Humberstone Park, Leicester

    Getting There

    There are several entrances to the park.  Pedestrian access off Ambassador Road and Uppingham Road and vehicle access via Saltesford Road off Uppingham Road is provided.  A  car park is located next to the brook at Saltesford Road.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 35

    Description

    Humberstone Park was opened in 1925 and covers 20 acres. The Bushby Brook and old Great Northern Railway embankment have been incorporated into the park to create havens for wildlife.
    The main section of the park is largely amenity grass which provides an area for football and cricket to be played, but away from this, the former railway line is designated as a Local Nature Reserve and was previously managed by Groundwork Leicester and Leicestershire before being taken over by The Conservation Volunteers.  The site is now managed by Leicester Environmental Volunteers under Parks Services.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The Ambassador Road brook flows into the park from the north boundary of the park to join the Bushby Brook which dissects the park in two and flows from east to west towards the city.  Both brooks have been previously heavily engineered as part of a previous flood alleviation scheme and are of limited wildlife value.  The land adjacent to Ambassador Road brook has a number of large, mature trees that provide a pleasant and shaded walk where Harts tongue fern is present.  The Bushy brook also has a number of mature trees and woodland planting next to the brook.


    To the south and south-west boundary lies Rally Bank Local Nature Reserve which is part of the former railway line and sidings.  The embankment is a steep wooded bank with some ageing mature trees and general scrub under-storey with a wider area comprised of mature hazel coppice and open grassland.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    SwiftApus apus07/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    AshFraxinus excelsior07/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    ElderSambucus nigra07/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Silver BirchBetula pendula07/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    HawthornCrataegus monogyna07/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Field MapleAcer campestre07/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Red OakQuercus rubra07/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Common FroghopperPhilaenus spumarius07/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    RingletAphantopus hyperantus07/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Meadow BrownManiola jurtina07/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Holly BlueCelastrina argiolus07/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Small SkipperThymelicus sylvestris07/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Green-veined WhitePieris napi07/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Gymnosporangium sp.07/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    TimothyPhleum pratense07/07/2018Saharima Roenisch

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis07/07/2018
    BirdsSwiftApus apus07/07/2018
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula30/01/2018
    BirdsGreat TitParus major30/01/2018
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula30/01/2018
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula30/01/2018
    BugsCommon FroghopperPhilaenus spumarius07/07/2018
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus07/07/2018
    ButterfliesHolly BlueCelastrina argiolus07/07/2018
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina07/07/2018
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi07/07/2018
    ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris07/07/2018
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium30/01/2018
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesYellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria07/07/2018
    FungiKing Alfred's CakesDaldinia concentrica30/01/2018
    FungiSessile EarthstarGeastrum fimbriatum30/01/2018
    FungiGymnosporangium sp.07/07/2018
    FungiViolet Bramble RustPhragmidium violaceum30/01/2018
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon30/01/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTimothyPhleum pratense07/07/2018
    MammalsGrey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis30/01/2018
    MothsGolden Pigmy agg.Stigmella aurella agg.30/01/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre07/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula07/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersButterfly-bushBuddleja davidii30/01/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna07/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior07/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix30/01/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersScots PinePinus sylvestris30/01/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRed OakQuercus rubra07/07/2018