Belgrave Hall Gardens

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 200

    Description

    Belgrave Hall was built in the early 18th century, in what was then a small village three miles from the City of Leicester.  John Throsby described the Hall in his ‘Excursions in Leicestershire’ in 1790 as “a neat little box in the midst of Flora’s pleasure”.  The formal gardens are protected by high red brick walls which shelter a variety of shrubs and climbers, including a magnificent Wisteria sinensis, reputed planted by John Ellis in 1860.

    Every owner of the Hall has helped to contribute to the gardens with two ancient black mulberry trees flanking the broad walk, a pond, mature yew trees and shady woodland compliment the magnificent formal, box-edged borders and kitchen garden containing fruit trees, herbs and other culinary delights.

    A number of glass houses would have produced a range of fruits such as peaches, grapes, nectarines and tender flowers for use in the Hall. Since the Hall became a museum in 1937, they have been developed as both a period and a botanic garden containing a wide range of plants from all over the world as well as a mix of native meadow and woodland plants to support native fauna.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The gardens of Belgrave Hall are strategically placed in the green network near to St Peters Churchyard, Belgrave Gardens and the River Soar.  It has a good number of habitats ranging from mature trees to woodland; small areas of meadow grasses and typical established woodland species. The micro-climate of the Gardens helps to support a range of plants and early blossoms invaluable to insects and especially pollinating insects. The small pond supports a number of common species of amphibians and damsel and dragonflies frequently visit to lay their eggs and start their life cycle for the next generation.

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    A BioBlitz was held in May 2018 and identified over 300 species of plants and animals over the 24 hours.  The event confirmed that the site is an important area for pollinating insects with its abundant food sources and areas to shelter. To see a full list of the species found, click here.

     

    The records and images below may include those from adjacent sites if the grid reference submitted with these records overlaps the boundary of this Wild Place.

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    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Orchard AppleMalus domestica02/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Monilinia fructigena02/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Garden SpiderAraneus diadematus02/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Strawberry SnailTrochulus striolatus02/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria02/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Green-veined WhitePieris napi02/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata02/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Hawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale02/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Green ShieldbugPalomena prasina02/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Pellitory-of-the-WallParietaria judaica02/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Apple Leaf MinerLyonetia clerkella26/08/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Mind-your-own-businessSoleirolia soleirolii26/08/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Migrant HawkerAeshna mixta26/08/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Silver YAutographa gamma26/08/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Large WhitePieris brassicae26/08/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Sarcophaga sp.26/08/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Phytomyza bipunctata26/08/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Caper SpurgeEuphorbia lathyris09/08/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Wall LettuceMycelis muralis29/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Greater CelandineChelidonium majus22/04/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Sycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum06/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Wood MouseApodemus sylvaticus17/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Blue ShieldbugZicrona caerulea17/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Common Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum17/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Small Purple & GoldPyrausta aurata10/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Myathropa florea10/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Nursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis10/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Tree-of-heavenAilanthus altissima07/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Lupin AphidMacrosiphum albifrons07/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Tulip-treeLiriodendron tulipifera07/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Swollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis05/06/2019Peter Smith
    Red Mason BeeOsmia bicornis17/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Field HorsetailEquisetum arvense17/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Herb-RobertGeranium robertianum17/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata17/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Harlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis17/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Blue TitCyanistes caeruleus10/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Great TitParus major10/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines10/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    CommaPolygonia c-album10/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Common DuckweedLemna minor10/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Tawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva10/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Dock BugCoreus marginatus10/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Wood PigeonColumba palumbus10/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    RobinErithacus rubecula10/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Golden PigmyStigmella aurella10/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    DaisyBellis perennis10/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Hairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes06/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Bee FlyBombylius major06/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Bee FlyBombylius major06/04/2019Saharima Roenisch

