Castle Gardens, Leicester
The mosaic of habitat types within this small area of green space allows a range of insects to thrive within the gardens. Careful shrub planting provides a long flowering season which attracts pollinating insects, whilst the shady and wilder areas support ramsoms, ferns and bluebells.
The gardens contains an ornamental pond which supports frogs and smooth newts which hibernate in surrounding lush vegetation and stone walls whilst the historic buildings and proximity of open water provide an ideal habitat for bats to roost and forage.
Total species seen at this site: 121
Castle Gardens is a green oasis close to the City centre in Leicester. It is located in the historic “Castle Park” area with the River Soar forming a natural boundary on the west and the old Courthouse and St Mary de Castro church to the East (note that access to the churchyard is restricted).
The Gardens contain many specimen trees, shrubs and seasonal planting whilst the Castle motte has more natural vegetation and mature trees with fine views from the top.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Volucella zonaria||19/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Cerodontha iridis||15/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Leaf mine||Phytomyza lappae||15/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Mind-your-own-business||Soleirolia soleirolii||15/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Long Hoverfly||Sphaerophoria scripta||15/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|7 Spot Ladybird||Coccinella septempunctata||15/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Harlequin Ladybird||Harmonia axyridis||15/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Common Groundsel||Senecio vulgaris||15/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Black Horehound||Ballota nigra||15/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Marmalade Hoverfly||Episyrphus balteatus||15/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|London Midget||Phyllonorycter platani||15/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Horse-chestnut Leaf Miner||Cameraria ohridella||15/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|White-lipped Snail||Cepaea hortensis||15/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Wren||Troglodytes troglodytes||29/04/2019||DJ Robbins|
|Dunnock||Prunella modularis||29/04/2019||DJ Robbins|
The site is located in a central part of Leicester and is easily accessed from a number of entrance points off Castle Street, the Newarke and St Augustine Road.
The site is open during daylight hours only – gates are locked at dusk.