Attenborough Arboretum

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

    Getting There

    The Attenborough Arboretum entrance is on Carisbrooke Road in Knighton, where there is a car park. However, the gate is normally locked, and access is now via College Court on Knighton Road.

    The Arriva Midlands 44 and 44A buses run past the Arboretum.  Travelling from the city centre, get off at the last stop on Queen's Road and walk round the corner onto Knighton Road or at the first stop on Carisbrooke Road and walk back onto Knighton Road.

    All main paths are wheelchair accessible.

    Managed By
    Leicester University
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 272

    Description

    The Attenborough Arboretum site occupies about five acres and forms part of the land that used to belong to Home Farm.  (The old farm house still exists nearby and has been converted into maisonettes.)  The arboretum features possibly the only surviving example in the city of a mediaeval ridge-and-furrow field and also contains two large ponds.  The arboretum was opened on 23rd April 1997.  About 20 local schools helped in the planting phase in March 1996, and over 40 attended the grand opening ceremony, conducted by Sir David Attenborough, after whose family the arboretum is named.

    The planting scheme at the arboretum is designed to display our native trees more or less in the sequence in which they arrived in this country following the ending of the last ice-age, approximately 10,000 years ago.  Thus among the first trees you will meet on going for a walk around the arboretum will be Scots Pine, Juniper, Hazel and Birch; among the last is the Beech, which apparently crossed from France just before the English Channel formed about 7,500 years ago.  The timing of the various arrivals is based largely on fossil evidence, especially of pollen.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The site is an old one on which the present planting scheme has been imposed; not all the trees in the arboretum are natives.  The collection is augmented by many mature alien species, in particular the Horse Chestnut, which is indigenous to south-eastern Europe, but which had been introduced to Britain by the early 17th century.
    The large ponds support good populations of common amphibians and are designated as Local Wildlife Site because of this.  The ridge and furrow is not particularly species-rich and has been semi-improved in the past.  The grassland does contain some marshy areas that may result from natural spring-lines and which encourage some diversity.
    With the mosaic of habitats in this small area of the city, the site teems with bird song in early spring and is a good place to birdwatch.

    Further Information

    Opening times are 9.30 to 3.30 Monday to Thursday, 9.30 to 3.00 Friday.

    Closed Saturday and Sunday.

    Guided tours can be arranged through Leicester Botanic Garden, 0116 2712933, botanicgarden@leicester.ac.uk.

