Altar Stones

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    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
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 212

    Description

    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.

    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.

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Small HeathCoenonympha pamphilus20/05/2020hughes.s16@sky.com
    Mistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus17/05/2020GavinGamble
    Small HeathCoenonympha pamphilus17/05/2020GavinGamble
    Mouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum17/05/2020GavinGamble
    BluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta17/05/2020GavinGamble
    BuzzardButeo buteo17/05/2020GavinGamble
    WhitethroatSylvia communis17/05/2020GavinGamble
    Formica lemani17/05/2020GavinGamble
    ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita01/05/2020David Nicholls
    Willow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus01/05/2020David Nicholls
    FoxgloveDigitalis purpurea01/05/2020David Nicholls
    Green Long-hornAdela reaumurella01/05/2020David Nicholls
    Common VetchVicia sativa01/05/2020David Nicholls
    Grey Gorse PiercerCydia ulicetana01/05/2020David Nicholls
    GorseUlex europaeus01/05/2020David Nicholls

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusNostoc commune31/12/2015
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.14/02/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum18/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHill Cuckoo BeeBombus rupestris18/07/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca11/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFormica lemani17/05/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana11/06/2015
    BeetlesAnaspis fasciata01/05/2020
    BeetlesAnthobium unicolor11/03/2020
    BeetlesCantharis nigricans11/06/2015
    BeetlesGorse WeevilExapion ulicis01/05/2020
    BeetlesCommon Malachite BeetleMalachius bipustulatus11/06/2015
    BeetlesNeliocarus nebulosus11/03/2020
    BeetlesOrchesia undulata08/10/2013
    BeetlesCommon Leaf WeevilPhyllobius pyri01/05/2020
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva18/07/2018
    BeetlesRhyzobius litura11/03/2020
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus08/11/2017
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo17/05/2020
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis07/04/2017
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus07/04/2017
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone07/04/2017
    BirdsHouse MartinDelichon urbicum25/08/2017
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs07/04/2017
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius23/05/2016
    BirdsSwallowHirundo rustica25/08/2017
    BirdsGreat TitParus major07/04/2017
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita01/05/2020
    BirdsWillow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus01/05/2020
    BirdsMagpiePica pica07/04/2017
    BirdsGoldcrestRegulus regulus14/02/2017
    BirdsWhitethroatSylvia communis17/05/2020
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes25/08/2017
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula18/07/2018
    BirdsMistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus17/05/2020
    BugsAdarrus ocellaris29/09/2012
    BugsAsciodema obsoleta23/07/2018
    BugsGreen Leaf-hopperCicadella viridis29/09/2012
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus12/09/2019
    BugsGorse LacebugDictyonota strichnocera22/07/2018
    BugsDitropis pteridis11/06/2015
    BugsDrymus sylvaticus11/03/2020
    BugsField Damsel BugNabis ferus11/03/2020
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina18/07/2018
    BugsPeritrechus nubilus11/03/2020
    BugsGorse ShieldbugPiezodorus lituratus26/08/2014
    BugsPlagiognathus arbustorum18/07/2018
    BugsPlatycranus bicolor23/07/2018
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io18/07/2018
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines21/05/2012
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus18/07/2018
    ButterfliesSmall HeathCoenonympha pamphilus20/05/2020
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni25/08/2017
    ButterfliesWallLasiommata megera25/08/2017
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas21/05/2012
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria12/09/2019
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album29/09/2012
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus03/08/2015
    ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris18/07/2018
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta29/09/2012
