Broughton Astley Church

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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: 81

    Latest News

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


    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 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
    WildflowersGround-elderAegopodium podagraria04/07/2013
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae04/07/2013
    BirdsKingfisherAlcedo atthis21/01/2017
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata04/07/2013
    BeetlesAltica lythri15/04/2017
    BirdsMallardAnas platyrhynchos04/07/2013
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris04/07/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera26/04/2013
    BirdsSwiftApus apus07/05/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Oat-grassArrhenatherum elatius04/07/2013
    MammalsWater VoleArvicola amphibius28/03/2014
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium28/05/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsMaidenhair SpleenwortAsplenium trichomanes04/07/2013
    FishStone LoachBarbatula barbatula04/07/2013
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis04/07/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula25/02/2013
    LichensCaloplaca flavescens22/02/2013
    WildflowersLarge BindweedCalystegia silvatica04/07/2013
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesFalse Fox-sedgeCarex otrubae04/07/2013
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesPendulous SedgeCarex pendula04/07/2013
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesGreater Pond-sedgeCarex riparia04/07/2013
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus21/09/2014
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula01/03/2013
    FishBullheadCottus gobio04/07/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBroad-leaved CockspurthornCrataegus persimilis03/10/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata04/07/2013
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesDasineura ulmaria23/09/2014
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major11/02/2013
    WormsEiseniella tetraedra04/07/2013
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula15/02/2013