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Nigma walckenaeri21/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Hypericum PigmyEctoedemia septembrella21/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Dicyrtomina saundersi19/03/2020AJ Cann
    Episinus angulatus19/03/2020AJ Cann
    Mocydia crocea19/03/2020AJ Cann
    Nedyus quadrimaculatus19/03/2020AJ Cann
    Neriene clathrata19/03/2020AJ Cann
    Nursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis19/03/2020AJ Cann
    Orchesella cincta19/03/2020AJ Cann
    Scolopostethus thomsoni19/03/2020AJ Cann
    Tomocerus minor19/03/2020AJ Cann
    Clubiona reclusa02/10/2019AJ Cann
    Clubiona terrestris02/10/2019AJ Cann
    Ero aphana02/10/2019AJ Cann
    Ero furcata02/10/2019AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.27/01/2017
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris31/07/2017
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria15/03/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRam's-horn Gall WaspAndricus aries17/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus curvator17/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis26/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes10/03/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera18/03/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum28/05/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius12/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum12/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHill Cuckoo BeeBombus rupestris31/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris28/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris09/01/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus17/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum28/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris09/07/2018
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata17/08/2018
    BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata20/04/2015
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata07/07/2015
    BeetlesLesser Stag BeetleDorcus parallelipipedus27/07/2017
    BeetlesPine LadybirdExochomus quadripustulatus10/03/2015
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis14/04/2015
    BeetlesNebria brevicollis30/05/2019
    BeetlesNedyus quadrimaculatus19/03/2020
    BeetlesBlack Clock BeetlePterostichus madidus22/04/2019
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva09/07/2018
    BeetlesRhinocyllus conicus16/06/2015
    BeetlesStenocorus meridianus09/07/2015
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus25/01/2018
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos01/06/2017
    BirdsSwiftApus apus12/07/2018
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis24/01/2017
    BirdsGreenfinchCarduelis chloris30/06/2015
    BirdsStock DoveColumba oenas25/01/2018
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus21/03/2018
    BirdsRavenCorvus corax24/01/2017
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone20/03/2012
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula24/01/2017
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus24/01/2017
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major20/02/2017
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula25/01/2018
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs24/01/2017
    BirdsRed KiteMilvus milvus06/07/2015
    BirdsGreat TitParus major24/01/2017
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita30/06/2015
    BirdsMagpiePica pica24/01/2017
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis20/03/2012
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula24/02/2017
    BirdsGoldcrestRegulus regulus04/01/2018
    BirdsWoodcockScolopax rusticola26/10/2015
    BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea23/05/2016
    BirdsTawny OwlStrix aluco30/06/2015
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes25/01/2018
    BirdsRedwingTurdus iliacus24/01/2017
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula15/05/2015
    BugsBishop's Mitre ShieldbugAelia acuminata25/07/2017
    BugsCommon Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum31/07/2017
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus07/07/2015
    BugsParent BugElasmucha grisea17/08/2018
    BugsWater MeasurerHydrometra stagnorum02/10/2019
    BugsLiocoris tripustulatus25/07/2018
    BugsMocydia crocea19/03/2020
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina25/07/2017
    BugsLarge Walnut AphidPanaphis juglandis02/07/2018
    BugsForest BugPentatoma rufipes17/08/2018
    BugsWoolly Beech AphidPhyllaphis fagi14/05/2019
    BugsPlagiognathus arbustorum25/07/2018
    BugsPsyllopsis fraxini agg.09/07/2018
    BugsScolopostethus thomsoni19/03/2020
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae02/07/2018
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines15/04/2015
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus09/07/2018
    ButterfliesHolly BlueCelastrina argiolus17/08/2018
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni09/07/2015
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina07/07/2015
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria12/07/2018
    ButterfliesLarge WhitePieris brassicae12/07/2018
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi12/07/2018
    ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae12/07/2018
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album09/07/2015
    ButterfliesCommon Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus25/07/2017
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus09/07/2018
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta27/02/2014
