Astill Lodge Park

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

    Getting There

    Access onto the site can be gained from Bennion Road, Osprey Road and Stone Close.  There is a good bus service to Beaumont Leys and nearby Astill Park Road shops from where it is a short distance to walk to this park.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 77


    Astill Lodge Park and Spinney is one of the smaller areas of Open Space found in Leicester and covers approximately 4.6 ha.   Although used historically for hunting deer, then grazing sheep as part of the much larger Beaumont Estate, the site has had a mixed history.  In 1890 it formed part of the Beaumont Leys Sewerage system, but then reverted to farmland with the small spinney planted in the early 1900s and extended in 1916 to the boundary still in place today.  In the 1970s the site was used as a domestic refuse site with parts of the old Astill Lodge farms knocked down and debris spread over the site.  The main part of the Park was created in 1984 following the closure of the site as a domestic refuse tip.  A soil cap was put in place and the area re-landscaped to provide areas of amenity open space and access for cyclists and walkers.
    The site contains areas of relatively species-rich and rough grassland, hedgerows, scrub and field pond.   The mature woodland to the south boundary is easily accessed and has a desire line footpath running through the centre.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The park is an important area for wildlife as it has a good range of habitats present in a compact area. The grassland is relatively species-rich which in turn attracts a range of invertebrates, particularly butterflies in the spring and summer.
    The pond is a good size and well-vegetated with emergent and aquatic vegetation, but has an area of open water retained to attract dragonflies and damselflies.  The pond rarely, if ever dries out and appears to be fed by a local spring which over-flows in early spring and so is important for amphibians and waterfowl with locally nesting moorhen and mallards seen regularly.
    The scrub areas support important populations of roosting starlings and other hedgerow birds which in early spring provide a constant chatter as they seek our nesting sites.
    The Spinney is mainly mature Oak and Ash with some under-storey hazel, hawthorn and elder.


    The records and images below may include those from adjacent sites if the grid reference submitted with these records overlaps the boundary of this Wild Place.

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    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Field BindweedConvolvulus arvensis03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Bramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.03/09/2019David Nicholls
    BulrushTypha latifolia03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Great WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Flowering-rushButomus umbellatus03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Common DarterSympetrum striolatum03/09/2019David Nicholls
    JackdawCorvus monedula03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Common NettleUrtica dioica03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Willow Redgall SawflyPontania proxima03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Salix x fragilis03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Bulrush BugChilacis typhae03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Common CouchElymus repens03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Amber SnailSuccinea putris03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Spear ThistleCirsium vulgare03/09/2019David Nicholls
    YarrowAchillea millefolium03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Dandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.03/09/2019David Nicholls
    DaisyBellis perennis03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Ribwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Creeping ThistleCirsium arvense03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Creeping ButtercupRanunculus repens03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Common Mouse-earCerastium fontanum03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Red BartsiaOdontites vernus03/09/2019David Nicholls
    White CloverTrifolium repens03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Lady's BedstrawGalium verum03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria03/09/2019David Nicholls
    HawthornCrataegus monogyna03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Cut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Bristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Broad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Common RagwortJacobaea vulgaris03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Common Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus03/09/2019David Nicholls
    AshFraxinus excelsior03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Wood PigeonColumba palumbus03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Red CloverTrifolium pratense03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Common Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Common Drone FlyEristalis tenax03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Lesser Marsh GrasshopperChorthippus albomarginatus03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Green ShieldbugPalomena prasina03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Common WaspVespula vulgaris03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Field HorsetailEquisetum arvense03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Meadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Long Winged Cone-headConocephalus fuscus03/09/2019David Nicholls
    MagpiePica pica03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Common Green GrasshopperOmocestus viridulus03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Smooth TareErvum tetraspermum03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Creeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans03/09/2019David Nicholls
    BlackthornPrunus spinosa03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Cock's-footDactylis glomerata03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Pedunculate OakQuercus robur03/09/2019David Nicholls
    Knopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis03/09/2019David Nicholls

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis03/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum03/09/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris03/09/2019
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus03/09/2019
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula03/09/2019
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus03/09/2019
    BirdsMagpiePica pica03/09/2019
    BugsBulrush BugChilacis typhae03/09/2019
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus03/09/2019
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina03/09/2019
    BugsCommon FroghopperPhilaenus spumarius03/09/2019
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae03/09/2019
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria03/09/2019
    ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae03/09/2019
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album03/09/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum03/09/2019
    Ferns & HorsetailsField HorsetailEquisetum arvense03/09/2019
    FliesEriothrix rufomaculata03/09/2019
    FliesTachina fera03/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius03/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata03/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon CouchElymus repens03/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPerennial Rye-grassLolium perenne03/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBulrushTypha latifolia03/09/2019
    Grasshoppers & CricketsLesser Marsh GrasshopperChorthippus albomarginatus03/09/2019
    Grasshoppers & CricketsLong Winged Cone-headConocephalus fuscus03/09/2019
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Green GrasshopperOmocestus viridulus03/09/2019
    HoverfliesCommon Drone FlyEristalis tenax03/09/2019
    HoverfliesChequered HoverflyMelanostoma scalare03/09/2019
    MothsStraw DotRivula sericealis03/09/2019
    SawfliesWillow Redgall SawflyPontania proxima03/09/2019
    Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis03/09/2019
    Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum03/09/2019
    Slugs & SnailsKentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana03/09/2019
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris03/09/2019
    SpidersGarden SpiderAraneus diadematus03/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre03/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna03/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior03/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersCherry LaurelPrunus laurocerasus03/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa03/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur03/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina03/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.03/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSalix x fragilis03/09/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSnowberrySymphoricarpos albus03/09/2019
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium03/09/2019
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris03/09/2019
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis03/09/2019
    WildflowersFlowering-rushButomus umbellatus03/09/2019
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum03/09/2019
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense03/09/2019
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare03/09/2019
    WildflowersField BindweedConvolvulus arvensis03/09/2019
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum03/09/2019
    WildflowersSmooth TareErvum tetraspermum03/09/2019
    WildflowersLady's BedstrawGalium verum03/09/2019
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum03/09/2019
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum03/09/2019
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides03/09/2019
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris03/09/2019
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album03/09/2019
    WildflowersMeadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis03/09/2019
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus03/09/2019
    WildflowersRed BartsiaOdontites vernus03/09/2019
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata03/09/2019
    WildflowersGreater PlantainPlantago major03/09/2019
    WildflowersCreeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans03/09/2019
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris03/09/2019
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens03/09/2019
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius03/09/2019
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica03/09/2019
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.03/09/2019
    WildflowersRed CloverTrifolium pratense03/09/2019
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens03/09/2019
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica03/09/2019
    WildflowersBush VetchVicia sepium03/09/2019