Are you interested in learning more about nature in your local community and helping to conserve wildlife in and around Leicester?

The BioBlitz event, hosted by the Canal & River Trust and in partnership with DMU and University of Leicester, is an opportunity for you to get involved with mapping species richness and diversity in the heart of Leicester. 

We are looking for volunteers to help identify the variety of flora and fauna within Aylestone Meadows in Leicester on 31st May 2023 from 10am to 3pm. Attendees can join up to two ‘spotting’ sessions in the morning running from 10am to 12pm, and two ‘spotting’ sessions in the afternoon from 1pm to 3pm. Feel free to book onto both! 

Upon arrival, spotting groups will be allocated to attendees on a first-come first-served basis. Groups include a mix of fauna and flora; including mammals, aquatic invertebrates, aquatic plants, birds, butterflies, wildflower, grasses, and lichens. 

Follow this link for more information and to reserve your place – you need to register in advance to attend. 

The site is accessible from DMU by cycle (around 15 minutes, mostly along the Great Central Way cycle route), walking (2 miles, around 40 minutes along the canal) or public transport (around 20-25 minutes). For travel options, see the Choose How You Move website. The site has free car parking and stands for secure cycle parking.

Lunch is not provided, so please bring your own packed lunch with you if staying over the lunch break – there is also a cafe on site at the St Andrews Football Club.  

If you have any questions, please contact Ogemdi Anika on

The event is part of the Universities Partnership, bringing together local universities and partners for the benefit of the Leicester area.