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.
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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Black Nightshade||Solanum nigrum||12/08/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Collared Dove||Streptopelia decaocto||12/08/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Dogwood||Cornus sanguinea||12/08/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Laburnum Leaf Miner||Leucoptera laburnella||06/08/2018||Peter Smith|
|Common Darter||Sympetrum striolatum||06/08/2018||Peter Smith|
|Mute Swan||Cygnus olor||03/08/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Little Grebe||Tachybaptus ruficollis||03/08/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Great Pond Snail||Lymnaea stagnalis||03/08/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Dock Bug||Coreus marginatus||03/08/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|7 Spot Ladybird||Coccinella septempunctata||03/08/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Blue-tailed Damselfly||Ischnura elegans||03/08/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Common Flower Bug||Anthocoris nemorum||03/08/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Sycamore Tarspot||Rhytisma acerinum||03/08/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Violet Bramble Rust||Phragmidium violaceum||03/08/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Hedgerow Crane's-bill||Geranium pyrenaicum||03/08/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
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.