Evington Park

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    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: 427

    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
    Wild Service-treeSorbus torminalis19/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    King Alfred's CakesDaldinia concentrica19/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Red ValerianCentranthus ruber19/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Sarcophaga sp.19/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Strawberry SnailTrochulus striolatus04/05/2020CAPochin
    GreenfinchCarduelis chloris27/04/2020Saharima Roenisch
    RobinErithacus rubecula27/04/2020Saharima Roenisch
    BlackbirdTurdus merula27/04/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Grey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis27/04/2020Saharima Roenisch
    PeacockAglais io23/04/2020Saharima Roenisch
    7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata23/04/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Agromyza anthracina27/11/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Common Grey DiscoMollisia cinerea27/11/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Nut-tree PigmyStigmella microtheriella25/11/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Fly AgaricAmanita muscaria21/10/2019Saharima Roenisch

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre31/05/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersNorway MapleAcer platanoides05/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus02/05/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver MapleAcer saccharinum25/06/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsRed Pustule GallAceria aceriscampestris07/06/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsWalnut Leaf Gall MiteAceria erinea04/09/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsCauliflower Gall MiteAceria fraxinivora14/05/2019
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium24/03/2017
    insect - orthopteranAcrididae12/06/2017
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus13/12/2017
    Slugs & SnailsSmooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula12/05/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRed Horse-chestnutAesculus carnea12/05/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHorse-chestnutAesculus hippocastanum17/04/2017
    FungiField MushroomAgaricus campestris06/11/2018
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io05/07/2017
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae07/06/2017
    MothsCommon Grass-veneerAgriphila tristella04/08/2019
    FliesAgromyza anthracina27/11/2019
    WildflowersGarden Lady's-mantleAlchemilla mollis25/05/2012
    WildflowersCommon Water-plantainAlisma plantago-aquatica26/07/2017
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata04/04/2017
    WildflowersThree-cornered GarlicAllium triquetrum25/05/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis07/04/2017
    BeetlesAltica lythri25/05/2012
    FungiFly AgaricAmanita muscaria21/10/2019
    SpidersAmaurobius fenestralis15/05/2015
    SpidersBlack Lace-weaver SpiderAmaurobius ferox15/05/2015
    Slugs & SnailsGreenhouse SlugAmbigolimax valentianus13/04/2017
    WildflowersPyramidal OrchidAnacamptis pyramidalis06/07/2017
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos26/04/2019