Castle Gardens, Leicester

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    Getting There

    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.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 207

    Description

    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.

     

    Wildlife Highlights

    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.

    Further Information
    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Common European EarwigForficula auricularia03/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Garden SnailCornu aspersum03/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Ribwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata03/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Melampsora hypericorum01/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Common Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata01/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Perennial Sow-thistleSonchus arvensis01/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Greater PlantainPlantago major01/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    The FootballerHelophilus pendulus01/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Rose Leaf MinerStigmella anomalella01/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Common Shiny WoodlouseOniscus asellus01/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Hypericum PigmyEctoedemia septembrella01/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Weeping Willow agg.Salix alba x babylonica = S. x sepulcralis agg.01/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Portugal LaurelPrunus lusitanica01/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Hawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale01/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Thick-legged HoverflySyritta pipiens01/09/2020Saharima Roenisch

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes15/03/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera15/07/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum25/04/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius25/04/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum15/07/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum24/11/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsField Digger WaspMellinus arvensis29/08/2014
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata15/03/2017
    BeetlesPine LadybirdExochomus quadripustulatus25/04/2013
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis24/11/2017
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis02/06/2020
    BeetlesVine WeevilOtiorhynchus sulcatus31/08/2020
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata31/08/2020
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus30/03/2018
    BirdsWood DuckAix sponsa11/12/2015
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos26/11/2017
    BirdsCanada GooseBranta canadensis26/11/2017
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis26/11/2017
    BirdsBlack-headed GullChroicocephalus ridibundus26/11/2017
    BirdsFeral Pigeon (Rock Dove)Columba livia26/11/2017
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus21/03/2017
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone27/07/2020
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula26/11/2017
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus18/08/2020
    BirdsMute SwanCygnus olor27/06/2020
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major18/03/2015
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula21/03/2017
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs09/03/2018
    BirdsCootFulica atra30/03/2018
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus22/11/2017
    BirdsHerring GullLarus argentatus26/11/2017
    BirdsGreat TitParus major30/03/2018
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita29/04/2019
    BirdsMagpiePica pica26/11/2017
    BirdsDunnockPrunella modularis09/03/2018
    BirdsGoldcrestRegulus regulus09/03/2018
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla29/04/2019
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes21/03/2017
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula30/03/2018
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos26/11/2017
    BugsHawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale01/09/2020
    BugsCommon Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum27/07/2020
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus28/07/2020
    BugsSloe BugDolycoris baccarum28/07/2020
    BugsParent BugElasmucha grisea31/08/2020
    BugsWoundwort ShieldbugEysarcoris venustissimus02/06/2020
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina17/08/2020
    BugsCommon FroghopperPhilaenus spumarius02/06/2020
    BugsPlagiognathus arbustorum27/07/2020
    BugsValerian PsyllidTrioza centranthi27/07/2020
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io28/07/2020
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines11/04/2017
