Abbey Park

    Wildlife Highlights

    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.

    Wild places

    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.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Rosemary BeetleChrysolina americana20/06/2018Peter Smith
    Red-crested PochardNetta rufina02/06/2018Mike Simpson
    BuzzardButeo buteo23/05/2018revok_uk
    Tufted DuckAythya fuligula13/05/2018Robert Carter
    Canada GooseBranta canadensis13/05/2018Robert Carter
    CootFulica atra13/05/2018Robert Carter
    Great Black-backed GullLarus marinus13/05/2018Robert Carter
    Green-veined WhitePieris napi08/05/2018Saharima Roenisch
    AshFraxinus excelsior08/05/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Red Horse-chestnutAesculus carnea06/05/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Bird CherryPrunus padus04/05/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines04/05/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Small WhitePieris rapae04/05/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Great Crested GrebePodiceps cristatus03/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Portugal LaurelPrunus lusitanica03/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Further Information
    Getting There

    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.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.04/02/2017
    Barklice & BookliceMesopsocus immunis01/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAmblyteles armatorius07/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWall Mason WaspAncistrocerus parietum11/09/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis19/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes05/05/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera06/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum31/03/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius09/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.10/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum06/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHill Cuckoo BeeBombus rupestris14/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris14/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris03/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis09/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsChrysis ignita19/09/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSputnik Gall WaspDiplolepis nervosa20/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger14/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsLeafcutter BeeMegachile willughbiella06/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus29/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum03/11/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGerman WaspVespula germanica05/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris03/04/2017
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata02/05/2017
    BeetlesChurchyard BeetleBlaps mucronata23/03/2018
    BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata04/04/2017
    BeetlesTortoise BeetleCassida vibex14/06/2016
    BeetlesRosemary BeetleChrysolina americana20/06/2018
    BeetlesFigwort WeevilCionus scrophulariae19/06/2013
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata06/07/2017