Gilroes Cemetery

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

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 129

    Description

    Gilroes Cemetery is Leicester's largest municipal cemetery. Opened in 1902, it contains Leicester's main crematorium. The site contains many mature trees, shrubs and wide pathways.  It forms part of Leicester’s green wedge and is well connected to surrounding Local Nature Reserves and Local Wildlife Sites.
    The site has recently been extended to the north-east which provides an open expanse of grassland which has been seeded with native neutral meadow wildflowers and which is separated by mature hedgerows and field ponds. 

    Wildlife Highlights

    The main body of the cemetery contains the oldest gravestones which support a good range of lichens and mosses.  The oldest sections of the site are managed sympathetically to achieve a balance required and support anthills which in turn attract Song thrush and Green woodpeckers.


    The west section adjacent to Glenfrith Way is separated from the main cemetery by large conifers and native trees.  The Groby Brook, a small water course contained in a steep-sided ditch flows south-wards and the grassy banks support primroses and Snakeshead fritillary in the spring.


    The new extension provides a fine display of wildflowers and colour during the summer and is sheltered by the mature hedgerows. This is a popular area for foraging birds.
    The small woodland areas to the west and east of the crematorium support a range of fungi.

     

    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.

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    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Small Birch PigmyStigmella sakhalinella08/11/2019sue
    Amandinea punctata29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Arthonia radiata29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Aspicilia calcarea29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Circinaria contorta29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Athelia arachnoidea29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Buellia aethalea29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Buellia griseovirens29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Caloplaca arcis29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Caloplaca crenulatella29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Caloplaca flavescens29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Caloplaca flavocitrina29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Caloplaca oasis29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Caloplaca teicholyta29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Candelariella reflexa29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Common Greenshield LichenFlavoparmelia caperata29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Lecania cyrtella29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Lecanora albescens29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Lecanora campestris subsp. campestris29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Lecanora chlarotera29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Lecanora dispersa29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Chewing Gum LichenLecanora muralis29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Lecanora polytropa29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Lecanora semipallida29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Lecidella scabra29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Lecidella stigmatea29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Hammered Shield LichenParmelia sulcata29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Phaeophyscia orbicularis29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Physcia adscendens29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Physcia caesia29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Physcia tenella29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Porpidia soredizodes29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Porpidia tuberculosa29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Protoblastenia rupestris29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Psilolechia lucida29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Ramalina fastigiata29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Cartilage LichenRamalina farinacea29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Rhizocarpon reductum29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Scoliciosporum umbrinum29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Trapeliopsis flexuosa29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Verrucaria hochstetteri29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Xanthoria parietina29/04/2019Ivan Pedley
    Polydesmus coriaceus30/10/2016David Nicholls
    Greenhouse SlugAmbigolimax valentianus30/10/2016David Nicholls
    Netted SlugDeroceras reticulatum30/10/2016David Nicholls
    Harlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis28/10/2016Ken Charity
    Harlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis28/10/2016Ken Charity
    Earthy PowdercapCystoderma amianthinum10/10/2012David Nicholls
    Blushing Wood MushroomAgaricus silvaticus10/10/2012David Nicholls
    Blue RoundheadStropharia caerulea10/10/2012David Nicholls