    Centipedes & MillipedesBanded CentipedeLithobius variegatus26/02/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesSt Mark's FlyBibio marci01/05/2020
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesJaapiella veronicae30/10/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula confusa29/09/2012
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula vernalis01/05/2020
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea07/09/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsMale-fernDryopteris filix-mas29/09/2012
    Ferns & HorsetailsBrackenPteridium aquilinum31/12/2015
    FliesHolly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis agg.16/02/2017
    FliesYellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria11/06/2015
    FungiFly AgaricAmanita muscaria09/11/2019
    FungiPurple JellydiscAscocoryne sarcoides28/11/2013
    FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae09/11/2019
    FungiSmall StagshornCalocera cornea08/11/2017
    FungiShaggy ParasolChlorophyllum rhacodes09/11/2019
    FungiMeadow CoralClavulinopsis corniculata08/11/2017
    FungiGolden SpindlesClavulinopsis fusiformis09/11/2019
    FungiYellow ClubClavulinopsis helvola29/09/2012
    FungiApricot ClubClavulinopsis luteoalba08/11/2017
    FungiFragrant FunnelClitocybe fragrans08/11/2017
    FungiClitocybe metachroa09/11/2019
    FungiClouded FunnelClitocybe nebularis08/11/2017
    FungiAniseed ToadstoolClitocybe odora09/11/2019
    FungiWet RotConiophora puteana09/11/2019
    FungiVariable OysterlingCrepidotus variabilis09/11/2019
    FungiEarthy PowdercapCystoderma amianthinum08/11/2017
    FungiStar PinkgillEntoloma conferendum08/11/2017
    FungiBlack Witches ButterExidia glandulosa14/02/2017
    FungiVelvet ShankFlammulina velutipes16/02/2017
    FungiDwarf BellGalerina pumila09/11/2019
    FungiMosaic PuffballHandkea utriformis28/11/2013
    FungiButter WaxcapHygrocybe ceracea09/11/2019
    FungiGolden WaxcapHygrocybe chlorophana09/11/2019
    FungiSlimy WaxcapHygrocybe irrigata08/11/2017
    FungiMeadow WaxcapHygrocybe pratensis09/11/2019
    FungiSplendid WaxcapHygrocybe splendidissima09/11/2019
    FungiSulphur TuftHypholoma fasciculare08/11/2017
    FungiBolete MouldHypomyces chrysospermus09/11/2019
    FungiThe DeceiverLaccaria laccata29/09/2012
    FungiTawny MilkcapLactarius fulvissimus09/11/2019
    FungiWood BlewitLepista nuda09/11/2019
    FungiPestle PuffballLycoperdon excipuliforme09/11/2019
    FungiDusky PuffballLycoperdon nigrescens09/11/2019
    FungiParasol MushroomMacrolepiota procera08/11/2017
    FungiMarchandiomyces corallinus22/02/2017
    FungiClustered BonnetMycena inclinata09/11/2019
    FungiDewdrop MottlegillPanaeolus acuminatus08/11/2017
    FungiEgghead MottlegillPanaeolus semiovatus28/11/2013
    FungiBrown RollrimPaxillus involutus09/11/2019
    FungiWrinkled CrustPhlebia radiata31/12/2015
    FungiRose RustPhragmidium mucronatum01/05/2020
    FungiViolet Bramble RustPhragmidium violaceum01/01/2018
    FungiBirch PolyporePiptoporus betulinus25/08/2017
    FungiOyster MushroomPleurotus ostreatus28/11/2013
    FungiButter CapRhodocollybia butyracea28/11/2013
    FungiBracken MapRhopographus filicinus01/01/2018
    FungiOrange MosscapRickenella fibula09/11/2019
    FungiOchre BrittlegillRussula ochroleuca25/08/2017
    FungiScarlet BrittlegillRussula pseudointegra25/08/2017
    FungiCommon EarthballScleroderma citrinum09/11/2019
    FungiBleeding Oak CrustStereum gausapatum09/11/2019
    FungiHairy Curtain CrustStereum hirsutum31/12/2015
    FungiDung RoundheadStropharia semiglobata08/11/2017
    FungiTurkeytailTrametes versicolor08/11/2017
    FungiHolly SpeckleTrochila ilicina16/02/2017
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon09/11/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon BentAgrostis capillaris27/07/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesEarly Hair-grassAira praecox01/05/2020
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesWavy Hair-grassAvenella flexuosa11/06/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesOval SedgeCarex leporina27/07/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata11/06/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus29/09/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesToad RushJuncus bufonius27/07/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSoft-rushJuncus effusus11/06/2015
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Green GrasshopperOmocestus viridulus18/07/2018
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus18/07/2018
    HoverfliesThe FootballerHelophilus pendulus29/09/2012
    LichensCandelariella coralliza31/12/2015
    LichensCladonia portentosa16/02/2017
    LichensOakmossEvernia prunastri28/11/2013
    LichensLepraria incana agg.14/02/2017
