Altar Stones


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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.

Other Wild Places

Total species seen at this site: 113


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.

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Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Marchandiomyces corallinus22/02/2017David Nicholls
Marchandiomyces corallinus22/02/2017David Nicholls
GorseUlex europaeus16/02/2017David Nicholls
Bramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.16/02/2017David Nicholls
ElderSambucus nigra16/02/2017David Nicholls
Wood SageTeucrium scorodonia16/02/2017David Nicholls
BrackenPteridium aquilinum16/02/2017David Nicholls
Soft-rushJuncus effusus16/02/2017David Nicholls
RabbitOryctolagus cuniculus16/02/2017David Nicholls
Dwarf Swan-neck MossCampylopus pyriformis16/02/2017David Nicholls
Cypress-leaved Plait-mossHypnum cupressiforme16/02/2017David Nicholls
Cladonia portentosa16/02/2017David Nicholls
Velvet ShankFlammulina velutipes16/02/2017David Nicholls
Heath Plait-mossHypnum jutlandicum16/02/2017David Nicholls
Broom Fork-mossDicranum scoparium16/02/2017David Nicholls

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.

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Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

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Species List

Group Common Name Latin Name Last Seen
Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.14/02/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca11/06/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana11/06/2015
BeetlesCantharis nigricans11/06/2015
BeetlesCommon Malachite BeetleMalachius bipustulatus11/06/2015
BeetlesOrchesia undulata08/10/2013
BeetlesRhyzobius litura07/09/2016
BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone11/06/2015
BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius23/05/2016
BirdsGoldcrestRegulus regulus14/02/2017
BugsAdarrus ocellaris29/09/2012
BugsGreen Leaf-hopperCicadella viridis29/09/2012
BugsDitropis pteridis11/06/2015
BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina29/09/2012
BugsGorse ShieldbugPiezodorus lituratus26/08/2014
ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines21/05/2012
ButterfliesWallLasiommata megera25/08/2015
ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas21/05/2012
ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria07/09/2016
ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album29/09/2012
ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus03/08/2015
ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta29/09/2012
CranefliesTipula confusa29/09/2012
Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea07/09/2016
Ferns & HorsetailsMale-fernDryopteris filix-mas29/09/2012
Ferns & HorsetailsBrackenPteridium aquilinum16/02/2017
Flies, Gnats and MidgesHolly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis16/02/2017
Flies, Gnats and MidgesPhytomyza spondylii28/07/2012
Flies, Gnats and MidgesYellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria11/06/2015
FungiPurple JellydiscAscocoryne sarcoides28/11/2013

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