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: 595


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
Red FoxVulpes vulpes14/02/2018David Gould
GoosanderMergus merganser13/02/2018David Gould
GoosanderMergus merganser24/12/2017Mike Simpson
Water ShrewNeomys fodiens19/11/2017David Gould
Geomyza tripunctata08/10/2017David Gould
KestrelFalco tinnunculus24/09/2017David Gould
Guelder RoseViburnum opulus24/09/2017David Gould
YarrowAchillea millefolium24/09/2017David Gould
7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata24/09/2017David Gould
GypsywortLycopus europaeus24/09/2017David Gould
Bramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.24/09/2017David Gould
Hedge BindweedCalystegia sepium24/09/2017David Gould
AlderAlnus glutinosa24/09/2017David Gould
Lesser Water-parsnipBerula erecta17/09/2017David Gould
Voria ruralis17/09/2017David 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 mellifera25/09/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius26/04/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum18/05/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris09/06/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsGorytes laticinctus16/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus31/03/2009
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Red AntMyrmica rubra07/04/2011
Bees, Wasps, AntsFabricius' Nomad BeeNomada fabriciana09/06/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris11/10/2015
Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata18/05/2013
Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata18/05/2013
BeetlesAltica lythri13/05/2010
BeetlesWater LadybirdAnisosticta novemdecimpunctata06/08/2016
BeetlesApion frumentarium23/05/2017
BeetlesAplotarsus incanus18/05/2013
BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis18/05/2013
BeetlesBembidion lunulatum31/03/2009
BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata18/04/2015
BeetlesCantharis nigra26/06/2016
BeetlesCantharis pallida04/06/2016
BeetlesCantharis rustica04/06/2016
BeetlesViolet Ground BeetleCarabus violaceus18/09/2015
BeetlesTortoise BeetleCassida vibex12/07/2012
BeetlesKidney-spot LadybirdChilocorus renipustulatus07/05/2016