    LichensMelanelixia fuliginosa subsp. fuliginosa16/02/2017
    LichensParmelia saxatilis31/12/2015
    LichensHammered Shield LichenParmelia sulcata28/11/2013
    LichensRhizocarpon geographicum29/09/2012
    LichensXanthoria parietina14/02/2017
    MammalsHedgehogErinaceus europaeus22/03/2018
    MammalsRabbitOryctolagus cuniculus31/12/2015
    MammalsMoleTalpa europaea12/09/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsCapillary Thread-mossBryum capillare14/02/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsDwarf Swan-neck MossCampylopus pyriformis16/02/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsBroom Fork-mossDicranum scoparium28/11/2013
    Mosses & LiverwortsCylindric Beard-mossDidymodon insulanus16/02/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsDilated ScalewortFrullania dilatata16/02/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsCypress-leaved Plait-mossHypnum cupressiforme16/02/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsHeath Plait-mossHypnum jutlandicum16/02/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsCommon Feather-mossKindbergia praelonga16/02/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsForked VeilwortMetzgeria furcata27/07/2012
    Mosses & LiverwortsWood Bristle-mossOrthotrichum affine14/02/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsJuniper HaircapPolytrichum juniperinum16/02/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsBristly HaircapPolytrichum piliferum16/02/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsNeat Feather-mossPseudoscleropodium purum28/11/2013
    Mosses & LiverwortsCiliated FringewortPtilidium ciliare28/11/2013
    Mosses & LiverwortsEven ScalewortRadula complanata14/02/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsSpringy Turf-mossRhytidiadelphus squarrosus01/01/2018
    Mosses & LiverwortsBruch's PincushionUlota bruchii28/11/2013
    MothsGreen Long-hornAdela reaumurella01/05/2020
    MothsGreen CarpetColostygia pectinataria11/03/2020
    MothsGrey Gorse PiercerCydia ulicetana11/06/2015
    MothsCommon CarpetEpirrhoe alternata11/06/2015
    MothsCocksfoot MothGlyphipterix simpliciella03/06/2015
    MothsWhite-speckled SmokeNarycia duplicella26/02/2019
    MothsBrown Silver-linePetrophora chlorosata23/05/2016
    MothsWinter GroundlingScrobipalpa costella19/08/2019
    SawfliesStrongylogaster multifasciata11/06/2015
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus28/11/2013
    Slugs & SnailsTree SlugLehmannia marginata28/11/2013
    SpidersGarden SpiderAraneus diadematus07/09/2016
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis18/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre18/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula27/07/2012
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium16/02/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHoneysuckleLonicera periclymenum18/07/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersCrab AppleMalus sylvestris14/02/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSessile OakQuercus petraea27/07/2012
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.16/02/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra16/02/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus11/06/2015
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium29/09/2012
    WildflowersHarebellCampanula rotundifolia25/08/2017
    WildflowersRosebay WillowherbChamerion angustifolium29/09/2012
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense27/07/2012
    WildflowersMarsh ThistleCirsium palustre27/07/2012
    WildflowersPignutConopodium majus01/05/2020
    WildflowersFoxgloveDigitalis purpurea11/06/2015
    WildflowersGreat WillowherbEpilobium hirsutum29/09/2012
    WildflowersHeath BedstrawGalium saxatile14/02/2017
    WildflowersBluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta17/05/2020
    WildflowersYellow IrisIris pseudacorus11/06/2015
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris29/09/2012
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album31/12/2015
    WildflowersCommon DuckweedLemna minor01/01/2018
    WildflowersMouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum01/05/2020
    WildflowersTormentilPotentilla erecta29/09/2012
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa11/06/2015
    WildflowersSheep's SorrelRumex acetosella29/09/2012
    WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica11/06/2015
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara11/06/2015
    WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper27/07/2012
    WildflowersWood SageTeucrium scorodonia14/02/2017
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica11/06/2015
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa01/05/2020