Ratby Church

Wildlife Highlights

The sandstone and granite walls of the church are covered in lichens. The boundary granite wall is also an interesting habitat with Maidenhair Spleenwort, Wall-rue and Black Spleenwort, as well as several mosses. The grassland is of interest with numerous wildflowers such as Orange Hawkweed and seasonally there are a range of fungi to be found.

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 213

Latest News

The Ratby Church Eco-team are creating a wildflower meadow in parts of the churchyard. Two areas are being left unmown to see what grows there naturally. It is hoped to introduce other suitable species next season.


The Parish Church of St. Philip and St. James has Norman origins. A Yew tree outside the main entrance has been approximately dated and is believed to be around 2,000 years old, suggesting there may have been an older place of worship at this site. The churchyard is mainly mown grass with many headstones, the older ones are made of slate.

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Wall Screw-mossTortula muralis18/01/2018David Nicholls
Grey-cushioned GrimmiaGrimmia pulvinata18/01/2018David Nicholls
Silky Wall Feather-mossHomalothecium sericeum18/01/2018David Nicholls
Purple ToadflaxLinaria purpurea18/01/2018David Nicholls
Pellitory-of-the-WallParietaria judaica18/01/2018David Nicholls
DaisyBellis perennis18/01/2018David Nicholls
Hairy SnailTrochulus hispidus15/09/2017David Nicholls
White-legged Snake MillipedeTachypodoiulus niger15/09/2017David Nicholls
Marsh SlugDeroceras laeve15/09/2017David Nicholls
Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines01/05/2017Susan Boud
Chestnut SlugDeroceras invadens20/03/2017David Nicholls
Netted SlugDeroceras reticulatum20/03/2017David Nicholls
Arion ater agg.20/03/2017David Nicholls
Garden SlugArion hortensis20/03/2017David Nicholls
Wall Screw-mossTortula muralis20/03/2017David Nicholls
Getting There

Access is via Church Lane (note this is one-way).

Group Common name Latin name Last seen
Barklice & BookliceGraphopsocus cruciatus19/09/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nigroaenea27/04/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes20/03/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius27/04/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.27/04/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis27/04/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus19/09/2013
Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger27/04/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Red AntMyrmica rubra04/08/2014
Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata30/06/2014
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata29/03/2014
BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis19/09/2013
BeetlesLeistus fulvibarbis27/04/2014
BeetlesVine WeevilOtiorhynchus sulcatus23/04/2015
BeetlesBlack Clock BeetlePterostichus madidus27/04/2014
BeetlesPterostichus vernalis27/04/2014
BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus27/04/2014
BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula27/04/2014
BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis30/06/2014
BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula08/03/2014
BugsHawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale19/09/2013
BugsCommon Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum27/04/2014
BugsBalclutha punctata29/03/2014
BugsDeraeocoris lutescens19/09/2013
BugsSloe BugDolycoris baccarum29/03/2014
BugsSycamore AphidDrepanosiphum platanoidis19/09/2013
BugsBirch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus19/09/2013
BugsParent BugElasmucha grisea19/09/2013
BugsBirch Catkin BugKleidocerys resedae19/09/2013
BugsTarnished Plant BugLygus rugulipennis29/03/2014