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: 601


    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
    Goat's-rueGalega officinalis28/06/2018Robert Carter
    SwallowHirundo rustica23/06/2018David Gould
    MagpiePica pica16/06/2018Robert Carter
    RabbitOryctolagus cuniculus16/06/2018Robert Carter
    Grey HeronArdea cinerea16/06/2018Robert Carter
    BlackbirdTurdus merula16/06/2018Robert Carter
    PheasantPhasianus colchicus16/06/2018Robert Carter
    Meadow Crane's-billGeranium pratense16/06/2018Robert Carter
    Wood PigeonColumba palumbus16/06/2018Robert Carter
    Grey HeronArdea cinerea03/06/2018Robert Carter
    RabbitOryctolagus cuniculus03/06/2018Robert Carter
    MallardAnas platyrhynchos03/06/2018Robert Carter
    BlackbirdTurdus merula03/06/2018Robert Carter
    Little EgretEgretta garzetta19/05/2018Robert Carter
    RabbitOryctolagus cuniculus19/05/2018Robert Carter
    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
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusMossy Willow Catkin GallCauser unknown (Mossy Willow Gall)25/08/2017
    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 mellifera08/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius26/04/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum01/05/2017
    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 bipunctata18/05/2013
    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 vibex01/05/2017
    BeetlesKidney-spot LadybirdChilocorus renipustulatus07/05/2016