    Centipedes & MillipedesWhite-legged Snake MillipedeTachypodoiulus niger15/03/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea31/07/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis07/07/2015
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens01/06/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella01/06/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesLarge Red DamselflyPyrrhosoma nymphula01/06/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum28/07/2017
    Ferns & HorsetailsMale-fernDryopteris filix-mas09/02/2018
    FliesFace FlyMusca autumnalis17/08/2018
    FliesHolly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis agg.20/02/2017
    FliesPoecilobothrus nobilitatus25/07/2017
    FliesSarcophaga sp.27/07/2017
    FliesYellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria12/07/2018
    FungiBirch WoodwartAnnulohypoxylon multiforme04/01/2018
    FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae23/11/2017
    FungiSt George's MushroomCalocybe gambosa24/04/2015
    FungiSilverleaf FungusChondrostereum purpureum24/01/2017
    FungiGlistening InkcapCoprinellus micaceus25/01/2018
    FungiCommon JellyspotDacrymyces stillatus20/12/2017
    FungiBlushing BracketDaedaleopsis confragosa05/12/2017
    FungiKing Alfred's CakesDaldinia concentrica23/01/2018
    FungiBlack Witches ButterExidia glandulosa24/02/2017
    FungiCrystal Brain FungusExidia nucleata04/01/2018
    FungiVelvet ShankFlammulina velutipes19/01/2017
    FungiFalse ChanterelleHygrophoropsis aurantiaca24/01/2017
    FungiElder WhitewashHyphodontia sambuci27/01/2017
    FungiIllosporiopsis christiansenii24/01/2017
    FungiField BlewitLepista saeva05/12/2017
    FungiStump PuffballLycoperdon pyriforme05/12/2017
    FungiCoral SpotNectria cinnabarina19/01/2017
    FungiJelly Rot FungusPhlebia tremellosa24/01/2017
    FungiViolet Bramble RustPhragmidium violaceum23/01/2018
    FungiOyster MushroomPleurotus ostreatus20/12/2017
    FungiSycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum05/12/2017
    FungiScarlet ElfcupSarcoscypha austriaca21/03/2018
    FungiAlder TongueTaphrina alni17/08/2018
    FungiTurkeytailTrametes versicolor19/01/2017
    FungiYellow BrainTremella mesenterica19/01/2017
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon19/01/2017
    FungiDead Man's FingersXylaria polymorpha27/01/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis24/04/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesField Wood-rushLuzula campestris24/04/2018
    Grasshoppers & CricketsLesser Marsh GrasshopperChorthippus albomarginatus25/07/2018
    Grasshoppers & CricketsOak Bush-cricketMeconema thalassinum17/08/2018
    Grasshoppers & CricketsSlender GroundhopperTetrix subulata26/05/2016
    harvestman (Opiliones)Nemastoma bimaculatum12/12/2018
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus30/06/2015
    HoverfliesMelangyna cincta20/04/2015
    HoverfliesMyathropa florea02/10/2019
    HoverfliesLong HoverflySphaerophoria scripta28/07/2017
    HoverfliesVolucella inanis31/07/2017
    HoverfliesVolucella zonaria27/07/2017
    insect - hymenopteranLasius niger sensu lato27/07/2017
    LichensLecidella elaeochroma14/12/2017
    LichensHammered Shield LichenParmelia sulcata14/12/2017
    LichensPhyscia adscendens12/01/2018
    LichensXanthoria parietina20/01/2017
    MammalsMuntjacMuntiacus reevesi27/02/2015
    MammalsRabbitOryctolagus cuniculus04/01/2018
    MammalsGrey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis15/05/2015
    MammalsRed FoxVulpes vulpes05/12/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsWalnut Leaf Gall MiteAceria erinea02/07/2018
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsPhyllocoptes populi31/07/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsCommon Feather-mossKindbergia praelonga14/12/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsWood Bristle-mossOrthotrichum affine14/12/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsSpringy Turf-mossRhytidiadelphus squarrosus12/01/2018
    MothsSallow ButtonAcleris hastiana17/03/2015
    MothsSpotted MagpieAnania coronata20/07/2015
    MothsSmall MagpieAnania hortulata25/07/2017
    MothsLilac BeautyApeira syringaria07/07/2015
    MothsHorse-chestnut Leaf MinerCameraria ohridella25/07/2017
    MothsRed UnderwingCatocala nupta25/07/2017
    MothsInlaid Grass-veneerCrambus pascuella02/07/2018
    MothsCommon Marbled CarpetDysstroma truncata04/06/2015
    MothsHypericum PigmyEctoedemia septembrella21/09/2020
    MothsDingy FootmanEilema griseola28/07/2017
    MothsDouble-striped PugGymnoscelis rufifasciata10/04/2015
    MothsPoplar Hawk-mothLaothoe populi25/07/2016
    MothsClouded BorderLomaspilis marginata09/07/2015
    MothsWillow BeautyPeribatodes rhomboidaria25/07/2017
    MothsSwallow ProminentPheosia tremula11/08/2016
    MothsLondon MidgetPhyllonorycter platani25/07/2018
    MothsMeal MothPyralis farinalis25/08/2016
    MothsPurple ThornSelenia tetralunaria10/04/2015
    MothsGolden PigmyStigmella aurella15/03/2018
    MothsCurrant ClearwingSynanthedon tipuliformis25/06/2015
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae12/07/2018
    Slime MouldsReticularia lycoperdon16/04/2015
    Slugs & SnailsGreenhouse SlugAmbigolimax valentianus17/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsBrown Soil SlugArion distinctus20/01/2017
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus31/07/2017
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis08/03/2017
    Slugs & SnailsChestnut SlugDeroceras invadens24/02/2017
    Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum24/02/2017
    Slugs & SnailsDiscus SnailDiscus rotundatus04/01/2018
