Gilroes Cemetery

    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.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 90


    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. 

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Athelia arachnoidea29/04/2019Ivan 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
    Chlorophyllum brunneum10/10/2012David Nicholls
    Clustered BrittlestemPsathyrella multipedata10/10/2012David Nicholls
    Common CavalierMelanoleuca polioleuca10/10/2012David Nicholls
    Dead Man's FingersXylaria polymorpha10/10/2012David Nicholls
    Glistening InkcapCoprinellus micaceus10/10/2012David Nicholls
    Snapping BonnetMycena vitilis10/10/2012David Nicholls

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata24/04/2012
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata24/04/2012
    FungiBeech WoodwartHypoxylon fragiforme10/10/2012
    BugsBirch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus06/05/2012
    FungiBlue RoundheadStropharia caerulea10/10/2012
    FungiBlushing Wood MushroomAgaricus silvaticus10/10/2012
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius06/05/2012
    FungiBrown EarOtidea cochleata10/10/2012
    Slugs & SnailsBudapest SlugTandonia budapestensis25/09/1989
    HoverfliesChequered HoverflyMelanostoma scalare06/05/2012
    FungiClustered BrittlestemPsathyrella multipedata10/10/2012
    FungiClustered DomecapLyophyllum decastes10/10/2012
    FungiCommon CavalierMelanoleuca polioleuca10/10/2012
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media24/04/2012
    Slugs & SnailsCommon Chrysalis SnailLauria cylindracea25/09/1989
    WildflowersCommon CornsaladValerianella locusta06/05/2012
    WildflowersCommon Dog-violetViola riviniana24/04/2012
    WildflowersCommon Field-speedwellVeronica persica24/04/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris06/05/2012
    BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata06/05/2012
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesCucumber Green Orb SpiderAraniella cucurbitina sensu lato06/05/2012
    WildflowersCurled DockRumex crispus06/05/2012
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis24/04/2012
    FungiDead Man's FingersXylaria polymorpha10/10/2012
    Slugs & SnailsDiscus SnailDiscus rotundatus25/09/1989
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus13/05/2012
    WildflowersDog's MercuryMercurialis perennis30/03/2012
    Slugs & SnailsDraparnaud's Glass SnailOxychilus draparnaudi25/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus25/09/1989
    FungiDwarf BellGalerina pumila10/10/2012