Bradgate Park

Wildlife Highlights

Birdlife is profuse - the reservoir attracts many species of wildfowl, as does the river, and the spinneys provide secluded nesting areas for many other species, including large colonies of rooks and jackdaws. Species such as yellowhammer, reed bunting, skylark and meadow pipit are a common sight in the open areas of the park. Deadly nightshade is allowed to grow within the ruins of Bradgate House, having been originally established there during World War II by Leicester Polytechnic's School of Pharmacy for medicinal purposes.

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 645


Bradgate Park is Leicestershire’s most popular park. Located in Charnwood Forest just northwest of Leicester it covers 850 acres (3 km²). The River Lin runs through it, flowing into Cropston Reservoir which was constructed on part of the park. To the north-east lies Swithland Wood. The park's two well known landmarks, Old John and the war memorial, both lie close to the 200m contour. The landscape is rocky moorland with a covering of coarse grass and bracken. Several spinneys of woodland (pine and mixed deciduous) are enclosed by stone walls, and are not accessible to the public. There are a number of magnificent specimens of ancient oaks several hundreds of years old. The park is home to herds of red deer and fallow deer.

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Carrion CrowCorvus corone10/10/2017Alan Semper
Halesus radiatus10/10/2017Alan Semper
Girdled SnailHygromia cinctella10/10/2017Alan Semper
Trentepohlia sp.10/10/2017Alan Semper
Yellow ClubClavulinopsis helvola10/10/2017Alan Semper
Wall-rueAsplenium ruta-muraria10/10/2017Alan Semper
Common PuffballLycoperdon perlatum10/10/2017Alan Semper
Fallow DeerDama dama10/10/2017Alan Semper
Fly AgaricAmanita muscaria10/10/2017Alan Semper
Brown Birch BoleteLeccinum scabrum10/10/2017Alan Semper
Red DeerCervus elaphus10/10/2017Alan Semper
HenbaneHyoscyamus niger10/10/2017Alan Semper
Yellow-line QuakerAgrochola macilenta08/10/2017MFBraker
Beaded ChestnutAgrochola lychnidis08/10/2017MFBraker
The ChestnutConistra vaccinii08/10/2017MFBraker
Getting There

The park lies between the villages of Newtown Linford, Anstey, Cropston, Woodhouse Eaves and Swithland. There are pay car parks at Cropston Reservoir, Newtown Linford, and Hunts Hill (at the top of the park near Old John). The park is open from dawn until dusk all year round, though the public footpaths which run through the area mean that in practice the park is always accessible. There is a visitors' centre (with cafe) at Newtown Linford, and another in the centre of the park named the Deer Barn near Bradgate House. It is also possible to travel to the park by bus with routes from both Leicester and Loughborough.

Managed By
The Bradgate Park Trust

Group Common Name Latin Name Last Seen
Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.10/10/2017
AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria10/08/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena humilis15/07/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsGirdled Mining BeeAndrena labiata26/05/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena ovatula06/06/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix15/03/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari10/10/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis19/09/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida08/05/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris20/05/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca12/07/2011
Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus01/05/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis10/08/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum10/08/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro18/09/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris07/10/2013
BeetlesAmpedus balteatus20/06/2010
BeetlesOak Leaf-rollerAttelabus nitens23/07/2017
BeetlesCantharis cryptica20/05/2016
BeetlesCantharis livida23/05/2016
BeetlesCantharis nigra10/07/2013
BeetlesCarabus problematicus20/10/2016
BeetlesGreen Tiger BeetleCicindela campestris03/06/2017
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata24/03/2017
BeetlesDonacia semicuprea01/06/2014
BeetlesLesser Stag BeetleDorcus parallelipipedus15/06/2014
BeetlesGeotrupes spiniger10/08/2017
BeetlesGeotrupes stercorarius18/09/2013
BeetlesWelsh ChaferHoplia philanthus21/06/2017
BeetlesMycetophagus piceus21/09/2013