St. Peters Churchyard

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 107

    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
    Common DarterSympetrum striolatum08/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Butterfly-bushBuddleja davidii08/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Male-fernDryopteris filix-mas08/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Sycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum06/08/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Hart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium24/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Red AdmiralVanessa atalanta24/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    CinnabarTyria jacobaeae24/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Common LimeTilia platyphyllos x cordata = T. x europaea24/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    GatekeeperPyronia tithonus17/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Small TortoiseshellAglais urticae17/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Horse-chestnut Leaf MinerCameraria ohridella17/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Horse-chestnutAesculus hippocastanum17/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Turkey OakQuercus cerris17/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Garden SnailCornu aspersum17/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Rosebay WillowherbChamerion angustifolium17/07/2019Saharima Roenisch

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre13/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus13/04/2019
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium15/03/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHorse-chestnutAesculus hippocastanum17/07/2019
    WildflowersFool's ParsleyAethusa cynapium16/09/2015
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae17/07/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesAgromyza flavipennis18/05/2018
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata15/03/2019
    Slugs & SnailsGreenhouse SlugAmbigolimax valentianus17/03/2019
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines17/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes17/03/2019
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris13/04/2019
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus10/07/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera10/04/2019
    MammalsWood MouseApodemus sylvaticus17/04/2019
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium24/07/2019
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis14/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum15/04/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBee FlyBombylius major30/03/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersButterfly-bushBuddleja davidii08/08/2019
    FungiBlack BulgarBulgaria inquinans20/03/2019
    MothsHorse-chestnut Leaf MinerCameraria ohridella17/07/2019
    WildflowersWavy Bitter-cressCardamine flexuosa19/04/2019
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis16/04/2019
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsCecidophyes nudus03/04/2019
    ButterfliesHolly BlueCelastrina argiolus16/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis02/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis21/03/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesCerodontha iridis15/03/2019
    WildflowersRosebay WillowherbChamerion angustifolium17/07/2019