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: 89


    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
    Mind-your-own-businessSoleirolia soleirolii10/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    RingletAphantopus hyperantus10/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Swollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis10/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Shaggy ParasolChlorophyllum rhacodes07/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    CinnabarTyria jacobaeae07/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Common Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum07/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    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

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre13/04/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus13/04/2019
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium15/03/2019
    WildflowersFool's ParsleyAethusa cynapium16/09/2015
    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 plumipes20/03/2019
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris13/04/2019
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus10/07/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera10/04/2019
    MammalsWood MouseApodemus sylvaticus17/04/2019
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis14/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum15/04/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBee FlyBombylius major17/04/2019
    FungiBlack BulgarBulgaria inquinans20/03/2019
    WildflowersWavy Bitter-cressCardamine flexuosa19/04/2019
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis16/04/2019
    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
    FungiShaggy ParasolChlorophyllum rhacodes07/07/2019
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata20/03/2019
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus05/03/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesContarinia tiliarum24/06/2015
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone16/04/2019
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus18/03/2019
    Slugs & SnailsChestnut SlugDeroceras invadens17/03/2019