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: 614


    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
    Ivy BeeColletes hederae15/09/2018David Gould
    Common Oak MidgetPhyllonorycter quercifoliella02/09/2018David Gould
    Forest BugPentatoma rufipes25/08/2018David Gould
    Nigma walckenaeri25/08/2018David Gould
    Allygus modestus25/08/2018David Gould
    Marsh WoundwortStachys palustris19/08/2018David Gould
    Branched Bur-reedSparganium erectum19/08/2018David Gould
    Wild AngelicaAngelica sylvestris19/08/2018David Gould
    Harlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis12/08/2018David Gould
    GypsywortLycopus europaeus12/08/2018David Gould
    Water MintMentha aquatica12/08/2018David Gould
    Lesser Water-parsnipBerula erecta12/08/2018David Gould
    Volucella inanis12/08/2018David Gould
    Marsh WoundwortStachys palustris12/08/2018David Gould
    Blue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans12/08/2018David Gould
    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 temporaria06/08/2016
    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, AntsIvy BeeColletes hederae15/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGorytes laticinctus16/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus31/03/2009
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFabricius' Nomad BeeNomada fabriciana09/06/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris12/08/2018
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata27/04/2007
    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 rustica04/06/2016
    BeetlesViolet Ground BeetleCarabus violaceus18/09/2015
    BeetlesTortoise BeetleCassida vibex27/04/2007
    BeetlesKidney-spot LadybirdChilocorus renipustulatus07/05/2016
    BeetlesCionus alauda25/05/2017