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: 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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Red Fox||Vulpes vulpes||14/02/2018||David Gould|
|Goosander||Mergus merganser||13/02/2018||David Gould|
|Goosander||Mergus merganser||24/12/2017||Mike Simpson|
|Water Shrew||Neomys fodiens||19/11/2017||David Gould|
|Geomyza tripunctata||08/10/2017||David Gould|
|Kestrel||Falco tinnunculus||24/09/2017||David Gould|
|Guelder Rose||Viburnum opulus||24/09/2017||David Gould|
|Yarrow||Achillea millefolium||24/09/2017||David Gould|
|7 Spot Ladybird||Coccinella septempunctata||24/09/2017||David Gould|
|Gypsywort||Lycopus europaeus||24/09/2017||David Gould|
|Bramble agg.||Rubus fruticosus agg.||24/09/2017||David Gould|
|Hedge Bindweed||Calystegia sepium||24/09/2017||David Gould|
|Alder||Alnus glutinosa||24/09/2017||David Gould|
|Lesser Water-parsnip||Berula erecta||17/09/2017||David Gould|
|Voria ruralis||17/09/2017||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.