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes06/05/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius30/03/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris06/05/2012
    BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata06/05/2012
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata24/04/2012
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis28/10/2016
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata06/05/2012
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis06/05/2012
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus13/05/2012
    BugsSloe BugDolycoris baccarum06/05/2012
    BugsBirch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus06/05/2012
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines06/05/2012
    Centipedes & MillipedesPolydesmus coriaceus30/10/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium06/05/2012
    FliesPsila fimetaria06/05/2012
    FungiBlushing Wood MushroomAgaricus silvaticus10/10/2012
    FungiYellow StainerAgaricus xanthodermus10/10/2012
    FungiAthelia arachnoidea29/04/2019
    FungiSt George's MushroomCalocybe gambosa06/05/2012
    FungiChlorophyllum brunneum10/10/2012
    FungiWhite SpindlesClavaria fragilis10/10/2012
    FungiThe Miller (Fungus)Clitopilus prunulus10/10/2012
    FungiGlistening InkcapCoprinellus micaceus10/10/2012
    FungiEarthy PowdercapCystoderma amianthinum10/10/2012
    FungiDwarf BellGalerina pumila10/10/2012
    FungiSouthern BracketGanoderma australe10/10/2012
    FungiStriate EarthstarGeastrum striatum10/10/2012
    FungiWhite SaddleHelvella crispa10/10/2012
    FungiHypholoma subericaeum10/10/2012
    FungiBeech WoodwartHypoxylon fragiforme10/10/2012
    FungiPear FibrecapInocybe fraudans10/10/2012
    FungiWeeping WidowLacrymaria lacrymabunda10/10/2012
    FungiWood BlewitLepista nuda10/10/2012
    FungiClustered DomecapLyophyllum decastes10/10/2012
    FungiCommon CavalierMelanoleuca polioleuca10/10/2012
    FungiGiant PolyporeMeripilus giganteus10/10/2012
    FungiSemifree MorelMitrophora semilibera24/04/2012
    FungiSnapping BonnetMycena vitilis10/10/2012
    FungiBrown EarOtidea cochleata10/10/2012
    FungiParasola conopilus10/10/2012
    FungiClustered BrittlestemPsathyrella multipedata10/10/2012
    FungiBlue RoundheadStropharia caerulea10/10/2012
    FungiYellowing KnightTricholoma scalpturatum10/10/2012
    FungiDead Man's FingersXylaria polymorpha10/10/2012
    HoverfliesChequered HoverflyMelanostoma scalare06/05/2012
    HoverfliesRhingia campestris06/05/2012
    LichensAmandinea punctata29/04/2019
    LichensArthonia radiata29/04/2019
    LichensAspicilia calcarea29/04/2019
    LichensBuellia aethalea29/04/2019
    LichensBuellia griseovirens29/04/2019
    LichensCaloplaca arcis29/04/2019
    LichensCaloplaca crenulatella29/04/2019
    LichensCaloplaca flavescens29/04/2019
    LichensCaloplaca flavocitrina29/04/2019
    LichensCaloplaca oasis29/04/2019
    LichensCaloplaca teicholyta29/04/2019
    LichensCandelariella reflexa29/04/2019
    LichensCircinaria contorta29/04/2019
    LichensCommon Greenshield LichenFlavoparmelia caperata29/04/2019
    LichensLecania cyrtella29/04/2019
    LichensLecanora albescens29/04/2019
    LichensLecanora campestris subsp. campestris29/04/2019
    LichensLecanora chlarotera29/04/2019
    LichensLecanora dispersa29/04/2019
    LichensChewing Gum LichenLecanora muralis29/04/2019
    LichensLecanora polytropa29/04/2019
    LichensLecanora semipallida29/04/2019
    LichensLecidella scabra29/04/2019
    LichensLecidella stigmatea29/04/2019
    LichensHammered Shield LichenParmelia sulcata29/04/2019
    LichensPhaeophyscia orbicularis29/04/2019
    LichensPhyscia adscendens29/04/2019
    LichensPhyscia caesia29/04/2019
    LichensPhyscia tenella29/04/2019
    LichensPorpidia soredizodes29/04/2019
    LichensPorpidia tuberculosa29/04/2019
    LichensProtoblastenia rupestris29/04/2019
    LichensPsilolechia lucida29/04/2019
    LichensCartilage LichenRamalina farinacea29/04/2019
    LichensRamalina fastigiata29/04/2019
    LichensRhizocarpon reductum29/04/2019
    LichensScoliciosporum umbrinum29/04/2019
    LichensTrapeliopsis flexuosa29/04/2019
    LichensVerrucaria hochstetteri29/04/2019
    LichensXanthoria parietina30/03/2012
    MothsHorse-chestnut Leaf MinerCameraria ohridella24/04/2012
    MothsFeathered BrightIncurvaria masculella06/05/2012
    MothsSmall Birch PigmyStigmella sakhalinella08/11/2019
    Slugs & SnailsGreenhouse SlugAmbigolimax valentianus30/10/2016
    Slugs & SnailsBrown Soil SlugArion distinctus25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsGarden SlugArion hortensis25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsShort-toothed Herald SnailCarychium minimum25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsStriped SnailCernuella virgata25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsGarden SnailCornu aspersum25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsDiscus SnailDiscus rotundatus25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsCommon Chrysalis SnailLauria cylindracea25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsIrish Yellow SlugLimacus maculatus06/05/2012
    Slugs & SnailsLeopard SlugLimax maximus25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsGarlic SnailOxychilus alliarius25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsDraparnaud's Glass SnailOxychilus draparnaudi25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsJenkins' Spire SnailPotamopyrgus antipodarum25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsBudapest SlugTandonia budapestensis25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsTrochulus sericeus25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsPellucid Glass SnailVitrina pellucida25/09/1989
    SpidersCucumber Green Orb SpiderAraniella cucurbitina sensu lato06/05/2012
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis06/05/2012
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus06/05/2012
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersEuropean LarchLarix decidua06/05/2012
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersLondon PlanePlatanus x hispanica06/05/2012
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata24/04/2012
    WildflowersLords-and-LadiesArum maculatum06/05/2012
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis24/04/2012
    WildflowersHairy Bitter-cressCardamine hirsuta24/04/2012
    WildflowersHemlockConium maculatum06/05/2012
    WildflowersGround-ivyGlechoma hederacea24/04/2012
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album24/04/2012
    WildflowersRed Dead-nettleLamium purpureum24/04/2012
    WildflowersDog's MercuryMercurialis perennis30/03/2012
    WildflowersCurled DockRumex crispus06/05/2012
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius06/05/2012
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media24/04/2012
    WildflowersCommon CornsaladValerianella locusta06/05/2012
    WildflowersIvy-leaved SpeedwellVeronica hederifolia06/05/2012
    WildflowersCommon Field-speedwellVeronica persica30/03/2012
    WildflowersCommon Dog-violetViola riviniana24/04/2012