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: 774


    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
    AdderVipera berus14/02/2019Barry Ingram
    Wall-rueAsplenium ruta-muraria17/01/2019Melinda Bell
    Black SpleenwortAsplenium adiantum-nigrum17/01/2019Melinda Bell
    MallardAnas platyrhynchos06/01/2019Ray Pearce
    Mute SwanCygnus olor06/01/2019Ray Pearce
    Fallow DeerDama dama06/01/2019Ray Pearce
    Carrion CrowCorvus corone03/01/2019Craig Mabbett
    Clouded FunnelClitocybe nebularis19/11/2018Saharima Roenisch
    OakmossEvernia prunastri19/11/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Fallow DeerDama dama19/11/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Parasol MushroomMacrolepiota procera19/11/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Duck MusselAnodonta anatina19/11/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Red-crested PochardNetta rufina05/11/2018petershale
    Red-crested PochardNetta rufina05/11/2018petershale
    Small CopperLycaena phlaeas24/10/2018Alan Semper
    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.16/02/2017
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria10/08/2017
    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 kollari04/02/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis19/09/2017
    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 fusca15/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus20/05/2016
    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 crabro18/09/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGerman WaspVespula germanica30/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris15/09/2018
    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
    BeetlesCarabus problematicus20/10/2016