Brocks Hill Country Park

    Wildlife Highlights

    Brocks Hill is rich in invertebrate species, with good numbers of bees and butterflies recorded on site. Over 60 species of bee and wasp have been sighted, with an abundance of bumblebees utilising the meadows throughout the summer months. A field pond in the largest meadow is a LWS due to the presence of over 10 smooth newts, recorded in 2005 and again in 2017. Protected species including 3 species of bat, badger, grass snake, common frog and common toad all inhabit the country park.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 680


    Brocks Hill Country Park was opened in 1999 and covers 67 acres, containing young broadleaved plantation woodland, orchards, hedgerows, ponds, meadows and a medieval ridge and furrow field, with a network of accessible paths. Some of the grasslands have been in existence since the country park was previously farmland, however, the newer wildflower meadows also contain a range of species. The combination of habitats and garden areas make Brocks Hill a biodiverse urban-fringe site. Lucas Marsh, a Wildlife Trust nature reserve, adjoins the park.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Field ScabiousKnautia arvensis08/07/2019JamieG
    Opium PoppyPapaver somniferum08/07/2019JamieG
    Hop TrefoilTrifolium campestre08/07/2019JamieG
    Bank VoleClethrionomys glareolus02/07/2019JamieG
    The MulleinCucullia verbasci17/06/2019JamieG
    HedgehogErinaceus europaeus13/06/2019JamieG
    Bee OrchidOphrys apifera13/06/2019JamieG
    Blue ShieldbugZicrona caerulea30/05/2019JamieG
    Three-cornered GarlicAllium triquetrum14/05/2019JamieG
    FringecupsTellima grandiflora14/05/2019JamieG
    Hedgehog SlugArion intermedius10/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Arion distinctus10/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Garden SlugArion hortensis10/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Budapest SlugTandonia budapestensis10/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Smooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula10/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Further Information

    Brocks Hill Country Park - Oadby & Wigston Borough Council website

    Managed By
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo14/03/2017
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris16/03/2017
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria16/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena bicolor18/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria10/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow-legged Mining BeeAndrena flavipes10/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva10/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa05/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nigroaenea10/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nitida07/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena scotica18/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRam's-horn Gall WaspAndricus aries03/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix03/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus grossulariae03/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari10/05/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola06/09/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis27/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus quercuscorticis06/09/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEuropean Wool-carder BeeAnthidium manicatum10/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes18/03/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera10/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida05/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBarbut's Cuckoo BeeBombus barbutellus28/06/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsField Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus campestris08/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGarden BumblebeeBombus hortorum10/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum05/06/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius18/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.12/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum16/09/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum07/06/2015