Brocks Hill Country Park

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Managed By
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 736

    Description

    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.

    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
     

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Harvest MouseMicromys minutus30/01/2020JamieG
    Zora spinimana20/01/2020AJ Cann
    BuzzardButeo buteo20/01/2020AJ Cann
    BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula20/01/2020AJ Cann
    Diplostyla concolor20/01/2020AJ Cann
    Microneta viaria20/01/2020AJ Cann
    Nemastoma bimaculatum20/01/2020AJ Cann
    Neriene clathrata20/01/2020AJ Cann
    Pill WoodlouseArmadillidium vulgare20/01/2020AJ Cann
    Pogonognathellus longicornis20/01/2020AJ Cann
    Stenocranus major20/01/2020AJ Cann
    Tomocerus minor20/01/2020AJ Cann
    Badister bullatus20/01/2020AJ Cann
    Bembidion lampros20/01/2020AJ Cann
    Demetrias atricapillus20/01/2020AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo14/03/2017
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris16/03/2017
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria05/10/2016
    Barklice & BookliceEctopsocus petersi02/04/2017
    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 nitida08/04/2019
    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 kollari21/11/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsStunted Acorn CauserAndricus legitimus03/09/2017
    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 plumipes15/03/2017
    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 hypnorum05/06/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius16/07/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.03/07/2017