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
    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 bicornis06/04/2019
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata15/04/2019
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis16/04/2019
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis10/07/2019
    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
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae17/07/2019
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines17/04/2019
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus10/07/2019
    ButterfliesHolly BlueCelastrina argiolus16/04/2019
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria06/04/2019
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus17/07/2019
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta24/07/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum07/07/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum08/08/2019