St. Peters Churchyard
Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary
Total species seen at this site: 122
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.
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.
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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Volucella zonaria||09/08/2020||Saharima Roenisch|
|Garden Spider||Araneus diadematus||09/08/2020||Saharima Roenisch|
|7 Spot Ladybird||Coccinella septempunctata||09/08/2020||Saharima Roenisch|
|Diplocarpon rosae||09/08/2020||Saharima Roenisch|
|Wall Lettuce||Mycelis muralis||29/05/2020||Saharima Roenisch|
|Tree Bumblebee||Bombus hypnorum||29/05/2020||Saharima Roenisch|
|Green Alkanet||Pentaglottis sempervirens||29/05/2020||Saharima Roenisch|
|Spear Thistle||Cirsium vulgare||20/05/2020||Saharima Roenisch|
|Hedge Mustard||Sisymbrium officinale||20/05/2020||Saharima Roenisch|
|Grey Squirrel||Sciurus carolinensis||20/05/2020||Saharima Roenisch|
|Wild Strawberry||Fragaria vesca||20/05/2020||Saharima Roenisch|
|Fool's Parsley||Aethusa cynapium||22/04/2020||Saharima Roenisch|
|Speckled Wood||Pararge aegeria||22/04/2020||Saharima Roenisch|
|Ivy-leaved Toadflax||Cymbalaria muralis||22/04/2020||Saharima Roenisch|
|Smooth Sow-thistle||Sonchus oleraceus||22/04/2020||Saharima Roenisch|