Altar Stones

    Wildlife Highlights

    Amongst the heath grassland there is Tormentil, Bilberry and Heath Bedstraw. There are several small ponds and small hollows that are dominated by Soft Rush and Wavy Hair Grass.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 165


    The site is a rocky hill with rough heath grassland, stone walls and rocky outcrops. It combines the former Altar Stones Country Park with the adjacent Blacksmith's Field (named after the blacksmith's shop that was located on the corner of the site.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    White-speckled SmokeNarycia duplicella26/02/2019Mark Skevington
    Banded CentipedeLithobius variegatus26/02/2019Mark Skevington
    Asciodema obsoleta23/07/2018sue
    Platycranus bicolor23/07/2018sue
    Gorse LacebugDictyonota strichnocera22/07/2018sue
    BlackbirdTurdus merula18/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    GatekeeperPyronia tithonus18/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    HoneysuckleLonicera periclymenum18/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Common Green GrasshopperOmocestus viridulus18/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Wood SageTeucrium scorodonia18/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Plagiognathus arbustorum18/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Green ShieldbugPalomena prasina18/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    TormentilPotentilla erecta18/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Common Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva18/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    RingletAphantopus hyperantus18/07/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Getting There

    The site is located on the outskirts of Markfield, about 13km to the north of Leicester, very near to junction 22 on the M1. Heading towards the M1 on the A50, turn off at the Field Head roundabout and take the second left towards Markfield. Past the village the road turns a sharp left, go straight across onto Altar Stones Lane and the site is on your right.

    Managed By
    Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust