Aylestone Meadows

    Wildlife Highlights

    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.

    Bioblitz image.JPG

    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.

    Wild places

    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.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    KestrelFalco tinnunculus11/03/2019Dineke ten Hove
    WoodcockScolopax rusticola26/02/2019rockfowl
    Barn OwlTyto alba26/02/2019rockfowl
    SnipeGallinago gallinago26/02/2019rockfowl
    Red FoxVulpes vulpes26/02/2019rockfowl
    KingfisherAlcedo atthis08/02/2019David Gould
    PheasantPhasianus colchicus07/02/2019David Gould
    RavenCorvus corax18/12/2018David Gould
    RedwingTurdus iliacus16/12/2018David Gould
    PineappleweedMatricaria discoidea29/11/2018Saharima Roenisch
    HogweedHeracleum sphondylium29/11/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Dog-roseRosa canina29/11/2018Rowan Roenisch
    Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea20/10/2018David Gould
    7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata20/10/2018David Gould
    Dock BugCoreus marginatus20/10/2018David Gould
    Getting There

    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.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusMossy Willow Catkin GallCauser unknown (Mossy Willow Gall)25/08/2017
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo08/04/2010
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris27/05/2016
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria18/05/2013
    Barklice & BookliceGraphopsocus cruciatus20/10/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAchaius oratorius04/09/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes15/04/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera09/06/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius12/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum01/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris09/06/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsIvy BeeColletes hederae15/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGorytes laticinctus16/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus31/03/2009
    Bees, Wasps, AntsJet AntLasius fuliginosus29/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFabricius' Nomad BeeNomada fabriciana09/06/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGerman WaspVespula germanica29/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris11/10/2015
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata18/05/2013
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata18/05/2013
    BeetlesAltica lythri13/05/2010
    BeetlesWater LadybirdAnisosticta novemdecimpunctata06/08/2016
    BeetlesApion frumentarium23/05/2017
    BeetlesAplotarsus incanus18/05/2013
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis18/05/2013
    BeetlesBembidion lunulatum31/03/2009
    BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata18/04/2015
    BeetlesCantharis nigra26/06/2016
    BeetlesCantharis rustica04/06/2016
    BeetlesViolet Ground BeetleCarabus violaceus18/09/2015