Evington Park

    Wildlife Highlights

    The park combines formal planting, tennis courts and outdoor gyms well with areas put aside for wildlife and this makes it a popular place to visit for local people.

    The main nature area is located around the back the House to the north of the formal gardens where two ponds are well vegetated with marginal plants and support good populations of smooth newt and common toad.  Dragonflies and damselflies are also well recorded here. 

    The ponds are surrounded by rough grassland and meadow which support insects and provide a good food source for foraging bats roosting in the House and mature trees.  The damp areas are excellent habitat for a range of species - including the snail Hygromia cinctella which was the first recorded sighting in Leicestershire

    The northern Park verge bordering Ethel Road is a Local Wildlife Site and includes many calcareous plants, including Pyramydal Orchid, Bee Orchid, Lady’s mantel, Hoary Plantain and Hoary Ragwort. There are numerous mature trees which attract birds such as Great Spotted Woodpecker and Nuthatch. The Black Mulberry at Evington Park is thought to have been planted in 1836, the year the house was built.

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    In 2012 a bioblitz was held at Evington Park, 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: 415

    Description

    Only two miles away from the City centre, Evington Park has the tranquil atmosphere of the country estate it once was. The 44 acres of parkland includes meadow areas, ponds and a wide variety of trees. The land was purchased by Leicester City Council and opened as a park in 1948. A Bioblitz was held on 25-26th May 2012 to record as many species as possible over a 24 hour period.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Firethorn Leaf MinerPhyllonorycter leucographella07/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Garden SpiderAraneus diadematus07/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Paidiscura pallens07/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    GatekeeperPyronia tithonus07/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Oak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari07/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Rhododendron LeafhopperGraphocephala fennahi04/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Common Grass-veneerAgriphila tristella04/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Beech PigmyStigmella hemargyrella04/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Profenusa pygmaea04/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Leaf minePhytomyza lappae15/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Volucella inanis15/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Roesel's Bush-cricketMetrioptera roeselii14/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Vetch PiercerGrapholita jungiella14/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Green CarpetColostygia pectinataria14/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    DeodarCedrus deodara12/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Getting There

    The main car park is off The Common near to Evington village and there are pedestrian entrances on Ethel Road and Cordery Road.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo13/01/2018
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris10/06/2017
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria19/03/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva14/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari07/08/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis30/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes06/04/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera09/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida12/05/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum03/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius09/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum15/05/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum06/04/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHill Cuckoo BeeBombus rupestris15/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris15/07/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris25/05/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis09/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSputnik Gall WaspDiplolepis nervosa16/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus15/05/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger15/05/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum05/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGerman WaspVespula germanica05/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris02/04/2017
    BeetlesAltica lythri25/05/2012
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis25/05/2012
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata26/03/2017
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis04/04/2017
    BeetlesCream-streaked LadybirdHarmonia quadripunctata07/06/2017
    BeetlesCommon Malachite BeetleMalachius bipustulatus11/06/2017
    BeetlesNebria brevicollis15/05/2015