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: 414
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|
|Yellow Archangel||Lamiastrum galeobdolon||15/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Oxford Ragwort||Senecio squalidus||14/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Robin||Erithacus rubecula||14/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Scots Pine||Pinus sylvestris||14/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Lepraria incana agg.||14/12/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Coastal Redwood||Sequoia sempervirens||28/11/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker||Dendrocopos major||28/11/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Oyster Mushroom||Pleurotus ostreatus||26/11/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Fly Agaric||Amanita muscaria||24/11/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Opium Poppy||Papaver somniferum||24/11/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Prickly Sow-thistle||Sonchus asper||24/11/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Wall Cotoneaster||Cotoneaster horizontalis||24/11/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Maidenhair Tree||Ginkgo biloba||24/11/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Wall-rue||Asplenium ruta-muraria||24/11/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Field Blewit||Lepista saeva||22/11/2017||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.