St. Peters Churchyard

    Wildlife Highlights

    The churchyard to the south of the Church makes a positive contribution to the setting of the church with some parts never having been built on.  It contains a number of large, mature Horse Chestnut, Lime, Turkey Oak and Sycamore trees. Yew trees, typical of many churchyards are also present as well as an extensive carpet of ground flora, particularly in the spring when an impressive display of primroses comes into flower.

    Pellitory of the Wall, Wood Sedge and Deadly Nightshade have all been recorded previously - indicators of the churchyard's past and its long-established vegetation.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 15

    Latest News
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    The Leicester BioBlitz is happening for the 9th consecutive year on 17th and 18th May at Belgrave Hall Gardens and St Peters Churchyard. This event challenges Leicester to identify as many plants and animals as possible on these sites in just 24-hours. Helped by experts and naturalists you will be invited to take part and learn about the wildlife that live here and where to find them during that time. An ambitious target of 500 species has been set to find wildlife ranging from bats to butterflies, frogs to flowers and many other bugs and insects. This year Belgrave Hall Gardens and St Peters Churchyard have been chosen and it promises to be a wonderful place to visit and explore with their great mix of habitats from woodland, formal gardens, glass houses and churchyard. A range of guided walks covering bats, birds, bugs and plants has been organized, along with setting up cameras and traps to see the different mammals that share these special places with us. Tickets are free, but spaces are limited so please register to book a ticket and secure your place on one of the organised walks or talks:


    The oldest building in the suburb of Belgrave, Leicester is St Peter’s church of which parts date back to the 12th century when the church was much smaller than the present building.

    The church has been closed for approximately five years, but the churchyard is open to members of the public and to enable access to the Garden of Remembrance created for the internment of ashes of local families who have a general connection with the parish of St Peters.

    Access is available at all reasonable times.

    Latest records

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea24/03/2015
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesContarinia tiliarum24/06/2015
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesPhytomyza ranunculi02/05/2018
    FungiBitter Chocolate RustUromyces ficariae02/05/2018
    MammalsGrey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis18/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsGreenhouse SlugAmbigolimax valentianus02/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis02/05/2018
    Unknown+ new species18/05/2018
    WildflowersFool's ParsleyAethusa cynapium16/09/2015
    WildflowersLesser CelandineFicaria verna02/05/2018
    WildflowersPineappleweedMatricaria discoidea17/06/2015
    WildflowersWall LettuceMycelis muralis17/06/2015
    WildflowersYellow CorydalisPseudofumaria lutea17/06/2015
    WildflowersBlack NightshadeSolanum nigrum29/07/2015
    WildflowersIvy-leaved SpeedwellVeronica hederifolia24/03/2015
    WildflowersSweet VioletViola odorata24/03/2015