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: 594
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|
|Grammoptera ruficornis||17/06/2017||David Gould|
|Nettle-tap||Anthophila fabriciana||17/06/2017||David Gould|
|Elder||Sambucus nigra||03/06/2017||David Gould|
|Grammoptera ruficornis||03/06/2017||David Gould|
|Lesser Stitchwort||Stellaria graminea||03/06/2017||David Gould|
|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|
|Pheasant||Phasianus colchicus||28/05/2017||David Gould|
|Common Wave||Cabera exanthemata||28/05/2017||David Gould|
|Green Dock Beetle||Gastrophysa viridula||28/05/2017||David Gould|
|Speckled Wood||Pararge aegeria||28/05/2017||David Gould|
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.