Braunstone Park

Wildlife Highlights

The park has a number of interesting habitats including meadow, woodland and lakes. There are numerous mature trees of many species and as expected lots of mown grass, however the park has numerous wilder areas. The lakes attract some water birds plus dragonflies and damselflies but have limited invertebrate life due to poor water quality. The meadow includes several interesting species including Pepper Saxifrage and lots of Pignut which supports a population of Chimney Sweeper moths.

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 61


The 168 acres of Braunstone Park are a reminder of Braunstone’s pastoral heritage with large areas of well-established open parkland, woodlands spinneys and meadows.

Numerous meandering paths enable visitors to stroll and enjoy the park's many delightful aspects. Two lakes on the southern boundary attract a wide variety of wildlife including migrating birds. Formal gardens include a WW2 memorial garden, a Walled Garden and Azalea Garden.

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Freshwater ShrimpGammarus pulex11/10/2017David Nicholls
Water Hog-louseAsellus aquaticus11/10/2017David Nicholls
Wandering Pond SnailRadix balthica11/10/2017David Nicholls
Jenkins' Spire SnailPotamopyrgus antipodarum11/10/2017David Nicholls
Dwarf Pond SnailGalba truncatula11/10/2017David Nicholls
Common Bladder SnailPhysa fontinalis11/10/2017David Nicholls
BulrushTypha latifolia10/08/2017David Nicholls
Mute SwanCygnus olor10/08/2017David Nicholls
Canada GooseBranta canadensis10/08/2017David Nicholls
Wood PigeonColumba palumbus10/08/2017David Nicholls
MoorhenGallinula chloropus10/08/2017David Nicholls
MallardAnas platyrhynchos10/08/2017David Nicholls
Brown HawkerAeshna grandis10/08/2017David Nicholls
Migrant HawkerAeshna mixta10/08/2017David Nicholls
Banded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens10/08/2017David Nicholls
Further Information
Getting There

From Hinckley Road (A50), approximately 2 miles from the city centre and near to Braunstone Leisure Centre.

Managed By
Leicester City Council

Group Common name Latin name Last seen
BeetlesCrepidodera aurea10/08/2017
BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos10/08/2017
BirdsGreylag GooseAnser anser19/04/2016
BirdsGrey HeronArdea cinerea19/04/2016
BirdsTufted DuckAythya fuligula19/04/2016
BirdsCanada GooseBranta canadensis19/04/2016
BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus10/08/2017
BirdsMute SwanCygnus olor19/04/2016
BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major10/08/2017
BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus10/08/2017
BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis10/08/2017
BugsCommon PondskaterGerris lacustris10/08/2017
BugsForest BugPentatoma rufipes10/08/2017
BugsSigara dorsalis10/08/2017
ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria10/08/2017
ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi10/08/2017
ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus10/08/2017
ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta10/08/2017
Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis10/08/2017
Dragonflies and DamselfliesMigrant HawkerAeshna mixta10/08/2017
Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens10/08/2017
Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum10/08/2017
Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans10/08/2017
EarwigsCommon European EarwigForficula auricularia10/08/2017
FishThree-spined SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus10/08/2017
FishGudgeonGobio gobio10/08/2017
Flies, Gnats and MidgesCleg FlyHaematopota pluvialis24/06/2017
Flies, Gnats and MidgesPoecilobothrus nobilitatus10/08/2017
FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae30/01/2016
Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPendulous SedgeCarex pendula10/08/2017