St. Peters Churchyard

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 122

    Description

    The oldest building in the suburb of Belgrave, Leicester is St Peter’s church of which parts date back to the 12th century when the church was much smaller than the present building.

    The church has been closed for approximately five years, but the churchyard is open to members of the public and to enable access to the Garden of Remembrance created for the internment of ashes of local families who have a general connection with the parish of St Peters.

    Access is available at all reasonable times.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The churchyard to the south of the Church makes a positive contribution to the setting of the church with some parts never having been built on.  It contains a number of large, mature Horse Chestnut, Lime, Turkey Oak and Sycamore trees. Yew trees, typical of many churchyards are also present as well as an extensive carpet of ground flora, particularly in the spring when an impressive display of primroses comes into flower.

    Pellitory of the Wall, Wood Sedge and Deadly Nightshade have all been recorded previously - indicators of the churchyard's past and its long-established vegetation.

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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
    Volucella zonaria09/08/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Garden SpiderAraneus diadematus09/08/2020Saharima Roenisch
    7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata09/08/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Diplocarpon rosae09/08/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Wall LettuceMycelis muralis29/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Tree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum29/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Green AlkanetPentaglottis sempervirens29/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Spear ThistleCirsium vulgare20/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Hedge MustardSisymbrium officinale20/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Grey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis20/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Wild StrawberryFragaria vesca20/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Fool's ParsleyAethusa cynapium22/04/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria22/04/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Ivy-leaved ToadflaxCymbalaria muralis22/04/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Smooth Sow-thistleSonchus oleraceus22/04/2020Saharima Roenisch

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes14/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera10/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum29/05/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum15/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsMelecta albifrons18/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Bee WaspNomada ruficornis17/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed Mason BeeOsmia bicornis10/04/2019
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata15/03/2019
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis15/03/2019
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis10/07/2019
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus05/03/2019
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone16/04/2019
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus18/03/2019
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula20/03/2019
    BirdsGreat TitParus major18/03/2019
    BirdsMagpiePica pica03/04/2019
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula03/04/2019
    BirdsGoldcrestRegulus regulus18/03/2019
    BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea24/03/2015
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula20/03/2019
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina15/03/2019
    BugsRhopalus subrufus20/03/2019
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae17/07/2019
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines17/04/2019
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus10/07/2019
    ButterfliesHolly BlueCelastrina argiolus16/04/2019
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria16/04/2019
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus17/07/2019
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta24/07/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesContarinia tiliarum24/06/2015
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum07/07/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum08/08/2019
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium24/07/2019
    Ferns & HorsetailsMale-fernDryopteris filix-mas08/08/2019
    FliesAgromyza anthracina08/11/2019
    FliesAgromyza flavipennis18/05/2018
    FliesBee FlyBombylius major30/03/2019
    FliesCerodontha iridis15/03/2019
    FliesHolly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis agg.15/03/2019
    FliesPhytomyza ranunculi02/05/2018
    FungiBlack BulgarBulgaria inquinans20/03/2019
    FungiShaggy ParasolChlorophyllum rhacodes07/07/2019
    FungiDiplocarpon rosae09/08/2020
    FungiTawny FunnelLepista flaccida08/11/2019
    FungiMelampsora euphorbiae17/03/2019
    FungiPuccinia violae22/04/2020
    FungiSycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum06/08/2019
    FungiHolly SpeckleTrochila ilicina13/04/2019
    FungiBitter Chocolate RustUromyces ficariae23/03/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBread WheatTriticum aestivum10/07/2019
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus05/03/2019
    HoverfliesThe FootballerHelophilus pendulus06/04/2019
    HoverfliesVolucella zonaria09/08/2020
    LichensLepraria incana agg.08/08/2019
    LichensXanthoria parietina15/03/2019
    MammalsWood MouseApodemus sylvaticus17/04/2019
    MammalsGrey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis20/03/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsCecidophyes nudus03/04/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsGrey-cushioned GrimmiaGrimmia pulvinata20/03/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsCommon Feather-mossKindbergia praelonga20/03/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsSpringy Turf-mossRhytidiadelphus squarrosus20/03/2019
    MothsHorse-chestnut Leaf MinerCameraria ohridella17/07/2019
    MothsGolden PigmyStigmella aurella15/03/2019
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae24/07/2019
    Slugs & SnailsGreenhouse SlugAmbigolimax valentianus17/03/2019
    Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis02/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis21/03/2019
    Slugs & SnailsGarden SnailCornu aspersum17/07/2019
    Slugs & SnailsChestnut SlugDeroceras invadens17/03/2019
    Slugs & SnailsBudapest SlugTandonia budapestensis08/11/2019
    SpidersGarden SpiderAraneus diadematus09/08/2020
    SpidersWalnut Orb WeaverNuctenea umbratica30/03/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre13/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus13/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHorse-chestnutAesculus hippocastanum17/07/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersButterfly-bushBuddleja davidii08/08/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix15/03/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium15/03/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersTurkey OakQuercus cerris17/07/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.15/03/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersYewTaxus baccata15/03/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersCommon LimeTilia platyphyllos x cordata = T. x europaea24/07/2019
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium15/03/2019
    WildflowersFool's ParsleyAethusa cynapium22/04/2020
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata15/03/2019
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris13/04/2019
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis14/04/2019
    WildflowersWavy Bitter-cressCardamine flexuosa19/04/2019
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis16/04/2019
    WildflowersRosebay WillowherbChamerion angustifolium17/07/2019
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare20/05/2020
    WildflowersIvy-leaved ToadflaxCymbalaria muralis22/04/2020
    WildflowersCaper SpurgeEuphorbia lathyris07/03/2019
    WildflowersPetty SpurgeEuphorbia peplus17/03/2019
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna24/03/2015
    WildflowersWild StrawberryFragaria vesca20/05/2020
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine07/03/2019
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum18/03/2019
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum16/04/2019
    WildflowersGround-ivyGlechoma hederacea13/04/2019
    WildflowersHybrid BluebellHyacinthoides x massartiana13/04/2019
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album15/03/2019
    WildflowersRed Dead-nettleLamium purpureum03/04/2019
    WildflowersNipplewortLapsana communis19/04/2019
    WildflowersPineappleweedMatricaria discoidea17/06/2015
    WildflowersGarden Grape-hyacinth agg.Muscari armeniacum agg.05/03/2019
    WildflowersWall LettuceMycelis muralis29/05/2020
    WildflowersGreen AlkanetPentaglottis sempervirens29/05/2020
    WildflowersYellow-flowered StrawberryPotentilla indica13/04/2019
    WildflowersYellow CorydalisPseudofumaria lutea17/06/2015
    WildflowersCommon GroundselSenecio vulgaris14/04/2019
    WildflowersHedge MustardSisymbrium officinale20/05/2020
    WildflowersBlack NightshadeSolanum nigrum29/07/2015
    WildflowersMind-your-own-businessSoleirolia soleirolii10/07/2019
    WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper22/04/2020
    WildflowersSmooth Sow-thistleSonchus oleraceus15/04/2019
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.15/03/2019
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica15/03/2019
    WildflowersGermander SpeedwellVeronica chamaedrys14/04/2019
    WildflowersSlender SpeedwellVeronica filiformis15/03/2019
    WildflowersIvy-leaved SpeedwellVeronica hederifolia15/03/2019
    WildflowersSweet VioletViola odorata15/03/2019