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
    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
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesWalnut Leaf Gall MiteAceria erinea04/09/2017
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesRed Pustule GallAceria myriadeum07/06/2017
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium24/03/2017
    insect - orthopteranAcrididae12/06/2017
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus15/03/2017
    Slugs & SnailsSmooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula30/09/1989
    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
    WildflowersGarden Lady's-mantleAlchemilla mollis25/05/2012
    WildflowersCommon Water-plantainAlisma plantago-aquatica26/07/2017
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata21/04/2018
    WildflowersThree-cornered GarlicAllium triquetrum25/05/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis07/04/2017
    BeetlesAltica lythri25/05/2012
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAmaurobius fenestralis15/05/2015
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesBlack Lace-weaver SpiderAmaurobius ferox15/05/2015
    Slugs & SnailsGreenhouse SlugAmbigolimax valentianus13/04/2017
    WildflowersPyramidal OrchidAnacamptis pyramidalis06/07/2017
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos26/04/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesEmperor DragonflyAnax imperator03/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva09/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari07/08/2019