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: 410
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|
|Holly Blue||Celastrina argiolus||15/08/2017||Ben Devine|
|Shaggy Parasol||Chlorophyllum rhacodes||11/08/2017||Peter Smith|
|Horse Mushroom||Agaricus arvensis||11/08/2017||Peter Smith|
|Evacanthus interruptus||11/08/2017||Peter Smith|
|Pride-of-India||Koelreuteria paniculata||30/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|+ new species||30/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Cinnabar||Tyria jacobaeae||30/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Common Carpet||Epirrhoe alternata||30/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Common Drone Fly||Eristalis tenax||30/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Strawberry Snail||Trochulus striolatus||30/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Lombardy Poplar||Populus nigra var. Italica||30/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|White Poplar||Populus alba||30/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Yellow Dung Fly||Scathophaga stercoraria||30/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Yellow Stainer||Agaricus xanthodermus||30/07/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Glistening Inkcap||Coprinellus micaceus||30/07/2017||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.