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris03/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva13/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes18/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera19/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum17/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius19/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum18/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum19/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger18/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed Mason BeeOsmia bicornis19/05/2018
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata17/05/2018
    BeetlesFigwort WeevilCionus scrophulariae09/05/2018
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata17/04/2019
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis17/04/2019
    BeetlesLeistus fulvibarbis17/05/2018
    BeetlesLeistus spinibarbis18/05/2018
    BeetlesScarlet Lily BeetleLilioceris lilii29/07/2017
    BeetlesPollen BeetleMeligethes aeneus17/05/2018
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis05/06/2019
    BeetlesBlack Clock BeetlePterostichus madidus18/05/2018
    BeetlesViburnum BeetlePyrrhalta viburni18/05/2018
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus03/06/2015
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos18/05/2018
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis03/04/2019
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus03/04/2019
    BirdsWhitethroatCorruca communis03/06/2015
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone08/05/2018
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus10/04/2019
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula10/04/2019
    BirdsGreat TitParus major10/04/2019
    BirdsMagpiePica pica18/05/2018
    BirdsDunnockPrunella modularis18/05/2018
    BirdsGoldcrestRegulus regulus19/05/2018
    BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea24/03/2015
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla03/06/2015
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes04/05/2016
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula18/05/2018
    BugsHawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale18/05/2018
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus10/04/2019
    BugsLupin AphidMacrosiphum albifrons07/07/2019
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina02/09/2020
    BugsBlue ShieldbugZicrona caerulea17/07/2019
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines10/04/2019
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus27/06/2018
    ButterfliesHolly BlueCelastrina argiolus04/05/2016
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina29/07/2017
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria27/06/2018
    ButterfliesLarge WhitePieris brassicae26/08/2020
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi02/09/2020
    ButterfliesSmall WhitePieris rapae19/05/2018
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album10/04/2019
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta13/09/2017
    Centipedes & MillipedesCommon CryptopsCryptops hortensis18/05/2018
    Centipedes & MillipedesCylindroiulus caeruleocinctus18/05/2018
    Centipedes & MillipedesBrown CentipedeLithobius forficatus18/05/2018
    Centipedes & MillipedesLithobius melanops18/05/2018
    Centipedes & MillipedesWestern Yellow CentipedeStigmatogaster subterranea18/05/2018
    Centipedes & MillipedesWhite-legged Snake MillipedeTachypodoiulus niger18/05/2018
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesContarinia tiliarum24/06/2015
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis05/08/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesMigrant HawkerAeshna mixta26/08/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum18/05/2018
    Ferns & HorsetailsField HorsetailEquisetum arvense18/05/2018
    FliesMurky-legged Black LegionnaireBeris chalybata17/05/2018
    FliesBee FlyBombylius major05/04/2017
    FliesCerodontha iridis03/04/2019
    FliesChromatomyia primulae28/09/2016
    FliesPhytoliriomyza melampyga08/08/2018
    FliesPhytomyza bipunctata26/08/2020
    FliesHolly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis18/05/2018
    FliesPhytomyza ranunculi02/05/2018
    FliesSarcophaga sp.26/08/2020
    FliesTachina fera18/05/2018
    FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae17/05/2018
    FungiVelvet ShankFlammulina velutipes21/11/2017
    FungiPear RustGymnosporangium sabinae05/09/2018
    FungiMonilinia fructigena02/09/2020
    FungiRose RustPhragmidium mucronatum18/05/2018
    FungiSycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum06/08/2019
    FungiPeach Leaf CurlTaphrina deformans03/06/2015
    FungiBitter Chocolate RustUromyces ficariae02/05/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesAnnual Meadow-grassPoa annua18/05/2018
    harvestman (Opiliones)Megabunus diadema18/05/2018
    HoverfliesEpistrophe eligans18/05/2018
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus19/05/2018
    HoverfliesTapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax19/05/2018
    HoverfliesThe FootballerHelophilus pendulus19/05/2018
    HoverfliesLeucozona lucorum18/05/2018
    HoverfliesChequered HoverflyMelanostoma scalare18/05/2018
    HoverfliesMyathropa florea19/05/2018
    HoverfliesWhite-footed HoverflyPlatycheirus albimanus18/05/2018
    HoverfliesVolucella inanis05/09/2018
    HoverfliesVolucella zonaria19/07/2017
    LichensCommon Greenshield LichenFlavoparmelia caperata03/04/2019
    LichensLepraria incana agg.18/05/2018
    MammalsWood MouseApodemus sylvaticus17/07/2019
    MammalsGrey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis03/04/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsCecidophyes nudus17/05/2018
    Mosses & LiverwortsCapillary Thread-mossBryum capillare18/05/2018
    Mosses & LiverwortsAnomalous Bristle-mossOrthotrichum anomalum18/05/2018
    Mosses & LiverwortsSpringy Turf-mossRhytidiadelphus squarrosus03/04/2019
    MothsSilver YAutographa gamma26/08/2020
    MothsHorse-chestnut Leaf MinerCameraria ohridella17/05/2018
    MothsApple Leaf MinerLyonetia clerkella26/08/2020
    MothsMother Of PearlPleuroptya ruralis18/07/2018
    MothsSmall Purple & GoldPyrausta aurata10/07/2019
