Aston Lodge Residents Association

Nature & Environment

Despite the large number of houses and considerable population on Aston Lodge Park, there is a wonderful array of flora and fauna, both on the estate and in the surrounding countryside...

We know this because we are fortunate to have Dr. David Emley, an experienced naturalist and photographer, living on the estate. Those of you who follow Aston Lodge Residents, will have seen the amazing photographs of birds, insects and flowers that Dave (and other residents) have posted. We are very fortunate to have this information available to us and it has helped raise awareness to the incredible natural world that is right on our doorstep. ALRA is committed to supporting the improvement of the ecology and biodiversity on Aston Lodge Park. It benefits us all in so many ways and gives us so much enjoyment.

Cherry Blossom on Aston Lodge Parkway
Cherry Blossom on Aston Lodge Parkway

While it is fairly densely packed, Aston Lodge Park is surrounded on two sides by open countryside and also lies close to the valley of the River Trent. These two facts have a great influence on the fauna and flora that we find here. Also, as the gardens on the estate mature, they will attract more and more wildlife. Collectively, our gardens are a major nature reserve.

Over the years, we have recorded over 900 species of flora and fauna on the estate and its surrounds. Much of it is common, but there are some species that are rare or scarce on a county basis – and some of those were found in residents' gardens!

Natural History of Aston Lodge Park

This comprehensive report documents the Natural History of Aston Lodge Park between 1996 and 2021.

Photo Collections

Select the images below to view these collections, kindly compiled by Dave.

Note: Some of these collections are quite large, so, you may like to view them when connected to Wi-Fi. Hover over the image to see the size of each collection.

Dave also hosts fascinating guided nature walks for us. Keep an eye on the Social & Events page, for news of upcoming events.


Copyright © - November 2021. Unless otherwise stated, images and text: David Emley. All rights reserved.