Broughton Astley Church

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 80

Latest News

The wildlife group are busy improving the area and planning to plant trees and flowers to attract an increasing number of species.


The church of St Mary’s probably dates from 1220 although there is some evidence that there are remains from an earlier building circa 1100 incorporated into the nave walls. A Thomas de Astley or Eastley was lord of the manor and patron of the church, and gives Broughton the ‘Astley’ name. The majority of the church grounds are grassed and subject to mowing but an area at the back of the church supports a number of mature trees with a small patch of open ground in the centre. This area is being nurtured to become a wildlife area and work is ongoing to enhance the existing planting and making wildlife features to encourage wildlife onto the site. There is also a brook that runs adjacent to the site which should increase the sites excellent potential.

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Altica lythri15/04/2017Craig Mabbett
KingfisherAlcedo atthis21/01/2017Haytor
Small CopperLycaena phlaeas09/10/2016Ron.stevens
Hart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium28/05/2016Graham Calow
TurkeytailTrametes versicolor18/02/2016Divorced2
Water FigwortScrophularia auriculata06/08/2015Craig Mabbett
Wall Screw-mossTortula muralis14/03/2015Craig Mabbett
Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea21/02/2015Craig Mabbett
MoorhenGallinula chloropus31/01/2015Craig Mabbett
Pellitory-of-the-WallParietaria judaica03/10/2014Graham Calow
YewTaxus baccata03/10/2014Graham Calow
Broad-leaved CockspurthornCrataegus persimilis03/10/2014Graham Calow
Silk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis28/09/2014Craig Mabbett
Tipula oleracea28/09/2014Ron.stevens
Golden Pigmy agg.Stigmella aurella agg.23/09/2014Craig Mabbett
Further Information
Getting There

St Marys Church, Station Road. Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, LE9 6XS

Managed By
St Mary's Churchyard Broughton Astley Wildlife Group

Group Common name Latin name Last seen
AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria15/02/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera26/04/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis28/09/2014
BeetlesAltica lythri15/04/2017
BirdsKingfisherAlcedo atthis21/01/2017
BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos20/05/2013
BirdsSwiftApus apus07/05/2014
BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula01/03/2013
BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major11/02/2013
BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula26/04/2013
BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus31/01/2015
BirdsGrey WagtailMotacilla cinerea20/05/2013
BirdsGreat TitParus major04/04/2013
BirdsPheasantPhasianus colchicus01/03/2013
BirdsMagpiePica pica02/03/2013
BirdsStarlingSturnus vulgaris21/09/2014
BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula01/03/2013
BirdsMistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus02/03/2013
BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus21/09/2014
ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae04/07/2013
ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas09/10/2016
CaddisfliesRhyacophila dorsalis04/07/2013
CranefliesTipula oleracea28/09/2014
Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium28/05/2016
Ferns & HorsetailsMaidenhair SpleenwortAsplenium trichomanes21/09/2014
FishStone LoachBarbatula barbatula04/07/2013
FishBullheadCottus gobio04/07/2013
FishThree-spined SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus04/07/2013
Flies, Gnats and MidgesDasineura ulmaria23/09/2014
FungiTurkeytailTrametes versicolor18/02/2016