Broughton Astley Church

    Getting There

    St Marys Church, Station Road. Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, LE9 6XS

    Managed By
    St Mary's Churchyard Broughton Astley Wildlife Group
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 81


    The church of St Mary’s probably dates from 1220 although there is some evidence that there are remains from an earlier building circa 1100 incorporated into the nave walls. A Thomas de Astley or Eastley was lord of the manor and patron of the church, and gives Broughton the ‘Astley’ name. The majority of the church grounds are grassed and subject to mowing but an area at the back of the church supports a number of mature trees with a small patch of open ground in the centre. This area is being nurtured to become a wildlife area and work is ongoing to enhance the existing planting and making wildlife features to encourage wildlife onto the site. There is also a brook that runs adjacent to the site which should increase the sites excellent potential.

    Latest News

    The wildlife group are busy improving the area and planning to plant trees and flowers to attract an increasing number of species.

    Further Information

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    PrimrosePrimula vulgaris09/03/2018Graham Calow
    GorseUlex europaeus09/03/2018Graham Calow
    YewTaxus baccata09/03/2018Graham Calow
    Altica lythri15/04/2017Craig Mabbett
    KingfisherAlcedo atthis21/01/2017Haytor
    Small CopperLycaena phlaeas09/10/2016Ron.stevens
    Hart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium28/05/2016Graham Calow
    TurkeytailTrametes versicolor18/02/2016Divorced2
    Water FigwortScrophularia auriculata06/08/2015Craig Mabbett
    Wall Screw-mossTortula muralis14/03/2015Craig Mabbett
    Grey WagtailMotacilla cinerea21/02/2015Craig Mabbett
    MoorhenGallinula chloropus31/01/2015Craig Mabbett
    Pellitory-of-the-WallParietaria judaica03/10/2014Graham Calow
    YewTaxus baccata03/10/2014Graham Calow
    Broad-leaved CockspurthornCrataegus persimilis03/10/2014Graham Calow

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria15/02/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera26/04/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis28/09/2014
    BeetlesAltica lythri15/04/2017
    BirdsKingfisherAlcedo atthis21/01/2017
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos04/07/2013
    BirdsSwiftApus apus07/05/2014
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula01/03/2013
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major11/02/2013
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula15/02/2013
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus31/01/2015
    BirdsGrey WagtailMotacilla cinerea21/09/2014
    BirdsGreat TitParus major04/04/2013
    BirdsPheasantPhasianus colchicus01/03/2013
    BirdsMagpiePica pica02/03/2013
    BirdsStarlingSturnus vulgaris21/09/2014
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula01/03/2013
    BirdsMistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus02/03/2013
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus13/07/2014
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae04/07/2013
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas09/10/2016
    CaddisfliesRhyacophila dorsalis04/07/2013
    CranefliesTipula oleracea28/09/2014
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium28/05/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsMaidenhair SpleenwortAsplenium trichomanes21/09/2014
    FishStone LoachBarbatula barbatula04/07/2013
    FishBullheadCottus gobio04/07/2013
    FishThree-spined SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus04/07/2013
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesDasineura ulmaria23/09/2014
    FungiTurkeytailTrametes versicolor18/02/2016