University Botanic Gardens


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Wildlife Highlights

An excellent site for bees and other nectar-feeding insects. A number of interesting fungi can be found, including species that only live in greenhouse environments.

Other Wild Places

Total species seen at this site: 314


Founded in 1921 with the assistance of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society, the University of Leicester Botanic Garden was established on its present site in Oadby in 1947. The variety of habitats and plants make this site a magnet for a wide range of wildlife. It is particularly good for bees and other nectar-feeding insects due to the abundance of flowers, with some plants in flower virtually every month of the year. The various water features attract dragonflies and damselflies.

It comprises the grounds of four houses: Beaumont, Southmeade, The Knoll and Hastings, which were built early this century and are now used as student residences. The four once-separate gardens have been merged into a single entity, whose 16 acres of lovingly cultivated grounds and greenhouses, display a wide variety of features and environments. The formal planting centres around a restored Edwardian garden.

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Latest Records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Small Black AntLasius niger20/06/2017Saharima Roenisch
Andrena nitida20/06/2017Saharima Roenisch
Red-barred TortrixDitula angustiorana20/06/2017Saharima Roenisch
Forest BugPentatoma rufipes20/06/2017Saharima Roenisch
Field HorsetailEquisetum arvense20/06/2017Saharima Roenisch
Common Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum20/06/2017Saharima Roenisch
10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata20/06/2017Saharima Roenisch
Smooth Hawk's-beardCrepis capillaris20/06/2017Saharima Roenisch
Tiger CraneflyNephrotoma flavescens19/06/2017Saharima Roenisch
Ivy-leaved ToadflaxCymbalaria muralis19/06/2017Saharima Roenisch
Common Purple & GoldPyrausta purpuralis19/06/2017Saharima Roenisch
SelfhealPrunella vulgaris19/06/2017Saharima Roenisch
The VapourerOrgyia antiqua19/06/2017Saharima Roenisch
Speckled Bush-cricketLeptophyes punctatissima19/06/2017Saharima Roenisch
Poecilobothrus nobilitatus19/06/2017Saharima Roenisch

Getting There

The Botanic Garden is situated about three miles south-east of Leicester city centre, opposite Leicester Racecourse. The visitor entrance is on Glebe Road.

By bus: from the city centre or railway station catch an Arriva 31/31A or Arriva 80/80A and alight at Glebe Road.

By car: from M1 junction 21 follow the ring road A563 to its junction with the A6 at Oadby. The Botanic Garden backs on to the roundabout at this junction. Turn left, then immediately right, into Glebe Road. If you are using a satnav, then the post code for the public entrance is LE2 2LD.

Entrance to the Botanic Garden is FREE. Normal opening times are:

    * Monday to Friday: all year (except Christmas-New Year period), 10am-4pm
    * Saturday and Sunday: from 5th February 2011 10am-4pm

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Species List

Group Common Name Latin Name Last Seen
Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.19/02/2017
AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo01/04/2017
AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris08/06/2014
AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria01/04/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsAmblyteles armatorius09/06/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena bicolor20/03/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa30/04/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nitida20/06/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus grossulariae21/11/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes01/06/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera01/06/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsField Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus campestris01/06/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsGarden BumblebeeBombus hortorum19/06/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum03/08/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius02/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.14/05/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum02/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum19/06/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsHill Cuckoo BeeBombus rupestris06/07/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris19/06/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris01/06/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis07/08/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger20/06/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris03/04/2017
Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata23/04/2017
BeetlesEyed LadybirdAnatis ocellata10/05/2015
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata15/03/2017
BeetlesLesser Stag BeetleDorcus parallelipipedus20/03/2017
BeetlesPine LadybirdExochomus quadripustulatus23/04/2017
BeetlesGastrophysa polygoni14/05/2014

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