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.

    Further Information

    Brocks Hill Country Park - Oadby & Wigston Borough Council website

    Managed By
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 692


    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
    Buff-tipPhalera bucephala30/08/2019JamieG
    Nettle-leaved BellflowerCampanula trachelium12/08/2019JamieG
    Nettle-leaved BellflowerCampanula trachelium12/08/2019JamieG
    WeldReseda luteola12/08/2019JamieG
    Great MulleinVerbascum thapsus12/08/2019JamieG
    Meadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis08/08/2019JamieG
    Tufted VetchVicia cracca08/08/2019JamieG
    Corizus hyoscyami08/08/2019JamieG
    Pale Straw PearlUdea lutealis02/08/2019JamieG
    Satin Grass-veneerCrambus perlella02/08/2019JamieG
    Lesser BurdockArctium minus30/07/2019JamieG
    SkylarkAlauda arvensis30/07/2019JamieG
    YellowhammerEmberiza citrinella30/07/2019JamieG
    Brown ArgusAricia agestis30/07/2019JamieG
    Common Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus30/07/2019JamieG

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo14/03/2017
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris23/03/2017
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria07/05/2015
    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 aries21/11/2014
    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 plumipes18/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera10/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida10/05/2019
    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 hypnorum14/05/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius12/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.03/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum29/03/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum07/06/2015