Belgrave Hall Gardens

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    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 186


    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.

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    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

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris03/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva10/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes06/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera19/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum19/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius19/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum18/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum18/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger18/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed Mason BeeOsmia bicornis19/05/2018
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata17/05/2018
    BeetlesFigwort WeevilCionus scrophulariae17/05/2018
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata03/04/2019
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis08/05/2018
    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 viburni09/05/2018
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus20/03/2019
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos08/05/2018
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis03/04/2019
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus03/04/2019
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone03/04/2019
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus10/04/2019
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula04/05/2016
    BirdsGreat TitParus major10/04/2019
    BirdsMagpiePica pica18/05/2018