Castle Gardens, Leicester

    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.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 111


    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.


    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    WrenTroglodytes troglodytes29/04/2019DJ Robbins
    DunnockPrunella modularis29/04/2019DJ Robbins
    BlackbirdTurdus merula29/04/2019DJ Robbins
    BlackcapSylvia atricapilla29/04/2019DJ Robbins
    ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita29/04/2019DJ Robbins
    ChaffinchFringilla coelebs29/04/2019DJ Robbins
    Rue-leaved SaxifrageSaxifraga tridactylites20/04/2018Sally Cunningham
    MoorhenGallinula chloropus30/03/2018David Nicholls
    CootFulica atra30/03/2018David Nicholls
    Mute SwanCygnus olor30/03/2018David Nicholls
    Carrion CrowCorvus corone30/03/2018David Nicholls
    Feral Pigeon (Rock Dove)Columba livia30/03/2018David Nicholls
    Canada GooseBranta canadensis30/03/2018David Nicholls
    MallardAnas platyrhynchos30/03/2018David Nicholls
    BlackbirdTurdus merula30/03/2018David Nicholls
    Further Information
    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