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus08/07/2020
    ButterfliesLarge WhitePieris brassicae22/07/2020
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi31/08/2020
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album28/07/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans02/06/2020
    EarwigsCommon European EarwigForficula auricularia03/09/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsBlack SpleenwortAsplenium adiantum-nigrum20/08/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsWall-rueAsplenium ruta-muraria20/08/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium20/08/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsBrackenPteridium aquilinum26/11/2017
    FliesAcidia cognata29/08/2020
    FliesAulagromyza heringii07/11/2019
    FliesBee FlyBombylius major25/04/2013
    FliesCerodontha iridis15/07/2019
    FliesLiriomyza pusilla28/07/2020
    FliesLiriomyza strigata27/07/2020
    FliesPhytomyza agromyzina07/11/2019
    FliesPhytomyza bipunctata08/07/2020
    FliesHolly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis agg.07/11/2019
    FliesLeaf minePhytomyza lappae15/07/2019
    FliesSarcophaga sp.02/06/2020
    FungiGymnosporangium confusum15/07/2019
    FungiMelampsora hypericorum01/09/2020
    FungiRose RustPhragmidium mucronatum08/07/2020
    FungiPuccinia lagenophorae15/07/2019
    FungiHollyhock RustPuccinia malvacearum02/06/2020
    FungiSycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum29/08/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata29/08/2020
    harvestman (Opiliones)Opilio canestrinii29/08/2020
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus27/06/2020
    HoverfliesTapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax28/07/2020
    HoverfliesThe FootballerHelophilus pendulus01/09/2020
    HoverfliesMeliscaeva auricollis15/03/2017
    HoverfliesMyathropa florea28/07/2020
    HoverfliesPied HoverflyScaeva pyrastri08/07/2020
    HoverfliesLong HoverflySphaerophoria scripta15/07/2019
    HoverfliesThick-legged HoverflySyritta pipiens01/09/2020
    HoverfliesPellucid FlyVolucella pellucens12/06/2020
    HoverfliesVolucella zonaria19/07/2019
    HoverfliesXanthogramma pedissequum sensu lato12/06/2020
    LichensXanthoria parietina30/03/2018
    MammalsBrown RatRattus norvegicus25/01/2018
    MammalsGrey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis12/06/2020
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAcalitus brevitarsus29/08/2020
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsCecidophyes nudus19/07/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsCapillary Thread-mossBryum capillare30/03/2018
    Mosses & LiverwortsGrey-cushioned GrimmiaGrimmia pulvinata30/03/2018
    Mosses & LiverwortsSilky Wall Feather-mossHomalothecium sericeum30/03/2018
    Mosses & LiverwortsWood Bristle-mossOrthotrichum affine30/03/2018
    Mosses & LiverwortsWall Screw-mossTortula muralis30/03/2018
    MothsElbow-stripe Grass-veneerAgriphila geniculea28/08/2020
    MothsHorse-chestnut Leaf MinerCameraria ohridella15/07/2019
    MothsBordered CarlCoptotriche marginea29/08/2020
    MothsHolm-Oak PigmyEctoedemia heringella07/11/2019
    MothsHypericum PigmyEctoedemia septembrella01/09/2020
    MothsCommon PlumeEmmelina monodactyla28/08/2020
    MothsVirgin SmokeLuffia ferchaultella18/08/2020
    MothsApple Leaf MinerLyonetia clerkella27/07/2020
    MothsLondon MidgetPhyllonorycter platani15/07/2019
    MothsSmall Purple & GoldPyrausta aurata18/08/2020
    MothsRose Leaf MinerStigmella anomalella01/09/2020
    MothsGolden PigmyStigmella aurella29/08/2020
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae27/07/2020
    Slugs & SnailsSmooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula27/07/1987
    Slugs & SnailsBrown Soil SlugArion distinctus28/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsBourguignat's SlugArion fasciatus27/07/1987
    Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis15/07/2019
    Slugs & SnailsSlippery SnailCochlicopa lubrica28/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsGarden SnailCornu aspersum03/09/2020
    Slugs & SnailsChestnut SlugDeroceras invadens28/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum27/07/1987
    Slugs & SnailsDiscus SnailDiscus rotundatus28/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsYellow SlugLimacus flavus28/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsGarlic SnailOxychilus alliarius28/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsDraparnaud's Glass SnailOxychilus draparnaudi28/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsBudapest SlugTandonia budapestensis28/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsKeeled SlugTandonia sowerbyi28/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsTrochulus sericeus28/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsStrawberry SnailTrochulus striolatus17/08/2020
    Slugs & SnailsEccentric Grass SnailVallonia excentrica28/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsPellucid Glass SnailVitrina pellucida28/09/1987
