Abbey Park

    Wildlife Highlights

    This is a park with many different habitats, including the River Soar and several lakes. There are many mature trees, ornamental planting areas and interspersed less managed areas. The outer walls of the park provide sheltered sun spots and are good places to find insects. Bees are attracted to the nectar-rich flower plantings and there are always water birds to be seen on the river. There is a good range of fungi to be found particularly in the autumn.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 494


    Abbey Park is Leicester’s premier park and lies approximately one mile north of the City centre. The River Soar divides this beautiful park into two distinct areas: to the east of the river lies the highly decorative Victorian part of the park with its evergreen shrubberies, trees, lakes and formally planted flower displays and to the west of the river lies the fascinating Abbey Grounds. Within this area are the remains of the twelfth century Leicester Abbey and the ruins of Cavendish House, a seventeenth century mansion.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    GadwallAnas strepera17/01/2019Peter Smith
    WigeonAnas penelope17/01/2019Peter Smith
    Wood AvensGeum urbanum07/01/2019Peter Smith
    WallflowerErysimum cheiri25/12/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Carrion CrowCorvus corone24/12/2018Saharima Roenisch
    GoldcrestRegulus regulus22/12/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Hairy Curtain CrustStereum hirsutum22/12/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Common Greenshield LichenFlavoparmelia caperata22/12/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Mistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus22/12/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Thale CressArabidopsis thaliana22/12/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Puccinia lagenophorae22/12/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Monkey-puzzleAraucaria araucana22/12/2018Saharima Roenisch
    7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata22/12/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Italian Lords-and-Ladies agg.Arum italicum agg.21/12/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Caper SpurgeEuphorbia lathyris21/12/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Further Information
    Getting There

    The park lies about a mile from Leicester city centre, along St Margaret's Way. There are several entrances but the main access is off Abbey Park Road. There is a car park near to Pet's Corner, on Abbey Park Road neat to the junction with St. Margaret's Road.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusNostoc commune21/12/2018
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.04/02/2017
    Barklice & BookliceMesopsocus immunis01/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAmblyteles armatorius07/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWall Mason WaspAncistrocerus parietum11/09/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis19/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes05/05/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera06/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum31/03/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius09/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum06/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHill Cuckoo BeeBombus rupestris14/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris14/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris03/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis22/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsChrysis ignita19/09/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSputnik Gall WaspDiplolepis nervosa20/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger14/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus12/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum03/11/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro21/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGerman WaspVespula germanica05/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris03/04/2017
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata02/05/2017
    BeetlesChurchyard BeetleBlaps mucronata23/03/2018
    BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata04/04/2017
    BeetlesTortoise BeetleCassida vibex14/06/2016
    BeetlesRosemary BeetleChrysolina americana20/06/2018
    BeetlesFigwort WeevilCionus scrophulariae19/06/2013
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata08/04/2017