Altar Stones

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    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: 188


    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.

    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, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana11/06/2015
    BeetlesCantharis nigricans11/06/2015
    BeetlesCommon Malachite BeetleMalachius bipustulatus11/06/2015
    BeetlesOrchesia undulata08/10/2013
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva18/07/2018
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus08/11/2017
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis07/04/2017
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus07/04/2017
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone11/06/2015
    BirdsHouse MartinDelichon urbicum25/08/2017
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs07/04/2017
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius23/05/2016
    BirdsSwallowHirundo rustica25/08/2017
    BirdsGreat TitParus major07/04/2017
    BirdsMagpiePica pica07/04/2017
    BirdsGoldcrestRegulus regulus14/02/2017
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes25/08/2017
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula07/04/2017
    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
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina18/07/2018