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    • Selected parish = BLUE
    • Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN

    To find out more about featured Wild Places in and around the parish (red boundaries on the map), visit the Wild Places link on the main menu and enter the parish name into the parish selection box to see species lists and images. Contact NatureSpot if you have an idea for any additional Wild Places.

    Ferns for Fanatics

    Fern expert Geoffrey Hall discusses the ferns of Leicestershire and Rutland (VC55), describing the most commonly occurring species and how to identify them, rare ferns, and encourages us all to become pteridomaniacs:

    Total species seen in this parish: 438


    Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

    Wild places

    Welcome to Markfield

    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.

    Recording Markfield Wildlife

    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.

    Parish Update

    The parish is blessed with several wildlife-rich sites, including the Altar Stones nature reserve managed by the Wildlife Trust and Hill Hole Quarry.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Small HeathCoenonympha pamphilus20/05/
    Mistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus17/05/2020GavinGamble
    Small HeathCoenonympha pamphilus17/05/2020GavinGamble
    BuzzardButeo buteo17/05/2020GavinGamble
    WhitethroatSylvia communis17/05/2020GavinGamble
    Formica lemani17/05/2020GavinGamble
    Formica lemani17/05/2020GavinGamble
    Small Black AntLasius niger17/05/2020GavinGamble
    ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita01/05/2020David Nicholls
    Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus01/05/2020David Nicholls
    FoxgloveDigitalis purpurea01/05/2020David Nicholls
    Green Long-hornAdela reaumurella01/05/2020David Nicholls
    Common VetchVicia sativa01/05/2020David Nicholls
    Grey Gorse PiercerCydia ulicetana01/05/2020David Nicholls
    GorseUlex europaeus01/05/2020David Nicholls

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusNostoc commune31/12/2015
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.14/02/2017
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo21/05/2012
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria16/03/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAmblyteles armatorius17/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari19/03/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera11/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsField Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus campestris27/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum02/06/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius11/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum18/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum11/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHill Cuckoo BeeBombus rupestris18/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris07/09/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis11/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae27/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca11/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFormica lemani08/07/1993
    Bees, Wasps, AntsIchneumon confusor28/01/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger17/05/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsLindenius albilabris23/07/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsMyrmica sabuleti08/07/1993
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana11/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNomada lathburiana13/05/2019
    BeetlesAnthobium unicolor11/03/2020
    BeetlesApion rubens27/05/2016
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis02/06/2011
    BeetlesRaspberry BeetleByturus tomentosus02/06/2011
    BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata02/06/2011
    BeetlesCantharis nigricans11/06/2015

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers2499
    Bees, Wasps, Ants2031
    Mosses & Liverworts1935
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges1522
    Slugs & Snails1016
    Craneflies, Gnats & Midges45
    Ferns & Horsetails49
    Grasshoppers & Crickets46
    Springtails & Bristletails33
    Centipedes & Millipedes35
    Woodlice, Crustaceans23
    Algae, Bacteria, Virus23
    Lacewings & Scorpionflies11
    Dragonflies and Damselflies12
    Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions11