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: 419
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|
|Buzzard||Buteo buteo||17/10/2017||David Gould|
|Phytoliriomyza melampyga||16/10/2017||Peter Smith|
|Indian Balsam||Impatiens glandulifera||04/10/2017||Peter Smith|
|Phytoliriomyza melampyga||04/10/2017||Peter Smith|
|Indian Bean Tree||Catalpa bignonioides||03/09/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Small-leaved Lime||Tilia cordata||03/09/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Sloe Bug||Dolycoris baccarum||03/09/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Pemphigus spyrothecae||01/09/2017||Peter Smith|
|Large Rose Sawfly||Arge pagana||01/09/2017||Peter Smith|
|Chicken of the Woods||Laetiporus sulphureus||28/08/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|London Midget||Phyllonorycter platani||28/08/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Nettle Groundbug||Heterogaster urticae||28/08/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Shaggy Scalycap||Pholiota squarrosa||28/08/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Purple Toadflax||Linaria purpurea||28/08/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Shaggy Soldier||Galinsoga quadriradiata||28/08/2017||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.