Broughton Astley Church

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
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    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: 82


    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
    WildflowersAutumn HawkbitScorzoneroides autumnalis04/07/2013
    WildflowersBittersweetSolanum dulcamara15/06/2014
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula01/03/2013
    MayfliesBlue-winged OliveSerratella ignita04/07/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBroad-leaved CockspurthornCrataegus persimilis03/10/2014
    WildflowersBrooklimeVeronica beccabunga04/07/2013
    FishBullheadCottus gobio04/07/2013
    WildflowersCelery-leaved ButtercupRanunculus sceleratus04/07/2013
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine04/07/2013
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata04/07/2013
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria15/02/2013
    WildflowersCommon GroundselSenecio vulgaris04/07/2013
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica13/07/2014
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris04/07/2013
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris04/07/2013
    WildflowersCowslipPrimula veris04/04/2013
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis04/07/2013
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus21/09/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra22/02/2013
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Fox-sedgeCarex otrubae04/07/2013
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius04/07/2013
    Woodlice, CrustaceansFreshwater ShrimpGammarus pulex/fossorum agg.04/07/2013
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata04/07/2013
    MothsGolden PigmyStigmella aurella23/09/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus09/03/2018
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major11/02/2013
    BirdsGreat TitParus major04/04/2013
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesGreater Pond-sedgeCarex riparia04/07/2013
    BirdsGrey WagtailMotacilla cinerea21/02/2015
    WildflowersGround-elderAegopodium podagraria04/07/2013