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: 447


    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
    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
    Colt's-footTussilago farfara03/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    ButterburPetasites hybridus03/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Common NettleUrtica dioica03/04/2018Saharima 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
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album19/08/2010
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Field GrasshopperChorthippus brunneus19/08/2010
    WildflowersCanadian FleabaneConyza canadensis19/08/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWall Mason WaspAncistrocerus parietum11/09/2010
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum11/09/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsChrysis ignita19/09/2010
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina19/09/2010
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesTachina fera19/09/2010
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesTephritis formosa19/09/2010
    HoverfliesSyrphus ribesii19/09/2010
    HoverfliesSyrphus vitripennis19/09/2010
    WildflowersPetty SpurgeEuphorbia peplus19/09/2010
    MammalsBrown RatRattus norvegicus25/09/2010
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesAmobia signata06/05/2011
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesHebecnema species06/05/2011
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesHelina sexmaculata06/05/2011
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBlack-horned GemMicrochrysa polita06/05/2011
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesSarcophaga sp.06/05/2011
    MothsClouded DrabOrthosia incerta06/05/2011
    WildflowersDove's-foot Crane's-billGeranium molle06/05/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum20/05/2011
    BugsNettle AphidMicrolophium carnosum20/05/2011
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon ReedPhragmites australis20/05/2011
    HoverfliesEpistrophe eligans20/05/2011
    HoverfliesMyathropa florea20/05/2011
    WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare20/05/2011
    WildflowersSmooth Sow-thistleSonchus oleraceus20/05/2011
    WildflowersTansyTanacetum vulgare20/05/2011
    BirdsCootFulica atra09/06/2011
    CaddisfliesLimnephilus lunatus09/06/2011