Amongst the heath grassland there is Tormentil, Bilberry and Heath Bedstraw. There are several small ponds and small hollows that are dominated by Soft Rush and Wavy Hair Grass.
Total species seen at this site: 128
The site is a rocky hill with rough heath grassland, stone walls and rocky outcrops. It combines the former Altar Stones Country Park with the adjacent Blacksmith's Field (named after the blacksmith's shop that was located on the corner of the site.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Speckled Wood||Pararge aegeria||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|Wren||Troglodytes troglodytes||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|House Martin||Delichon urbicum||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|Swallow||Hirundo rustica||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|Harebell||Campanula rotundifolia||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|Brimstone||Gonepteryx rhamni||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|Small Heath||Coenonympha pamphilus||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|Gatekeeper||Pyronia tithonus||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|Birch Polypore||Piptoporus betulinus||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|Common Field Grasshopper||Chorthippus brunneus||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|Ochre Brittlegill||Russula ochroleuca||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|Scarlet Brittlegill||Russula pseudointegra||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|Shaggy Parasol||Chlorophyllum rhacodes||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|Wall||Lasiommata megera||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
The site is located on the outskirts of Markfield, about 13km to the north of Leicester, very near to junction 22 on the M1. Heading towards the M1 on the A50, turn off at the Field Head roundabout and take the second left towards Markfield. Past the village the road turns a sharp left, go straight across onto Altar Stones Lane and the site is on your right.