    SpidersGarden SpiderAraneus diadematus22/07/2020
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis17/08/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus30/03/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHorse-chestnutAesculus hippocastanum28/08/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersItalian AlderAlnus cordata29/08/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula28/08/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersButterfly-bushBuddleja davidii29/08/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDeodarCedrus deodara02/06/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRussian-vineFallopia baldschuanica29/08/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior30/03/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix26/11/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium15/03/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersLondon PlanePlatanus x hispanica18/10/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild CherryPrunus avium02/06/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPortugal LaurelPrunus lusitanica01/09/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersEvergreen OakQuercus ilex07/11/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.20/08/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWeeping Willow agg.Salix alba x babylonica = S. x sepulcralis agg.01/09/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra26/11/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRowanSorbus aucuparia20/08/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersCommon LimeTilia platyphyllos x cordata = T. x europaea29/08/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGuelder RoseViburnum opulus31/08/2020
    WildflowersFool's ParsleyAethusa cynapium10/08/2012
    WildflowersThree-cornered GarlicAllium triquetrum15/03/2017
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris26/11/2017
    WildflowersSpear-leaved OracheAtriplex prostrata10/08/2012
    WildflowersDeadly NightshadeAtropa belladonna22/08/2014
    WildflowersBlack HorehoundBallota nigra15/07/2019
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis28/07/2020
    WildflowersHedge BindweedCalystegia sepium26/11/2017
    WildflowersHairy Bitter-cressCardamine hirsuta30/03/2018
    WildflowersRed ValerianCentranthus ruber20/08/2020
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense26/11/2017
    WildflowersIvy-leaved ToadflaxCymbalaria muralis29/08/2020
    WildflowersBroad-leaved WillowherbEpilobium montanum10/08/2012
    WildflowersCanadian FleabaneErigeron canadensis10/08/2012
    WildflowersCommon WhitlowgrassErophila verna15/03/2017
    WildflowersPetty SpurgeEuphorbia peplus15/03/2017
    WildflowersCommon Hemp-nettleGaleopsis tetrahit10/08/2012
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine26/11/2017
    WildflowersShining Crane's-billGeranium lucidum21/05/2013
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum26/11/2017
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum26/11/2017
    WildflowersCommon Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata01/09/2020
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris27/07/2020
    WildflowersPrickly LettuceLactuca serriola10/08/2012
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album26/11/2017
    WildflowersRed Dead-nettleLamium purpureum29/03/2017
    WildflowersNipplewortLapsana communis10/08/2012
    WildflowersGypsywortLycopus europaeus17/07/2013
    WildflowersMusk-mallowMalva moschata27/07/2020
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina10/08/2012
    WildflowersWall LettuceMycelis muralis29/08/2020
    WildflowersOpium PoppyPapaver somniferum10/08/2012
    WildflowersPellitory-of-the-WallParietaria judaica20/08/2020
    WildflowersGreen AlkanetPentaglottis sempervirens30/03/2018
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata03/09/2020
    WildflowersGreater PlantainPlantago major01/09/2020
    WildflowersYellow CorydalisPseudofumaria lutea01/06/2017
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius26/11/2017
    WildflowersRue-leaved SaxifrageSaxifraga tridactylites20/04/2018
    WildflowersSkullcapScutellaria galericulata17/07/2013
    WildflowersCommon GroundselSenecio vulgaris15/03/2017
    WildflowersHedge MustardSisymbrium officinale02/06/2020
    WildflowersBlack NightshadeSolanum nigrum07/11/2019
    WildflowersMind-your-own-businessSoleirolia soleirolii15/07/2019
    WildflowersPerennial Sow-thistleSonchus arvensis01/09/2020
    WildflowersSmooth Sow-thistleSonchus oleraceus10/08/2012
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara30/03/2018
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica30/03/2018
    WildflowersIvy-leaved SpeedwellVeronica hederifolia15/03/2017
    WildflowersCommon Dog-violetViola riviniana15/03/2017
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Shiny WoodlouseOniscus asellus01/09/2020
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Rough WoodlousePorcellio scaber17/08/2020