Braunstone Park

    Getting There

    From Hinckley Road (A50), approximately 2 miles from the city centre and near to Braunstone Leisure Centre.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 72


    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.

    Wildlife Highlights

    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.


    Further Information
    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameri05/10/2019Nicola Bashforth
    Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameri05/10/2019Nicola Bashforth
    NuthatchSitta europaea28/09/2019Nicola Bashforth
    Indian BalsamImpatiens glandulifera28/09/2019Nicola Bashforth
    Rose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameri28/09/2019Nicola Bashforth
    SwiftApus apus10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Yellow IrisIris pseudacorus10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Grey HeronArdea cinerea10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Small TortoiseshellAglais urticae10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Common Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Banded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Black-tailed SkimmerOrthetrum cancellatum10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Honey BeeApis mellifera10/06/2018David Nicholls
    Swollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis10/06/2018David Nicholls

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera10/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius10/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum10/06/2018
    BeetlesCrepidodera aurea10/08/2017
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis10/06/2018
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos19/04/2016
    BirdsGreylag GooseAnser anser19/04/2016
    BirdsSwiftApus apus10/06/2018
    BirdsGrey HeronArdea cinerea10/06/2018
    BirdsTufted DuckAythya fuligula19/04/2016
    BirdsCanada GooseBranta canadensis10/08/2017
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus10/08/2017
    BirdsMute SwanCygnus olor10/08/2017
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major10/08/2017
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus19/04/2016
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis10/08/2017
    BirdsRose-ringed ParakeetPsittacula krameri05/10/2019
    BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea28/09/2019
    BugsCommon PondskaterGerris lacustris10/08/2017
    BugsForest BugPentatoma rufipes10/08/2017
    BugsSigara dorsalis10/08/2017
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae10/06/2018
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria10/06/2018
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi10/08/2017
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus10/08/2017
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta10/08/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis10/08/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesMigrant HawkerAeshna mixta10/08/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens10/08/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum10/08/2017