- To the north of Leicester City are the chains of gravel pits roughly starting at Watermead Park up to Cossington Meadows. This large area is reasonably well watched and lots of people seem to keep a 'Soar Valley' list from this area.
- The Soar then runs through the City, as far as I know being generally unwatched apart from a couple of spots near to Belgrave/Abbey Park.
- From Freeman's Weir down to the Soar Valley Way is generally referred to as Aylestone Meadows - an area well watched in the past but maybe only Mark Andrews currently watching regularly.
- South of Soar Valley Way is the area that I think I may adopt as a patch. Not sure if the area has a generic name but 'Soar Valley South' sounds reasonable to me.
Within this boundary are the following key areas:
- Narborough Bog at the south-western corner. I visit this site occasionally through the year for mothing - maybe I ought to start recording the (few?) birds there as well.
- Jubilee Park and the Soar floodplain - the watery bit in the middle starting where the Sence and Soar converge. I envisage a Cattle Egret there every day when I drive past.
- Grove Park at the north-western corner - or at least what's left of what used to be a good birding site. Still has potential and the field opposite is often busy at certain times of year.
- The Great Central Way - now a cycle track running roughly parallel to the Grand Union Canal and the Soar.