Ellis Meadows

    Getting There

    The site is located adjacent to the River Soar and is best reached along the Riverside Walk/Sustrans cycle way on foot or by bicycle.  If this is not possible, car parking is available at the nearby National Space Centre or Abbey Pumping Station (during events only).  Access is off Corporation Road to these car parks with extremely limited parking on the road.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 407

    Description

    Until 2015 this site was a piece of regularly mown amenity grassland which formed part of the former John Ellis School site (the school was demolished in the early 1990s).
    The area was identified as part of a strategic flood alleviation scheme with works planned along the River Soar to improve flood storage during storm events.  Fortunately both the Environment Agency and City Council sought to implement Blue-Green techniques for flood storage rather than rely on traditional engineering methods that could have resulted in high walls and hard infrastructure.


    The site was designed to include a large and permanent area of open water, meadow areas, shrub and tree planting as well as retaining its mature White poplar and Crack willow trees along the boundary.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The new habitat types were seeded with a mix of native neutral grassland wildflowers and the banks of the lakes were planted with native marginal plants to provide good diversity over a short period.  Native tree and shrub planting has also provided additional habitat for birds.

    The site is surprisingly species-rich considering the short period it has had to establish.  The open waters are a haven for dragonflies and damselflies.  Common amphibians breed and freshwater mussel and other invertebrates have colonised from the nearby watercourse and ponds.  Little egret, Grey heron, Mute swan and Mallard are regulars. Swifts and swallows feed off the insects with bees, hoverflies and other insects recorded within this Buzzing Hotspot.


    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusMossy Willow Catkin GallCauser unknown (Mossy Willow Gall)08/08/2019
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris17/03/2019
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria29/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva30/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nigroaenea20/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRam's-horn Gall WaspAndricus aries15/08/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix29/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis20/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes19/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera20/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum04/08/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum20/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris20/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus20/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger20/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum29/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana18/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris20/08/2018
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata30/05/2019
    BeetlesWater LadybirdAnisosticta novemdecimpunctata29/07/2019
    BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata06/08/2015
    BeetlesThistle Tortoise BeetleCassida rubiginosa17/04/2019
    BeetlesTortoise BeetleCassida vibex03/10/2019
    BeetlesKidney-spot LadybirdChilocorus renipustulatus10/08/2018
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata29/04/2019
    BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula04/09/2017
    BeetlesGymnetron villosulum20/06/2017
    BeetlesHaliplus ruficollis31/08/2018
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis20/03/2019
    BeetlesHygrotus inaequalis31/08/2018