St. Peters Churchyard

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 115

    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
    Hedge MustardSisymbrium officinale20/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Grey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis20/05/2020Saharima 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
    Prickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper22/04/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Agromyza anthracina08/11/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Tawny FunnelLepista flaccida08/11/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Budapest SlugTandonia budapestensis08/11/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Garden SnailCornu aspersum08/11/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Common DarterSympetrum striolatum08/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Butterfly-bushBuddleja davidii08/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Lepraria incana agg.08/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Male-fernDryopteris filix-mas08/08/2019Saharima Roenisch

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata15/04/2019
    FliesBee FlyBombylius major17/04/2019
    FungiBitter Chocolate RustUromyces ficariae02/05/2018
    FungiBlack BulgarBulgaria inquinans20/03/2019
    WildflowersBlack NightshadeSolanum nigrum29/07/2015
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula20/03/2019
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus18/03/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.15/03/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBread WheatTriticum aestivum10/07/2019
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis21/03/2019
    Slugs & SnailsBudapest SlugTandonia budapestensis08/11/2019
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula03/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersButterfly-bushBuddleja davidii08/08/2019
    WildflowersCaper SpurgeEuphorbia lathyris07/03/2019
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone16/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsChestnut SlugDeroceras invadens17/03/2019
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae24/07/2019
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine07/03/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Bee WaspNomada ruficornis17/04/2019
    Dragonflies and Damselflies