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.

    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
    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

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata07/06/2017
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata02/08/2018
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata26/03/2017
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris26/07/2017
    MothsAngle ShadesPhlogophora meticulosa15/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior26/06/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAspenPopulus tremula05/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAtlas CedarCedrus atlantica10/03/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella11/06/2017
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBee FlyBombylius major25/03/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBeechFagus sylvatica26/07/2017
    MothsBeech PigmyStigmella hemargyrella04/08/2019
    FungiBirch WoodwartAnnulohypoxylon multiforme11/04/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBird CherryPrunus padus12/04/2017
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara03/07/2018
    BugsBlack Bean AphidAphis fabae04/09/2017
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesBlack Lace-weaver SpiderAmaurobius ferox15/05/2015
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina25/05/2012
    WildflowersBlack NightshadeSolanum nigrum16/11/2017
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula29/12/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa02/04/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlue-tailed DamselflyIschnura elegans12/06/2017
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus01/03/2017
    Centipedes & MillipedesBlunt-tailed Snake MillipedeCylindroiulus punctatus15/03/2017
    Slugs & SnailsBourguignat's SlugArion fasciatus30/09/1989
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.03/06/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBread WheatTriticum aestivum07/06/2017
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBroad-bodied ChaserLibellula depressa10/06/2017
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius15/03/2017
    WildflowersBroad-leaved WillowherbEpilobium montanum07/06/2017