Welcome to the Markfield NatureSpot page which gives local residents the opportunity to find out about, and contribute to our knowledge of, the wildlife in our parish. Just click on the headers of these news stories to read more.
The parish is blessed with several wildlife-rich sites, including the Altar Stones nature reserve managed by the Wildlife Trust and Hill Hole Quarry.
Total species seen in this parish: 483
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council
Verges for wildlife
Parish Councils are being invited by Leicestershire County Council to take over the management of selected road verges in their area in order to improve their value for wildlife. So far, over 50 verges have been adopted and all have been, or will be, surveyed by NatureSpot to find out which species are already growing there. Surveys in 2020 revealed a surprising diversity of flora with an average of over 30 species on each verge. Encourage your parish council to take part! More information about the project can be found here.
We would like more wildlife observations from the parish. So, if you've seen a species you recognise, from a Blue tit to a Bluebell, click on the header to find out what to do.
The images and records below are all from the parish and have been submitted by the community.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Brimstone||Gonepteryx rhamni||17/04/2021||John Hague|
|Orange Tip||Anthocharis cardamines||17/04/2021||John Hague|
|Green-veined White||Pieris napi||17/04/2021||John Hague|
|Small Tortoiseshell||Aglais urticae||17/04/2021||John Hague|
|Elder||Sambucus nigra||17/02/2021||David Nicholls|
|Common Ragwort||Jacobaea vulgaris||17/02/2021||David Nicholls|
|Garden Slug||Arion hortensis||17/02/2021||David Nicholls|
|Brown Soil Slug||Arion distinctus||17/02/2021||David Nicholls|
|Dandelion agg.||Taraxacum officinale agg.||17/02/2021||David Nicholls|
|Discus Snail||Discus rotundatus||17/02/2021||David Nicholls|
|Turkeytail||Trametes versicolor||17/02/2021||David Nicholls|
|Hammered Shield Lichen||Parmelia sulcata||17/02/2021||David Nicholls|
|Daisy||Bellis perennis||17/02/2021||David Nicholls|
|Carrion Crow||Corvus corone||17/02/2021||David Nicholls|
|Punctelia jeckeri||17/02/2021||David Nicholls|
|Species group||Total no. of species||Total no. of records|
|Trees, Shrubs & Climbers||24||113|
|Bees, Wasps, Ants||23||35|
|Mosses & Liverworts||19||36|
|Grasses, Rushes & Sedges||15||23|
|Slugs & Snails||14||22|
|Centipedes & Millipedes||5||7|
|Craneflies, Gnats & Midges||5||6|
|Springtails & Bristletails||4||4|
|Ferns & Horsetails||4||14|
|Grasshoppers & Crickets||4||6|
|Algae, Bacteria, Virus||2||3|
|Barklice & Booklice||1||1|
|Dragonflies and Damselflies||1||2|