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 especially the Lavender garden, Chinese Sensory garden and more formal planting by the Education Centre.  The Bee Walk has been carefully planted to provide a long flowering season from spring to autumn and has additional log piles and hibernation boxes to provide shelter for pollinators.   There are always water birds to be seen on the river and lakes. There is a good range of fungi to be found particularly in the autumn amongst the woodland areas.

    Bioblitz image.JPG

    In 2011, a bioblitz was held in Abbey Park, organised by the City Council. A report describing this event and the species seen can be viewed here.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 563


    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
    Wall BarleyHordeum murinum18/06/2019Peter Smith
    Nettle GroundbugHeterogaster urticae18/06/2019Peter Smith
    Black MedickMedicago lupulina18/06/2019Peter Smith
    Wall SpeedwellVeronica arvensis02/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Nursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis01/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Greater CelandineChelidonium majus01/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    MoorhenGallinula chloropus01/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Cucumber Green Orb SpiderAraniella cucurbitina sensu lato01/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Hedge MustardSisymbrium officinale01/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Crack-willowSalix fragilis01/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Ribwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata29/04/2019Mike Higgott
    Dandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.29/04/2019Mike Higgott
    Common VetchVicia sativa subsp. segetalis29/04/2019Mike Higgott
    White Dead-nettleLamium album29/04/2019Mike Higgott
    Harlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis29/04/2019Mike Higgott
    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 near to the junction with St. Margaret's Road and a second main car park off Abbey Park Road approximately ½ mile from Belgrave Circle.
    A major entrance over the Grand Union Canal from Charles Street provides access from pedestrians and cyclists to the centre of the park.

    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, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa23/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nigroaenea18/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis19/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes15/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera22/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGarden BumblebeeBombus hortorum31/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum17/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius09/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum29/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHill Cuckoo BeeBombus rupestris14/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris14/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris31/03/2019
    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, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana16/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed Mason BeeOsmia bicornis31/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro21/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGerman WaspVespula germanica05/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris08/07/2017
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata02/05/2017
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata19/04/2019