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Promoting biodiversity

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We work with many organisations, charities and volunteers to improve and manage sites for wildlife, and raise awareness of Leicester's biodiversity and nature.

100 Species Challenge

The 100 Species Challenge is your chance to learn more about the wildlife that is all around us. How many species of plants or animals do you think you know already? How long will it take you to find one hundred?

Leicester Bee Roads

The project is aimed at improving the connectivity and diversity of our major road verges across Leicester. This is done by seeding new areas with a mix of flowering plants to provide a source of nectar, for our pollinators to feed on. Not only will this help conserve and increase the number of pollinators in our city, but it will help to provide a long-lasting spectacular display of colour for commuters, cyclists and walkers to enjoy throughout the summer.

We have created over ten sites in the first phase which are located around our outer ring-road. Look out for the Leicester Bee Road logo on lamp posts to help identify where they are.

For details of how and where the scheme has been implemented and see the Leicester Bee Road logo - see below:

Leicester BioBlitz

BioBlitz is a chance to find what wildlife is living in Leicester and to take part in helping us find and record as many species as possible – all within 24 hours. For details of what was found at last years Bioblitz at Knighton Park please see the BioBlitz newsletter below.

Leicester Peregrine Project

The fastest creatures on the planet have made Leicester their home. Peregrine Falcons have been present in Leicester for many years and have been rearing young since at least 2011. The Leicester Peregrine Project is very much a collaboration between us and the Leicestershire and Rutland Ornithological Society (LROS) to conserve and promote this prestigious species. A nest box has been installed within the spire of Leicester Cathedral, on the East face above the Nave. Both adults can be seen sitting on the nest platform, one of the crosses above the box or overlooking Cathedral Gardens. Alongside LROS, we hold regular Watch Points within the gardens to showcase the Peregrines and explain a little more about their behaviour. 


Peregrines live stream
We have set up cameras in the peregrine nesting box. Click here to view the birds in their natural habitat, and watch their chicks grow to maturity.

For more information about the Watch Points please see the Leicester Peregrine Project website or the Making Wildlife Count document, attached below.

Making Wildlife Count

We manage our natural green space by advising on appropriate management to maximise biodiversity for all to enjoy. Our 'Wild about Leicester' and 'Making Wildlife Count' projects encourages people to take part in conservation days or find out about the many projects that are currently underway that help wildlife in Leicester.

Take a look at our ‘Making Wildlife Count’ document below which shows just some of the projects that we have been involved in over the last year. Details of how to join in one of the guided walks and event days will be publicised on an on-going basis. Alternatively email to find out more about these projects and how to join in.

If you want to get involved in conservation work for wildlife, then please contact our Environmental Volunteers and help us in supporting wildlife across the city.

Walk on the Wild Side

You could take a Walk on the Wild Side with some of our expert naturalists across some of Leicester’s parks and open spaces, in partnership with the Community Walking Project. If you have an hour to spare, want to get fitter and learn about the wildlife that lives in our parks, churchyards or woods then why not visit the website and book a place?