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: 422


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
Small NettleUrtica urens16/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
Herring GullLarus argentatus16/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
Black-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus16/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
MoorhenGallinula chloropus16/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
Maidenhair SpleenwortAsplenium trichomanes07/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
Wood DuckAix sponsa06/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
Carrion CrowCorvus corone06/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
Tufted DuckAythya fuligula06/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
CootFulica atra06/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
Greylag GooseAnser anser06/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
Brown RatRattus norvegicus06/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
YarrowAchillea millefolium06/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
Common Rough WoodlousePorcellio scaber06/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
Mute SwanCygnus olor02/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
Common GullLarus canus02/01/2018Saharima 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 mellifera06/07/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum31/03/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius09/07/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.10/07/2017
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, AntsLeafcutter BeeMegachile willughbiella06/07/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus29/07/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum03/11/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsGerman WaspVespula germanica05/10/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris08/07/2017
Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata02/05/2017
BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata04/04/2017
BeetlesTortoise BeetleCassida vibex14/06/2016
BeetlesFigwort WeevilCionus scrophulariae19/06/2013
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata11/09/2010
BeetlesCryptocephalus pusillus14/07/2017
BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula02/04/2017