Belgrave Hall Gardens
- Selected Wild Place = PINK
- Other Wild Places = RED
- Public Rights of Way = GREEN
- VC55 boundary = BLUE
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.
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.
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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Sycamore Tarspot||Rhytisma acerinum||06/08/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Wood Mouse||Apodemus sylvaticus||17/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Blue Shieldbug||Zicrona caerulea||17/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Common Blue Damselfly||Enallagma cyathigerum||17/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Small Purple & Gold||Pyrausta aurata||10/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Myathropa florea||10/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Nursery Web Spider||Pisaura mirabilis||10/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Tree-of-heaven||Ailanthus altissima||07/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Lupin Aphid||Macrosiphum albifrons||07/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Tulip-tree||Liriodendron tulipifera||07/07/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Swollen-thighed Beetle||Oedemera nobilis||05/06/2019||Peter Smith|
|Red Mason Bee||Osmia bicornis||17/04/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Field Horsetail||Equisetum arvense||17/04/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Herb-Robert||Geranium robertianum||17/04/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|7 Spot Ladybird||Coccinella septempunctata||17/04/2019||Saharima Roenisch|