Aylestone Meadows


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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.

Other Wild Places

Total species seen at this site: 560


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.

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Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Common Meadow-rueThalictrum flavum02/04/2017David Gould
Hairy Bitter-cressCardamine hirsuta02/04/2017David Gould
Garden Grape-hyacinth agg.Muscari armeniacum agg.30/03/2017David Gould
Marsh-marigoldCaltha palustris26/03/2017David Gould
Hart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium25/03/2017David Gould
BuzzardButeo buteo25/03/2017David Gould
Idiocerus herrichi25/03/2017David Gould
Idiocerus herrichi25/03/2017David Gould
Sweet VioletViola odorata17/03/2017David Gould
Sweet VioletViola odorata17/03/2017David Gould
Song ThrushTurdus philomelos04/03/2017Robert Carter
Song ThrushTurdus philomelos04/03/2017Robert Carter
BlackbirdTurdus merula04/03/2017Robert Carter
Wood PigeonColumba palumbus04/03/2017Robert Carter
Myrobalan PlumPrunus cerasifera04/03/2017Robert Carter

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

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Species List

Group Common Name Latin Name Last Seen
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 mellifera09/06/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius26/04/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum18/06/2016
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
BeetlesAplotarsus incanus18/05/2013
BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis18/05/2013
BeetlesBembidion lunulatum31/03/2009
BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata18/04/2015
BeetlesCantharis nigra12/07/2013
BeetlesCantharis pallida04/06/2016
BeetlesCantharis rustica04/06/2016
BeetlesViolet Ground BeetleCarabus violaceus18/09/2015
BeetlesTortoise BeetleCassida vibex27/04/2007
BeetlesKidney-spot LadybirdChilocorus renipustulatus07/05/2016
BeetlesChrysolina oricalcia09/06/2016
BeetlesFigwort WeevilCionus scrophulariae11/09/2016

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