St. Peters Churchyard

    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.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 83


    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.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Wavy Bitter-cressCardamine flexuosa19/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    NipplewortLapsana communis19/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Melecta albifrons18/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Green ShieldbugPalomena prasina18/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Wood MouseApodemus sylvaticus17/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Common Bee WaspNomada ruficornis17/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines17/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Bee FlyBombylius major17/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Wood AvensGeum urbanum16/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    CuckooflowerCardamine pratensis16/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria16/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Holly BlueCelastrina argiolus16/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Carrion CrowCorvus corone16/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Harlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis16/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Harlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis16/04/2019Saharima Roenisch

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes17/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera10/04/2019
    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 septempunctata15/04/2019
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis15/03/2019
    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
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines17/04/2019
    ButterfliesHolly BlueCelastrina argiolus16/04/2019
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria06/04/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesAgromyza flavipennis18/05/2018
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBee FlyBombylius major17/04/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesCerodontha iridis15/03/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesContarinia tiliarum24/06/2015
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesHolly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis15/03/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesPhytomyza ranunculi02/05/2018
    FungiBlack BulgarBulgaria inquinans20/03/2019