Ratby Church

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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.

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Total species seen at this site: 209

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.

Description

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.

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Latest Records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
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
Grey-cushioned GrimmiaGrimmia pulvinata20/03/2017David Nicholls
Irish Yellow SlugLimacus maculatus20/03/2017David Nicholls
Yellow Meadow AntLasius flavus20/03/2017David Nicholls
Ant WoodlousePlatyarthrus hoffmannseggi20/03/2017David Nicholls
Great Hairy Screw-mossSyntrichia ruralis subsp. ruralis20/03/2017David Nicholls
Springy Turf-mossRhytidiadelphus squarrosus20/03/2017David Nicholls
Common Feather-mossKindbergia praelonga20/03/2017David Nicholls
DaisyBellis perennis04/01/2017David Nicholls
Dandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.04/01/2017David Nicholls
Common NettleUrtica dioica04/01/2017David Nicholls

Getting There

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

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