05/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Orange Tip||Anthocharis cardamines||04/05/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Small White||Pieris rapae||04/05/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Great Crested Grebe||Podiceps cristatus||03/04/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Portugal Laurel||Prunus lusitanica||03/04/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
The park lies about a mile from Leicester city centre, along St Margaret's Way. There are several entrances but the main access is off Abbey Park Road. There is a car park near to Pet's Corner, on Abbey Park Road neat to the junction with St. Margaret's Road.