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.
Total species seen at this site: 601
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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Water Shrew||Neomys fodiens||19/11/2017||David Gould|
|Convolvulus Hawk-moth||Agrius convolvuli||26/10/2017||Mike Simpson|
|Speckled Bush-cricket||Leptophyes punctatissima||29/07/2017||David Gould|
|Common Nettle||Urtica dioica||09/07/2017||David Gould|
|Dingy Footman||Eilema griseola||09/07/2017||David Gould|
|Speckled Bush-cricket||Leptophyes punctatissima||09/07/2017||David Gould|
|Plagiognathus arbustorum||09/07/2017||David Gould|
|Common Froghopper||Philaenus spumarius||09/07/2017||David Gould|
|Harlequin Ladybird||Harmonia axyridis||09/07/2017||David Gould|
|Indian Balsam||Impatiens glandulifera||09/07/2017||David Gould|
|Baccha elongata||09/07/2017||David Gould|
|Blue-tailed Damselfly||Ischnura elegans||09/07/2017||David Gould|
|Rhadinoceraea micans||09/07/2017||David Gould|
|Melieria crassipennis||09/07/2017||David Gould|
|Cut-leaved Crane's-bill||Geranium dissectum||07/07/2017||David Gould|
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.