Castle Hill Country Park, Leicester

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

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council, Anstey Parish Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 87

    Description

    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.

    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)


    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria28/03/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius29/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris19/03/2017
    BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula29/04/2019
    BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis28/05/2020
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo22/03/2020
    BirdsLittle EgretEgretta garzetta14/01/2020
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus06/02/2016
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus13/04/2016
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos19/05/2020
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io19/05/2020
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi03/08/2020
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album04/08/2018
    ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris03/08/2020
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesWachtliella persicariae10/09/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens25/05/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella27/05/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBroad-bodied ChaserLibellula depressa27/05/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsField HorsetailEquisetum arvense27/05/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsWestern Sword-fernPolystichum munitum10/01/2016
    FliesEmpis tessellata29/04/2019
    FliesThistle Gall FlyUrophora cardui10/09/2017
    FungiChicken of the WoodsLaetiporus sulphureus07/06/2018
    FungiScarlet ElfcupSarcoscypha austriaca24/02/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPendulous SedgeCarex pendula03/08/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata27/05/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesHard RushJuncus inflexus03/08/2020
    HoverfliesSyrphus ribesii29/04/2019
    MammalsMuntjacMuntiacus reevesi05/06/2018
    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
    MothsLunar Hornet MothSesia bembeciformis19/07/2020
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae03/08/2020
    SawfliesWillow Redgall SawflyPontania proxima19/05/2020
    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
    Slugs & SnailsGarlic SnailOxychilus alliarius29/09/1988
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild Plum agg.Prunus domestica agg.04/08/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina28/05/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSalix x fragilis19/05/2020
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium04/08/2020
    WildflowersSneezewortAchillea ptarmica10/09/2017
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata19/05/2020
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris06/04/2018
    WildflowersHorse-radishArmoracia rusticana19/05/2020
    WildflowersLords-and-LadiesArum maculatum25/02/2020
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis21/04/2017
    WildflowersWelted ThistleCarduus crispus28/05/2020
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense03/08/2020
    WildflowersSouthern Marsh OrchidDactylorhiza praetermissa11/06/2018
    WildflowersWild CarrotDaucus carota subsp. carota03/08/2020
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum27/05/2020
    WildflowersHairy TareErvilla hirsuta23/06/2014
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna05/03/2018
    WildflowersSweet WoodruffGalium odoratum13/05/2019
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum28/05/2020
    WildflowersGround-ivyGlechoma hederacea19/05/2020
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides05/03/2018
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium06/04/2018
    WildflowersPerforate St John's-wortHypericum perforatum04/08/2020
    WildflowersPrickly LettuceLactuca serriola17/08/2019
    WildflowersGarden Yellow ArchangelLamiastrum galeobdolon subsp. argentatum05/03/2018
    WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare27/05/2020
    WildflowersPurple-loosestrifeLythrum salicaria03/08/2020
    WildflowersDog's MercuryMercurialis perennis25/02/2020
    WildflowersSpiked Water-milfoilMyriophyllum spicatum27/05/2020
    WildflowersLarge-flowered Evening-primroseOenothera glazioviana04/08/2020
    WildflowersAmphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia10/09/2017
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata27/05/2020
    WildflowersSilverweedPotentilla anserina19/05/2020
    WildflowersSalad BurnetPoterium sanguisorba28/05/2020
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens19/05/2020
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa27/05/2020
    WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica27/05/2020
    WildflowersWhite CampionSilene latifolia28/05/2020
    WildflowersUpright Hedge-parsleyTorilis japonica03/08/2020
    WildflowersGoat's-beardTragopogon pratensis03/08/2020
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica06/04/2018
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa28/05/2020