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:

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.


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 plumipes13/04/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera18/05/2018
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 scrophulariae17/05/2018
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata03/04/2019
BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis18/05/2018
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 viburni18/05/2018
BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus20/03/2019
BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos08/05/2018
BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis03/04/2019
BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus18/05/2018
BirdsWhitethroatCorruca communis03/06/2015
BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone08/05/2018
BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus10/04/2019
BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula04/05/2016
BirdsGreat TitParus major10/04/2019
BirdsMagpiePica pica20/03/2019
BirdsDunnockPrunella modularis18/05/2018
BirdsGoldcrestRegulus regulus19/05/2018
BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea24/03/2015
BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla03/06/2015
BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes04/05/2016
BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula19/05/2018
BugsHawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale02/09/2020
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 argiolus08/05/2018
ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina29/07/2017
ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria02/09/2020
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 cyathigerum17/07/2019
Ferns & HorsetailsField HorsetailEquisetum arvense18/05/2018
FliesMurky-legged Black LegionnaireBeris chalybata17/05/2018
FliesBee FlyBombylius major06/04/2019
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
FliesSarcophaga26/08/2020
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 florea10/07/2019
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 valentianus02/05/2018
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 subfuscus17/05/2018
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 alliarius14/09/1985
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 pseudoplatanus08/05/2018
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 cynapium19/07/2017
WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata18/05/2018
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 majus18/05/2018
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 robertianum18/05/2016
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 nodosa13/09/2017
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