Broughton Astley Church

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

    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: 83

    Description

    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
    Taxomyia taxi14/02/2020Graham Calow
    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

    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 platyrhynchos20/05/2013
    BirdsSwiftApus apus07/05/2014
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula01/03/2013
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major11/02/2013
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula15/02/2013
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus31/01/2015
    BirdsPied WagtailMotacilla alba21/04/2013
    BirdsGrey WagtailMotacilla cinerea20/05/2013
    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 marginatus21/09/2014
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae04/07/2013
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas09/10/2016
    CaddisfliesRhyacophila dorsalis04/07/2013
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura ulmaria23/09/2014
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTaxomyia taxi14/02/2020
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula oleracea28/09/2014
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium28/05/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsMaidenhair SpleenwortAsplenium trichomanes04/07/2013
    FishStone LoachBarbatula barbatula04/07/2013
    FishBullheadCottus gobio04/07/2013
    FishThree-spined SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus04/07/2013
    FungiTurkeytailTrametes versicolor18/02/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius04/07/2013
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Fox-sedgeCarex otrubae04/07/2013
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPendulous SedgeCarex pendula04/07/2013
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesGreater Pond-sedgeCarex riparia04/07/2013
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata04/07/2013
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus04/07/2013
    LichensCaloplaca flavescens22/02/2013
    MammalsWater VoleArvicola amphibius18/04/2013
    MammalsOtterLutra lutra21/09/2014
    MayfliesBlue-winged OliveSerratella ignita04/07/2013
    Mosses & LiverwortsWall Screw-mossTortula muralis14/03/2015
    MothsGolden PigmyStigmella aurella23/09/2014
    Slugs & SnailsKentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana04/07/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula25/02/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBroad-leaved CockspurthornCrataegus persimilis03/10/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra22/02/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSnowberrySymphoricarpos albus21/09/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersYewTaxus baccata03/10/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus09/03/2018
    WildflowersGround-elderAegopodium podagraria04/07/2013
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata04/07/2013
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris04/07/2013
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis04/07/2013
    WildflowersLarge BindweedCalystegia silvatica04/07/2013
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna26/04/2013
    WildflowersMeadowsweetFilipendula ulmaria13/07/2014
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine04/07/2013
    WildflowersHedgerow Crane's-billGeranium pyrenaicum04/07/2013
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum04/07/2013
    WildflowersYellow IrisIris pseudacorus04/07/2013
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris04/07/2013
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album21/09/2014
    WildflowersPurple-loosestrifeLythrum salicaria04/07/2013
    WildflowersPellitory-of-the-WallParietaria judaica03/10/2014
    WildflowersRedshankPersicaria maculosa07/09/2014
    WildflowersCowslipPrimula veris04/04/2013
    WildflowersPrimrosePrimula vulgaris21/04/2013
    WildflowersCelery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus04/07/2013
    WildflowersAutumn HawkbitScorzoneroides autumnalis04/07/2013
    WildflowersWater FigwortScrophularia auriculata04/07/2013
    WildflowersCommon GroundselSenecio vulgaris04/07/2013
    WildflowersHedge MustardSisymbrium officinale04/07/2013
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara15/06/2014
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica04/07/2013
    WildflowersWater ChickweedStellaria aquatica04/07/2013
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica13/07/2014
    WildflowersBrooklimeVeronica beccabunga04/07/2013
    WildflowersPink Water-SpeedwellVeronica catenata04/07/2013
    Woodlice, CrustaceansFreshwater ShrimpGammarus pulex/fossorum agg.04/07/2013
    Woodlice, CrustaceansSignal CrayfishPacifastacus leniusculus04/07/2013
    WormsEiseniella tetraedra04/07/2013