The area is a good all-round site for birds and occasionally throws up something unusual during migration time. It is very rich in insect life too. Some parts have notable flowers, with Marsh Marigolds growing in profusion near to the pack horse bridge in Aylestone and Restharrow along the disused Great Central Railway.
In 2013 a bioblitz was held at Aylestone Meadows, organised by the City Council. A report of the event and the species found can be seen here.
Total species seen at this site: 646
Aylestone Meadows is the best area for wildlife within the city of Leicester. It is a sizeable green wedge along the River Soar and Grand Union Canal and is also bisected by the former Great Central Railway line - now a popular walking and cycling route. In the past, a large area of the flood meadows was used as a landfill site and today the landscaped mound is used as a sports pitch. The mixture of aquatic habitats, grazed meadows, ponds and rough grassland provides a rich and diverse habitat for much wildlife.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Kestrel||Falco tinnunculus||11/03/2019||Dineke ten Hove|
|Barn Owl||Tyto alba||26/02/2019||rockfowl|
|Red Fox||Vulpes vulpes||26/02/2019||rockfowl|
|Kingfisher||Alcedo atthis||08/02/2019||David Gould|
|Pheasant||Phasianus colchicus||07/02/2019||David Gould|
|Raven||Corvus corax||18/12/2018||David Gould|
|Redwing||Turdus iliacus||16/12/2018||David Gould|
|Pineappleweed||Matricaria discoidea||29/11/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Hogweed||Heracleum sphondylium||29/11/2018||Saharima Roenisch|
|Dog-rose||Rosa canina||29/11/2018||Rowan Roenisch|
|Grey Wagtail||Motacilla cinerea||20/10/2018||David Gould|
|7 Spot Ladybird||Coccinella septempunctata||20/10/2018||David Gould|
|Dock Bug||Coreus marginatus||20/10/2018||David Gould|
There are several access points with free car parking. Canal Street, off Aylestone Road, provides good access to the city end and the car park at the end of Sanvey Lane in Aylestone village leads you into the more southern part.