Gilroes Cemetery

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Managed By
    Leicester City Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 128

    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.

    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    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