The Orchards, Leicester

    Wildlife Highlights

    The site has relic privet hedgerows, old fruit trees and a fine display of lupins which are indicators of its former use.  Some of the old hedgerows still act as boundaries to compartments and the more structured layout of the former allotments.
    A good network of pathways provides access to the woodland, grassland and scrub areas.  The woodland contains mixed broadleaf trees and provides valuable habitat for birds and small mammals.  Some areas of grassland have reasonable diversity and scrub areas contain gorse and bracken not normally found within the city.
    This site remains relatively undisturbed and is a hidden gem waiting to be explored.  Generally, most species groups are under-recorded on this site.

    Getting There

    Pedestrian access is from Groby Road (downhill from BP garage) or public footpath leading from the City Farm off Anstey Lane.  Currently parking is limited to roadside parking in nearby streets.  Bus Services to Beaumont Leys and Glenfield Hospital/Groby have bus stops nearby.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 223

    Description

    The site was previously orchards and allotments which were decommissioned and allowed to grow wild for some time.  Since 1985 the site has been in some form of conservation management with a number of organisations taking on this role.  Currently it is being managed by the City Council’s Leicester Environmental Volunteers and Parks Services.
    The site is designated as a Local Nature Reserve and also a Local Wildlife Site due to the rich mosaic of woodland, scrub and grassland.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Common Field-speedwellVeronica persica29/04/2019Clive Forty
    Cut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum29/04/2019Clive Forty
    Creeping ThistleCirsium arvense29/04/2019Clive Forty
    HawthornCrataegus monogyna29/04/2019Clive Forty
    AshFraxinus excelsior29/04/2019Clive Forty
    BlackthornPrunus spinosa29/04/2019Clive Forty
    7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata29/04/2019Clive Forty
    Common RagwortJacobaea vulgaris29/04/2019Clive Forty
    Meadow ButtercupRanunculus acris29/04/2019Clive Forty
    HogweedHeracleum sphondylium29/04/2019Clive Forty
    Annual Meadow-grassPoa annua29/04/2019Clive Forty
    White Dead-nettleLamium album29/04/2019Clive Forty
    Creeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans29/04/2019Clive Forty
    CleaversGalium aparine29/04/2019Clive Forty
    Ground-ivyGlechoma hederacea29/04/2019Clive Forty