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: 218

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.

 

The records and images below may include those from adjacent sites if the grid reference submitted with these records overlaps the boundary of this Wild Place.

Latest records
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Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Snowy InkcapCoprinopsis nivea15/11/2021davidwright
Parasol MushroomMacrolepiota procera25/10/2021davidwright
Egghead MottlegillPanaeolus semiovatus25/10/2021davidwright
Four-spotted Orb WeaverAraneus quadratus09/08/2021Hazel Graves
Jaapiella veronicae09/08/2021Hazel Graves
Dasineura urticae09/08/2021Hazel Graves
BrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni17/04/2021John Hague
Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines17/04/2021John Hague
Green-veined WhitePieris napi17/04/2021John Hague
Small TortoiseshellAglais urticae17/04/2021John Hague
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
WhitethroatCorruca 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
Gorse WeevilExapion ulicis01/05/2020David Nicholls
Green ShieldbugPalomena prasina01/05/2020David Nicholls
Heath BedstrawGalium saxatile01/05/2020David Nicholls
Mouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum01/05/2020David Nicholls
PignutConopodium majus01/05/2020David Nicholls
Rose RustPhragmidium mucronatum01/05/2020David Nicholls
St Mark's FlyBibio marci01/05/2020David Nicholls
Early Hair-grassAira praecox01/05/2020David Nicholls
Tipula vernalis01/05/2020David Nicholls
Common Leaf WeevilPhyllobius pyri01/05/2020David Nicholls
Neliocarus nebulosus11/03/2020Mark Skevington
Anthobium unicolor11/03/2020Mark Skevington
Drymus sylvaticus11/03/2020Mark Skevington
Peritrechus nubilus11/03/2020Mark Skevington
Field Damsel BugNabis ferus11/03/2020Mark Skevington
Green CarpetColostygia pectinataria11/03/2020Mark Skevington
Rhyzobius litura11/03/2020Mark Skevington
Butter CapRhodocollybia butyracea09/11/2019David Nicholls
Pestle PuffballLycoperdon excipuliforme09/11/2019David Nicholls
Wood BlewitLepista nuda09/11/2019David Nicholls
Candlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon09/11/2019David Nicholls
Common EarthballScleroderma citrinum09/11/2019David Nicholls
Clouded FunnelClitocybe nebularis09/11/2019David Nicholls
Bleeding Oak CrustStereum gausapatum09/11/2019David Nicholls
Bolete MouldHypomyces chrysospermus09/11/2019David Nicholls

Group Common name Latin name Last seen
Algae, Bacteria, VirusNostoc commune31/12/2015
Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia14/02/2017
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
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
BirdsWhitethroatCorruca communis17/05/2020
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
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
ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae17/04/2021
ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines21/05/2012
ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus18/07/2018
ButterfliesSmall HeathCoenonympha pamphilus20/05/2020
ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni17/04/2021
ButterfliesWallLasiommata megera25/08/2015
ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas21/05/2012
ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria12/09/2019
ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi17/04/2021
ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album29/09/2012
ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus03/08/2015
ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris18/07/2018
ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta12/09/2019
Centipedes & MillipedesBanded CentipedeLithobius variegatus26/02/2019
Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesSt Mark's FlyBibio marci01/05/2020
Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura urticae09/08/2021
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 aquilinum16/02/2017
FliesHolly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis16/02/2017
FliesYellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria11/06/2015
FungiFly AgaricAmanita muscaria09/11/2019
FungiPurple JellydiscAscocoryne sarcoides09/11/2019
FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae08/11/2017
FungiSmall StagshornCalocera cornea08/11/2017
FungiShaggy ParasolChlorophyllum rhacodes25/08/2017
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 nebularis09/11/2019
FungiAniseed ToadstoolClitocybe odora09/11/2019
FungiWet RotConiophora puteana09/11/2019
FungiSnowy InkcapCoprinopsis nivea15/11/2021
FungiVariable OysterlingCrepidotus variabilis09/11/2019
FungiEarthy PowdercapCystoderma amianthinum08/11/2017
FungiStar PinkgillEntoloma conferendum08/11/2017
FungiBlack Witches ButterExidia glandulosa14/02/2017
FungiVelvet ShankFlammulina velutipes28/11/2013
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 semiovatus25/10/2021
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 fibula28/11/2013
FungiOchre BrittlegillRussula ochroleuca25/08/2017
FungiScarlet BrittlegillRussula pseudointegra25/08/2017
FungiCommon EarthballScleroderma citrinum09/11/2019
FungiBleeding Oak CrustStereum gausapatum09/11/2019
FungiHairy Curtain CrustStereum hirsutum01/01/2018
FungiDung RoundheadStropharia semiglobata08/11/2017
FungiTurkeytailTrametes versicolor08/11/2017
FungiHolly SpeckleTrochila ilicina28/11/2013
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 effusus29/09/2012
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 fuliginosa29/09/2012
LichensParmelia saxatilis31/12/2015
LichensHammered Shield LichenParmelia sulcata28/11/2013
LichensRhizocarpon geographicum31/12/2015
LichensXanthoria parietina14/02/2017
MammalsHedgehogErinaceus europaeus22/03/2018
MammalsRabbitOryctolagus cuniculus21/05/2012
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 piliferum31/12/2015
Mosses & LiverwortsNeat Feather-mossPseudoscleropodium purum16/02/2017
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 ulicetana01/05/2020
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
SpidersFour-spotted Orb WeaverAraneus quadratus09/08/2021
SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis18/07/2018
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre18/07/2018
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula27/07/2012
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium01/01/2018
Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHoneysuckleLonicera periclymenum29/09/2012
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 rotundifolia12/09/2019
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 saxatile29/09/2012
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 officinarum29/09/2012
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 scorodonia07/09/2016
WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica11/06/2015
WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa01/05/2020