The area is a good all-round site for birds and occasionally throws up something unusual during migration time. It is very rich in insect life too. Some parts have notable flowers, with Marsh Marigolds growing in profusion near to the pack horse bridge in Aylestone and Restharrow along the disused Great Central Railway.
Total species seen at this site: 592
Aylestone Meadows is the best area for wildlife within the city of Leicester. It is a sizeable green wedge along the River Soar and Grand Union Canal and is also bisected by the former Great Central Railway line - now a popular walking and cycling route. In the past, a large area of the flood meadows was used as a landfill site and today the landscaped mound is used as a sports pitch. The mixture of aquatic habitats, grazed meadows, ponds and rough grassland provides a rich and diverse habitat for much wildlife.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Emperor Dragonfly||Anax imperator||06/07/2017||David Gould|
|Brown Hawker||Aeshna grandis||06/07/2017||David Gould|
|Banded Demoiselle||Calopteryx splendens||06/07/2017||David Gould|
|Hummingbird Hawk-moth||Macroglossum stellatarum||30/06/2017||MFBraker|
|Hedgehog||Erinaceus europaeus||30/05/2017||Deb Hulbert|
|Moorhen||Gallinula chloropus||30/05/2017||Deb Hulbert|
|Red-legged Partridge||Alectoris rufa||30/05/2017||Deb Hulbert|
|Brooklime||Veronica beccabunga||25/05/2017||David Gould|
|Empis tessellata||25/05/2017||David Gould|
|Red Clover||Trifolium pratense||25/05/2017||David Gould|
|Cionus alauda||25/05/2017||David Gould|
|Green Dock Beetle||Gastrophysa viridula||23/05/2017||Margaret McLoughlin|
|Apion frumentarium||23/05/2017||Margaret McLoughlin|
|Rhagio scolopaceus||23/05/2017||Margaret McLoughlin|
|Figwort Weevil||Cionus scrophulariae||23/05/2017||Annie Smith|
There are several access points with free car parking. Canal Street, off Aylestone Road, provides good access to the city end and the car park at the end of Sanvey Lane in Aylestone village leads you into the more southern part.