Evington Park

    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: 418

    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.

    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.

    Bioblitz image.JPG

    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.

    Status

    Public park (Leicester City Council)

    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
    Andricus curvator04/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Common Grass-veneerAgriphila tristella04/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Beech PigmyStigmella hemargyrella04/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Profenusa pygmaea04/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Turkish HazelCorylus colurna04/08/2019Saharima 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

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Slugs & SnailsArion distinctus30/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsBourguignat's SlugArion fasciatus30/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsGarden SlugArion hortensis30/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsWorm SlugBoettgerilla pallens30/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis30/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsStriped SnailCernuella virgata30/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum30/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsGarlic SnailOxychilus alliarius30/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsCellar SnailOxychilus cellarius30/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsTrochulus sericeus30/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsStrawberry SnailTrochulus striolatus30/09/1989
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris25/05/2012
    BeetlesAltica lythri25/05/2012
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis25/05/2012
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata25/05/2012
    BeetlesPhyllobius roboretanus25/05/2012
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major25/05/2012
    BugsGraphocraerus ventralis25/05/2012
    CranefliesTipula vernalis25/05/2012
    FungiSt George's MushroomCalocybe gambosa25/05/2012
    FungiDryad's SaddlePolyporus squamosus25/05/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesGlaucous SedgeCarex flacca25/05/2012
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus25/05/2012
    Slugs & SnailsGirdled SnailHygromia cinctella25/05/2012
    SpidersXysticus cristatus25/05/2012
    WildflowersGarden Lady's-mantleAlchemilla mollis25/05/2012
    WildflowersThree-cornered GarlicAllium triquetrum25/05/2012
    WildflowersDeadly NightshadeAtropa belladonna25/05/2012
    WildflowersHairy TareErvilla hirsuta25/05/2012
    WildflowersHoary RagwortJacobaea erucifolia25/05/2012