Ellis Meadows

    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.

    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: 392


    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.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Common Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus08/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Great BurnetSanguisorba officinalis08/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Green ShieldbugPalomena prasina08/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Mossy Willow Catkin GallCauser unknown (Mossy Willow Gall)08/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Eriothrix rufomaculata08/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    White-bodied MidgetPhyllonorycter joannisi08/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Norway MapleAcer platanoides08/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    London MidgetPhyllonorycter platani08/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    London PlanePlatanus x hispanica08/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Small WhitePieris rapae06/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Arion ater agg.06/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    SilverweedPotentilla anserina06/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Guelder RoseViburnum opulus06/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Common RollerAncylis badiana01/08/2019Peter Smith
    Six-Spot BurnetZygaena filipendulae01/08/2019Peter Smith

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Slugs & SnailsSmooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula18/01/1990
    Slugs & SnailsWhirlpool RamshornAnisus vortex18/01/1990
    Slugs & SnailsCommon BithyniaBithynia tentaculata18/01/1990
    Slugs & SnailsDiscus SnailDiscus rotundatus18/01/1990
    Slugs & SnailsWhite RamshornGyraulus albus18/01/1990
    Slugs & SnailsMarsh Snail agg.Lymnaea palustris/fusca agg.18/01/1990
    Slugs & SnailsGarlic SnailOxychilus alliarius18/01/1990
    Slugs & SnailsGlossy Glass SnailOxychilus navarricus18/01/1990
    Slugs & SnailsSlender Amber SnailOxyloma elegans18/01/1990
    Slugs & SnailsGreat Ramshorn SnailPlanorbarius corneus18/01/1990
    Slugs & SnailsKeeled RamshornPlanorbis carinatus18/01/1990
    Slugs & SnailsEar Pond SnailRadix auricularia18/01/1990
    Slugs & SnailsEuropean fingernail clamSphaerium corneum18/01/1990
    Slugs & SnailsTrochulus sericeus18/01/1990
    Slugs & SnailsValve SnailValvata piscinalis18/01/1990
    Slugs & SnailsRiver SnailViviparus viviparus18/01/1990
    FungiChicken of the WoodsLaetiporus sulphureus04/09/2013
    WildflowersPurple-loosestrifeLythrum salicaria04/09/2013
    WildflowersYellow Water-lilyNuphar lutea04/09/2013
    WildflowersArrowheadSagittaria sagittifolia04/09/2013
    BirdsKingfisherAlcedo atthis11/03/2014
    WildflowersMarsh-marigoldCaltha palustris01/04/2014
    BirdsCommon SandpiperActitis hypoleucos30/04/2014
    WildflowersHoary CressLepidium draba30/04/2014
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos17/03/2015
    MammalsGrey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis24/03/2015
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla11/06/2015
    BugsFig GallTetraneura ulmi17/06/2015
    WildflowersPineappleweedMatricaria discoidea17/06/2015
    WildflowersWild RadishRaphanus raphanistrum subsp. raphanistrum17/06/2015