One of the main areas of interest is the unimproved grassland meadow area to the north of Winstanley House which is managed through traditional cut and bale to remove arisings and keep nutrients low. This is a Local Wildlife Site and contains many indicator species such as Lady’s bedstraw, Pignut, Pepper Saxifrage, Harebell and Knapweed which attract a range of insects. Chimney sweep and Burnet day-flying moths are regularly seen during the summer.
Harebells have been identified on the edge of the grass verges adjacent to the football pitches and Braunstone Brook.
The mature veteran trees have been studied and are known to be an important local habitat for saprophytic organisms which live on dead or decaying organic matter. Previous studies on beetles by Derek Lott found several nationally rare beetles to be present.
The Walled Garden is located behind the old stables which are currently used as offices for the City Council. The Gardens have retained their traditional layout and are managed well to retain their structure and diversity. The range of species ensures a long flowering period to support insects and nesting birds.
The formal Lakes support a good range of waterfowl which is dominated by Canada Geese and Mute Swan. Recent improvements to the island within the Lake have created additional habitat refuges for smaller waterfowl, fish and invertebrates.
The woodland areas around the old Hall contain a range of mature trees which support families of Jays regularly seen on the edge of the lower car park by the Lakes. Song thrushes are regularly seen across the wide expanses of amenity grassland and Kingfishers are commonly observed flitting along the Braunstone Brook which supports a healthy population of sticklebacks.
From Hinckley Road (A50), approximately 2 miles from the city centre and near to Braunstone Leisure Centre.
Total species seen at this site: 69
The 168 acres of Braunstone Park are a reminder of Braunstone’s pastoral heritage with large areas of well-established open parkland, veteran oak trees, woodlands spinneys and meadows which were once attached to Braunstone Hall (now called Winstanley House after its previous owners).
Numerous meandering paths enable visitors to stroll and enjoy the park's many delightful aspects. Two lakes on the southern boundary attract a wide variety of wildlife including migrating birds. Formal gardens include a WW2 memorial garden, a Walled Garden and Azalea Garden.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Swift||Apus apus||10/06/2018||David Nicholls|
|Yellow Iris||Iris pseudacorus||10/06/2018||David Nicholls|
|Grey Heron||Ardea cinerea||10/06/2018||David Nicholls|
|Small Tortoiseshell||Aglais urticae||10/06/2018||David Nicholls|
|Speckled Wood||Pararge aegeria||10/06/2018||David Nicholls|
|Common Blue Damselfly||Enallagma cyathigerum||10/06/2018||David Nicholls|
|Banded Demoiselle||Calopteryx splendens||10/06/2018||David Nicholls|
|Black-tailed Skimmer||Orthetrum cancellatum||10/06/2018||David Nicholls|
|Honey Bee||Apis mellifera||10/06/2018||David Nicholls|
|Swollen-thighed Beetle||Oedemera nobilis||10/06/2018||David Nicholls|
|Common Carder Bumblebee||Bombus pascuorum||10/06/2018||David Nicholls|
|Red-tailed Bumblebee||Bombus lapidarius||10/06/2018||David Nicholls|
|Common Carp||Cyprinus carpio||10/06/2018||David Nicholls|
|Freshwater Shrimp||Gammarus pulex||11/10/2017||David Nicholls|
|Water Hog-louse||Asellus aquaticus||11/10/2017||David Nicholls|