University Botanic Gardens
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.
Total species seen at this site: 346
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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Field Cuckoo Bumblebee||Bombus campestris||14/08/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Field Mushroom||Agaricus campestris||14/08/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Common Purple & Gold||Pyrausta purpuralis||14/08/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Holly Blue||Celastrina argiolus||14/08/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Small White||Pieris rapae||14/08/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Thick-legged Hoverfly||Syritta pipiens||14/08/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Shaggy Parasol||Chlorophyllum rhacodes||13/08/2017||Saharima Roenisch|
|Garden Bumblebee||Bombus hortorum||06/08/2017||Maggie Frankum|
|Early Bumblebee||Bombus pratorum||06/08/2017||Maggie Frankum|
|Common Carder Bumblebee||Bombus pascuorum||06/08/2017||Maggie Frankum|
|Buff-tailed Bumblebee||Bombus terrestris||06/08/2017||Maggie Frankum|
|White-tailed Bumble Bee||Bombus lucorum agg.||06/08/2017||Maggie Frankum|
|Red-tailed Bumblebee||Bombus lapidarius||06/08/2017||Maggie Frankum|
|Tree Bumblebee||Bombus hypnorum||06/08/2017||Maggie Frankum|
|Vestal Cuckoo Bumblebee||Bombus vestalis||06/08/2017||Maggie Frankum|
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