Aylestone Meadows

Wildlife Highlights

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.

Wild places

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.

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Emperor DragonflyAnax imperator06/07/2017David Gould
Brown HawkerAeshna grandis06/07/2017David Gould
Banded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens06/07/2017David Gould
Hummingbird Hawk-mothMacroglossum stellatarum30/06/2017MFBraker
HedgehogErinaceus europaeus30/05/2017Deb Hulbert
MoorhenGallinula chloropus30/05/2017Deb Hulbert
Red-legged PartridgeAlectoris rufa30/05/2017Deb Hulbert
BrooklimeVeronica beccabunga25/05/2017David Gould
Empis tessellata25/05/2017David Gould
Red CloverTrifolium pratense25/05/2017David Gould
Cionus alauda25/05/2017David Gould
Green Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula23/05/2017Margaret McLoughlin
Apion frumentarium23/05/2017Margaret McLoughlin
Rhagio scolopaceus23/05/2017Margaret McLoughlin
Figwort WeevilCionus scrophulariae23/05/2017Annie Smith
Getting There

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.

Managed By
Leicester City Council

Group Common Name Latin Name Last Seen
AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo08/04/2010
AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris27/05/2016
AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria27/05/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsAchaius oratorius04/09/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes15/04/2012
Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera25/09/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius26/04/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum18/06/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris09/06/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsGorytes laticinctus16/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus31/03/2009
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Red AntMyrmica rubra07/04/2011
Bees, Wasps, AntsFabricius' Nomad BeeNomada fabriciana09/06/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris11/10/2015
Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata01/05/2017
Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata18/05/2013
BeetlesAltica lythri13/05/2010
BeetlesWater LadybirdAnisosticta novemdecimpunctata17/09/2015
BeetlesApion frumentarium23/05/2017
BeetlesAplotarsus incanus18/05/2013
BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis18/05/2013
BeetlesBembidion lunulatum31/03/2009
BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata18/04/2015
BeetlesCantharis nigra18/06/2016
BeetlesCantharis pallida04/06/2016
BeetlesCantharis rustica04/06/2016
BeetlesViolet Ground BeetleCarabus violaceus18/09/2015
BeetlesTortoise BeetleCassida vibex18/05/2013
BeetlesKidney-spot LadybirdChilocorus renipustulatus07/05/2016
BeetlesChrysolina oricalcia09/06/2016