Abbey Park

    Wildlife Highlights

    This is a park with many different habitats, including the River Soar and several lakes. There are many mature trees, ornamental planting areas and interspersed less managed areas. The outer walls of the park provide sheltered sun spots and are good places to find insects. Bees are attracted to the nectar-rich flower plantings and there are always water birds to be seen on the river. There is a good range of fungi to be found particularly in the autumn.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 463


    Abbey Park is Leicester’s premier park and lies approximately one mile north of the City centre. The River Soar divides this beautiful park into two distinct areas: to the east of the river lies the highly decorative Victorian part of the park with its evergreen shrubberies, trees, lakes and formally planted flower displays and to the west of the river lies the fascinating Abbey Grounds. Within this area are the remains of the twelfth century Leicester Abbey and the ruins of Cavendish House, a seventeenth century mansion.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Black NightshadeSolanum nigrum12/08/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Collared DoveStreptopelia decaocto12/08/2018Saharima Roenisch
    DogwoodCornus sanguinea12/08/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Laburnum Leaf MinerLeucoptera laburnella06/08/2018Peter Smith
    Common DarterSympetrum striolatum06/08/2018Peter Smith
    Mute SwanCygnus olor03/08/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Little GrebeTachybaptus ruficollis03/08/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Great Pond SnailLymnaea stagnalis03/08/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Dock BugCoreus marginatus03/08/2018Saharima Roenisch
    7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata03/08/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Blue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans03/08/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Common Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum03/08/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Sycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum03/08/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Violet Bramble RustPhragmidium violaceum03/08/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Hedgerow Crane's-billGeranium pyrenaicum03/08/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Further Information
    Getting There

    The park lies about a mile from Leicester city centre, along St Margaret's Way. There are several entrances but the main access is off Abbey Park Road. There is a car park near to Pet's Corner, on Abbey Park Road neat to the junction with St. Margaret's Road.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.04/02/2017
    Barklice & BookliceMesopsocus immunis01/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAmblyteles armatorius07/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWall Mason WaspAncistrocerus parietum11/09/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis19/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes05/05/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera22/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum31/03/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius22/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum06/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHill Cuckoo BeeBombus rupestris14/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris14/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris03/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis09/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsChrysis ignita19/09/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSputnik Gall WaspDiplolepis nervosa20/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger14/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus29/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum29/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGerman WaspVespula germanica05/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris03/04/2017
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata02/05/2017
    BeetlesChurchyard BeetleBlaps mucronata23/03/2018
    BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata04/04/2017
    BeetlesTortoise BeetleCassida vibex14/06/2016
    BeetlesRosemary BeetleChrysolina americana20/06/2018
    BeetlesFigwort WeevilCionus scrophulariae19/06/2013
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata11/09/2010
    BeetlesCryptocephalus pusillus14/07/2017
    BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula02/04/2017