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.

Further information

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.

Our annual Leicester Bioblitz is great fun and finds out what species of flora and fauna live in our parks and nature reserves. Helped by specialists and local people who find and record the species over a 24 hour period, these events help to make sure areas are managed to conserve the wildlife found there.

See our Making Wildlife Count document below to find out more about these projects and how to join in.

Wild about Leicester Project

We have a range of sites across Leicester that are designated for their local wildlife and nature conservation. They help support rare wildlife and need to be managed sensitively. We are looking for volunteers to get involved with conservation work on our Local Nature Reserves and Local Wildlife Sites and help us manage and improve the range of habitat types.

The work changes fortnightly/monthly and seasonally. It guarantees that you will see new sites and learn new skills with lots of variety. All aspects of conservation management are covered from coppicing, tree planting, pond work and meadow management.

You will be working as part of a group of up to 10 volunteers with a staff member, but you will be shown how to do the work and can work at your own pace and according to your own abilities.

The role is carried out by our Nature Conservation Team as part of the Wild about Leicester project. 

When are the conservation days?

The conservation days are held once or twice a month between 10am and 3pm.

If you would like to join them or learn more, email Richard Kelly

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. 

For more information about the Watch Points please see the LROS website linked above or the Making Wildlife Count document, attached below.