Submitted by Saharima Roenisch on Tue, 26/05/2020 - 18:14

    Can Victoria Park in Leicester be added to the Wild Places listing? There is an extensive amount of Bird Cherry in the Eco-area. This has led to the recording of butterflies feeding on the nectar provided in the spring and just today Bird-cherry Ermine moth caterpillars, Phyllocoptes eupadi (an under-recorded mite), and Bird Cherry Oat Aphids (pending verification). There are two ponds in the Eco-area which attract dragonflies and damselflies. Hybrid crack-willows were recorded here previously in the eco-area along with Winter moth larvae that was found within the leaves last spring. There are a number of wild flower areas (found both within the eco-area and further towards the main campus of the University of Leicester in previous years). I have attached three photographs with this post that reference a few of the significant records in recent years.

    The Friends of Victoria Park have written about the Eco-area. The following paragraph is just a small excerpt: 

    "In the 1990s the south-west corner of Victoria Park was developed as an ecological area – designed to encourage more natural habitat growth and support an expanded range of local bio-diversity. The area of the park set aside for this is the corner of the park lying roughly to the left of the cycle track as you cycle towards the university from Queen’s Road, down to the recycling area at the park gates on Victoria Park Road, and up to the path near to the old lower play area."

    This excerpt was taken from the website address: fovp-leicester.org.uk/the-eco-area/

    Best wishes,

    Saharima Roenisch

    Comments

    Submitted by David Nicholls on Fri, 29/05/2020 - 07:39

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    Thanks for the suggestion, we've now set up the Wild Place page for this site.

    Submitted by Helen O'Brien 2 on Sat, 30/05/2020 - 18:34

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    I'd be to happy to provide some additional information about the history of the area and some photographs for the Wild Place webpage.  Great to see that it is providing an oasis for butterflies and dragonflies/damselflies so close to the city centre

    Submitted by Sally W on Sat, 11/07/2020 - 12:40

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    I'm  delighted that a Wild Place page has been created for Victoria Park. I have been trying for many years to get the value of this park's habitat recognised, both for the species it contains, and the part it plays in linking other wildlife areas together. Having records together like this will help.