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 flavus20/03/2017
    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 madidus19/09/2013
    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