Bradgate Park

    Wildlife Highlights

    Birdlife is profuse - the reservoir attracts many species of wildfowl, as does the river, and the spinneys provide secluded nesting areas for many other species, including large colonies of rooks and jackdaws. Species such as yellowhammer, reed bunting, skylark and meadow pipit are a common sight in the open areas of the park. Deadly nightshade is allowed to grow within the ruins of Bradgate House, having been originally established there during World War II by Leicester Polytechnic's School of Pharmacy for medicinal purposes.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 780


    Bradgate Park is Leicestershire’s most popular park. Located in Charnwood Forest just northwest of Leicester it covers 850 acres (3 km²). The River Lin runs through it, flowing into Cropston Reservoir which was constructed on part of the park. To the north-east lies Swithland Wood. The park's two well known landmarks, Old John and the war memorial, both lie close to the 200m contour. The landscape is rocky moorland with a covering of coarse grass and bracken. Several spinneys of woodland (pine and mixed deciduous) are enclosed by stone walls, and are not accessible to the public. There are a number of magnificent specimens of ancient oaks several hundreds of years old. The park is home to herds of red deer and fallow deer.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Common QuakerOrthosia cerasi17/04/2019MFBraker
    Powdered QuakerOrthosia gracilis17/04/2019MFBraker
    Twin-spotted QuakerAnorthoa munda17/04/2019MFBraker
    Small QuakerOrthosia cruda17/04/2019MFBraker
    Clouded DrabOrthosia incerta17/04/2019MFBraker
    Hebrew CharacterOrthosia gothica17/04/2019MFBraker
    Grey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria13/04/2019David Nicholls
    Red DeerCervus elaphus04/04/2019Barbara Cooper
    Common Stork's-billErodium cicutarium30/03/2019Barbara Cooper
    Barren StrawberryPotentilla sterilis28/03/2019Barbara Cooper
    PeacockAglais io28/03/2019Barbara Cooper
    SkylarkAlauda arvensis28/03/2019Barbara Cooper
    Tawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva28/03/2019Barbara Cooper
    Fallow DeerDama dama28/03/2019Barbara Cooper
    BeechFagus sylvatica28/03/2019Barbara Cooper
    Getting There

    The park lies between the villages of Newtown Linford, Anstey, Cropston, Woodhouse Eaves and Swithland. There are pay car parks at Cropston Reservoir, Newtown Linford, and Hunts Hill (at the top of the park near Old John). The park is open from dawn until dusk all year round, though the public footpaths which run through the area mean that in practice the park is always accessible. There is a visitors' centre (with cafe) at Newtown Linford, and another in the centre of the park named the Deer Barn near Bradgate House. It is also possible to travel to the park by bus with routes from both Leicester and Loughborough.

    Managed By
    The Bradgate Park Trust

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.10/10/2017
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria22/03/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria13/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva16/04/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena humilis15/07/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGirdled Mining BeeAndrena labiata26/05/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena ovatula06/06/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix19/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari19/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis10/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera20/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida08/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius25/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.18/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum30/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHill Cuckoo BeeBombus rupestris07/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris16/04/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca12/07/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus01/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis10/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum10/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsPimpla rufipes15/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro30/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGerman WaspVespula germanica30/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris07/10/2013
    BeetlesGolden-bloomed Grey LonghornAgapanthia villosoviridescens23/06/2017
    BeetlesAmpedus balteatus20/06/2010
    BeetlesOak Leaf-rollerAttelabus nitens23/07/2017
    BeetlesCantharis livida20/05/2016
    BeetlesCantharis nigra10/07/2013