University Botanic Gardens

    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.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 335


    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.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Large WhitePieris brassicae05/05/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria05/05/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Corizus hyoscyami05/05/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Smooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris25/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Epistrophe eligans25/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    GoldfinchCarduelis carduelis25/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines25/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    MallardAnas platyrhynchos25/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Red-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius25/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Common WaspVespula vulgaris25/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Grey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis25/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    SpringbeautyClaytonia perfoliata22/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Small Black AntLasius niger22/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Hairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes22/04/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Honey BeeApis mellifera22/04/2018Saharima 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

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.19/02/2017
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo01/04/2017
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris25/04/2018
    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, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis31/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEuropean Wool-carder BeeAnthidium manicatum04/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes22/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera05/04/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsField Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus campestris19/06/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGarden BumblebeeBombus hortorum06/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum07/08/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius22/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.15/03/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum06/07/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum07/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHill Cuckoo BeeBombus rupestris16/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris30/06/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris06/07/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis06/07/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsIchneumon extensorius07/04/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger20/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus28/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum31/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris25/04/2018
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata23/04/2017