    Slugs & SnailsIrish Yellow SlugLimacus maculatus20/03/2017
    Slugs & SnailsHairy SnailTrochulus hispidus25/01/2018
    SpidersClubiona reclusa02/10/2019
    SpidersClubiona terrestris02/10/2019
    SpidersEpisinus angulatus19/03/2020
    SpidersEro aphana02/10/2019
    SpidersEro furcata02/10/2019
    SpidersGnathonarium dentatum02/10/2019
    SpidersGongylidium rufipes02/10/2019
    SpidersMetellina segmentata17/08/2018
    SpidersNeriene clathrata19/03/2020
    SpidersNigma walckenaeri21/09/2020
    SpidersWalnut Orb WeaverNuctenea umbratica18/02/2015
    SpidersPaidiscura pallens30/05/2019
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis11/04/2019
    SpidersTetragnatha montana19/03/2019
    Springtails & BristletailsDicyrtomina ornata12/12/2018
    Springtails & BristletailsDicyrtomina saundersi19/03/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsEntomobrya nicoleti12/12/2018
    Springtails & BristletailsOrchesella cincta12/12/2018
    Springtails & BristletailsOrchesella villosa12/12/2018
    Springtails & BristletailsSminthurinus reticulatus12/12/2018
    Springtails & BristletailsTomocerus minor19/03/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHazelCorylus avellana19/01/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSpurge-laurelDaphne laureola23/01/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior13/06/2012
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix20/01/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium20/01/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersEuropean LarchLarix decidua24/01/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHoneysuckleLonicera periclymenum26/07/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa24/02/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRed CurrantRibes rubrum27/07/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.26/07/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRaspberryRubus idaeus02/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra13/06/2012
    WildflowersGround-elderAegopodium podagraria13/06/2012
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata24/04/2018
    WildflowersRamsonsAllium ursinum15/03/2018
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris24/04/2018
    WildflowersLords-and-LadiesArum maculatum08/03/2017
    WildflowersBlack HorehoundBallota nigra04/07/2015
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis13/06/2012
    WildflowersWhite BryonyBryonia dioica27/07/2017
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare13/06/2012
    WildflowersField BindweedConvolvulus arvensis28/07/2017
    WildflowersSowbreadCyclamen hederifolium25/07/2017
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum13/06/2012
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna15/03/2018
    WildflowersSnowdropGalanthus nivalis25/01/2018
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine25/01/2018
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum13/06/2012
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum24/04/2018
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum27/07/2017
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides13/06/2012
    WildflowersHybrid BluebellHyacinthoides x massartiana24/04/2018
    WildflowersSquare-stalked St John's-wortHypericum tetrapterum31/07/2017
    WildflowersStinking IrisIris foetidissima05/12/2017
    WildflowersYellow IrisIris pseudacorus13/06/2012
    WildflowersHoary RagwortJacobaea erucifolia25/07/2014
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris25/07/2017
    WildflowersRed Dead-nettleLamium purpureum13/06/2012
    WildflowersNipplewortLapsana communis27/07/2017
    WildflowersCommon DuckweedLemna minor20/01/2017
    WildflowersPurple-loosestrifeLythrum salicaria25/07/2017
    WildflowersPineappleweedMatricaria discoidea27/07/2017
    WildflowersCultivated Daffodil agg.Narcissus15/03/2018
    WildflowersLong-headed PoppyPapaver dubium13/06/2012
    WildflowersGreen AlkanetPentaglottis sempervirens30/04/2015
    WildflowersCreeping CinquefoilPotentilla reptans28/07/2017
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris25/07/2017
    WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris28/07/2017
    WildflowersCelery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus13/06/2012
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa13/06/2012
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius24/02/2017
    WildflowersGlory-of-the-snowScilla forbesii15/03/2018
    WildflowersCommon GroundselSenecio vulgaris13/06/2012
    WildflowersHedge MustardSisymbrium officinale10/07/2015
    WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper27/07/2017
    WildflowersLesser StitchwortStellaria graminea25/07/2014
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.20/03/2012
    WildflowersRed CloverTrifolium pratense25/07/2017
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens25/07/2017
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica13/06/2012
    WildflowersBrooklimeVeronica beccabunga13/06/2012
    WildflowersGermander SpeedwellVeronica chamaedrys09/02/2018
    WildflowersSlender SpeedwellVeronica filiformis23/03/2017
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa13/06/2012
    WildflowersSweet VioletViola odorata20/03/2017
    Woodlice, CrustaceansWater Hog-louseAsellus aquaticus12/12/2018
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Shiny WoodlouseOniscus asellus20/01/2017
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum27/01/2017
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Pygmy WoodlouseTrichoniscus pusillus agg.23/01/2018
    WormsBrandling WormEisenia fetida20/03/2017