    MothsCommon Purple & GoldPyrausta purpuralis18/05/2018
    MothsGolden PigmyStigmella aurella10/04/2019
    MothsGarden CarpetXanthorhoe fluctuata13/06/2018
    SawfliesBerberis SawflyArge berberidis18/05/2018
    SawfliesAthalia circularis18/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsGreenhouse SlugAmbigolimax valentianus18/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.18/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsBrown Soil SlugArion distinctus14/09/1985
    Slugs & SnailsGarden SlugArion hortensis18/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsHedgehog SlugArion intermedius14/09/1985
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus18/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsBlind SnailCecilioides acicula14/09/1985
    Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis02/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsGarden SnailCornu aspersum18/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsChestnut SlugDeroceras invadens14/09/1985
    Slugs & SnailsMarsh SlugDeroceras laeve14/09/1985
    Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum03/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsIrish Yellow SlugLimacus maculatus18/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsLucilla singleyana14/09/1985
    Slugs & SnailsGarlic SnailOxychilus alliarius18/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsDraparnaud's Glass SnailOxychilus draparnaudi14/09/1985
    Slugs & SnailsGreat Ramshorn SnailPlanorbarius corneus18/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsRadix labiata18/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris18/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsBudapest SlugTandonia budapestensis18/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsStrawberry SnailTrochulus striolatus02/09/2020
    Slugs & SnailsSmooth Grass SnailVallonia pulchella agg.14/09/1985
    Slugs & SnailsZonitoides arboreus14/09/1985
    SpidersBlack Lace-weaver SpiderAmaurobius ferox18/05/2018
    SpidersGarden SpiderAraneus diadematus02/09/2020
    SpidersCucumber Green Orb SpiderAraniella cucurbitina sensu lato27/06/2018
    SpidersLinyphia triangularis18/05/2018
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis10/07/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersNorway MapleAcer platanoides08/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus18/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRed Horse-chestnutAesculus carnea08/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHorse-chestnutAesculus hippocastanum18/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersTree-of-heavenAilanthus altissima07/07/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIndian Bean TreeCatalpa bignonioides22/07/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersMaidenhair TreeGinkgo biloba27/06/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix18/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium18/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersTulip-treeLiriodendron tulipifera07/07/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersOrchard AppleMalus domestica02/09/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra18/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersYewTaxus baccata08/05/2018
    WildflowersFool's ParsleyAethusa cynapium16/09/2015
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata18/05/2016
    WildflowersRamsonsAllium ursinum18/05/2018
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris18/05/2018
    WildflowersColumbine agg.Aquilegia18/05/2018
    WildflowersThale CressArabidopsis thaliana18/05/2018
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis10/04/2019
    WildflowersMarsh-marigoldCaltha palustris18/05/2018
    WildflowersHairy Bitter-cressCardamine hirsuta18/05/2018
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis04/05/2016
    WildflowersGreater CelandineChelidonium majus22/04/2020
    WildflowersField BindweedConvolvulus arvensis18/05/2018
    WildflowersBroad-leaved WillowherbEpilobium montanum18/05/2018
    WildflowersCaper SpurgeEuphorbia lathyris09/08/2020
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna02/05/2018
    WildflowersWild StrawberryFragaria vesca18/05/2018
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine18/05/2018
    WildflowersShining Crane's-billGeranium lucidum18/05/2018
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum17/04/2019
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum04/05/2016
    WildflowersSmall BalsamImpatiens parviflora03/06/2015
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album18/05/2018
    WildflowersRed Dead-nettleLamium purpureum18/05/2018
    WildflowersCommon DuckweedLemna minor10/04/2019
    WildflowersIvy-leaved DuckweedLemna trisulca18/05/2018
    WildflowersBogbeanMenyanthes trifoliata18/05/2018
    WildflowersWall LettuceMycelis muralis29/05/2020
    WildflowersWood Forget-me-notMyosotis sylvatica18/05/2018
    WildflowersPellitory-of-the-WallParietaria judaica02/09/2020
    WildflowersGreen AlkanetPentaglottis sempervirens18/05/2018
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata18/05/2018
    WildflowersYellow CorydalisPseudofumaria lutea17/06/2015
    WildflowersCommon FigwortScrophularia nodosa18/05/2018
    WildflowersCommon GroundselSenecio vulgaris18/05/2018
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara28/09/2016
    WildflowersMind-your-own-businessSoleirolia soleirolii26/08/2020
    WildflowersSmooth Sow-thistleSonchus oleraceus18/05/2018
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.18/05/2018
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara18/05/2018
    WildflowersCommon ValerianValeriana officinalis18/05/2018
    WildflowersGermander SpeedwellVeronica chamaedrys18/05/2018
    WildflowersIvy-leaved SpeedwellVeronica hederifolia24/03/2015
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa18/05/2018
    WildflowersSweet VioletViola odorata24/03/2015
    Woodlice, CrustaceansWater Hog-louseAsellus aquaticus18/05/2018
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Shiny WoodlouseOniscus asellus18/05/2018
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum18/05/2018
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Rough WoodlousePorcellio scaber18/05/2018