Altar Stones

Wildlife Highlights

Amongst the heath grassland there is Tormentil, Bilberry and Heath Bedstraw. There are several small ponds and small hollows that are dominated by Soft Rush and Wavy Hair Grass.

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 146


The site is a rocky hill with rough heath grassland, stone walls and rocky outcrops. It combines the former Altar Stones Country Park with the adjacent Blacksmith's Field (named after the blacksmith's shop that was located on the corner of the site.

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Silver BirchBetula pendula01/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
Common DuckweedLemna minor01/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
Bracken MapRhopographus filicinus01/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
Violet Bramble RustPhragmidium violaceum01/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
Hairy Curtain CrustStereum hirsutum01/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
Springy Turf-mossRhytidiadelphus squarrosus01/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
HollyIlex aquifolium01/01/2018Rowan Roenisch
SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus08/11/2017Steve Mathers
Parasol MushroomMacrolepiota procera08/11/2017Steve Mathers
Jelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae08/11/2017Steve Mathers
TurkeytailTrametes versicolor08/11/2017Steve Mathers
Sulphur TuftHypholoma fasciculare08/11/2017Steve Mathers
Meadow CoralClavulinopsis corniculata08/11/2017Steve Mathers
Bleeding Oak CrustStereum gausapatum08/11/2017Steve Mathers
Clouded FunnelClitocybe nebularis08/11/2017Steve Mathers
Getting There

The site is located on the outskirts of Markfield, about 13km to the north of Leicester, very near to junction 22 on the M1. Heading towards the M1 on the A50, turn off at the Field Head roundabout and take the second left towards Markfield. Past the village the road turns a sharp left, go straight across onto Altar Stones Lane and the site is on your right.

Managed By
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust