Castle Hill Country Park, Leicester

    Wildlife Highlights

    The park contains some relic features of an historic landscape with species-rich hedgerows, fine specimens of mature Oak, Ash, Willow and Black poplar.  Small areas of more mature broadleaf woodland such as Bluebell Wood support a rich ground flora.

    The remnant earth banks, ditches and hedgerows associated with the historic parish/park boundary which separate Beaumont Leys, Anstey and Thurcaston are rich in trees, shrubs and wildflowers – such as Gorse Hill.

    New and more established areas of meadow have been created at the Olympic Meadow in 2012 and Gorse Hill respectively whilst the series of ponds to the west side of the park run adjacent to the Rothley Brook.  These provide havens for amphibians and contain good populations of common frog, toad and smooth newt.  The ponds were recently further enhanced by a partnership project with Froglife and the City council.

    Further Information

    Castle Hill Country Park (Leicester City Council website)"link" target="_blank"

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council, Anstey Parish Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 50


    The park was established in 1985 and comprises of approximately 104 ha of mainly improved grassland and plantation woodland which are located between Beaumont Leys and the village of Anstey.  The A46 Western Bypass divides the park into two linear sections with the Rothley Brook forming the western boundary.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Horse-radishArmoracia rusticana17/08/2019Ken Charity
    Prickly LettuceLactuca serriola17/08/2019Ken Charity
    Sweet WoodruffGalium odoratum13/05/2019Sue Allison
    Sweet WoodruffGalium odoratum13/05/2019Arch Robin
    Green Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula29/04/2019Annie Smith
    Syrphus ribesii29/04/2019Annie Smith
    Empis tessellata29/04/2019Annie Smith
    Red-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius29/04/2019Annie Smith
    Kentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana29/04/2019Annie Smith
    Nettle-tapAnthophila fabriciana29/04/2019Annie Smith
    Horse-chestnut Leaf MinerCameraria ohridella29/04/2019Annie Smith
    Red FoxVulpes vulpes29/04/2019Sue Allison
    RabbitOryctolagus cuniculus29/04/2019Sue Allison
    Firethorn Leaf MinerPhyllonorycter leucographella26/04/2019Adrian Russell
    Hebrew CharacterOrthosia gothica26/04/2019Adrian Russell

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria28/03/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius19/03/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris19/03/2017
    BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula29/04/2019
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo01/05/2016
    BirdsLittle EgretEgretta garzetta09/06/2017
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus06/02/2016
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus13/04/2016
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album04/08/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens25/05/2017
    Ferns & HorsetailsWestern Sword-fernPolystichum munitum10/01/2016
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesEmpis tessellata29/04/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesThistle Gall FlyUrophora cardui10/09/2017
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesWachtliella persicariae10/09/2017
    FungiChicken of the WoodsLaetiporus sulphureus07/06/2018
    FungiScarlet ElfcupSarcoscypha austriaca24/02/2014
    HoverfliesSyrphus ribesii29/04/2019
    MammalsMuntjacMuntiacus reevesi26/05/2017
    MammalsStoatMustela erminea14/05/2018
    MammalsRabbitOryctolagus cuniculus29/04/2019
    MammalsRed FoxVulpes vulpes29/04/2019
    MothsNettle-tapAnthophila fabriciana29/04/2019
    MothsHorse-chestnut Leaf MinerCameraria ohridella29/04/2019
    MothsHebrew CharacterOrthosia gothica26/04/2019
    MothsFirethorn Leaf MinerPhyllonorycter leucographella26/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsSmooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula29/09/1988
    Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.29/09/1988
    Slugs & SnailsHedgehog SlugArion intermedius29/09/1988
    Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis29/09/1988
    Slugs & SnailsKentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana29/04/2019