Altar Stones

Wildlife Highlights

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.

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 119


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.

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Hummingbird Hawk-mothMacroglossum stellatarum30/06/2017MFBraker
HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustes07/04/2017Sparkyweasel
GoldfinchCarduelis carduelis07/04/2017Sparkyweasel
ChaffinchFringilla coelebs07/04/2017Sparkyweasel
Wood PigeonColumba palumbus07/04/2017Sparkyweasel
Carrion CrowCorvus corone07/04/2017Sparkyweasel
Great TitParus major07/04/2017Sparkyweasel
MagpiePica pica07/04/2017Sparkyweasel
BlackbirdTurdus merula07/04/2017Sparkyweasel
Marchandiomyces corallinus22/02/2017David Nicholls
Marchandiomyces corallinus22/02/2017David Nicholls
GorseUlex europaeus16/02/2017David Nicholls
Bramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.16/02/2017David Nicholls
ElderSambucus nigra16/02/2017David Nicholls
Wood SageTeucrium scorodonia16/02/2017David Nicholls
Getting There

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.

Managed By
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

Group Common Name Latin Name Last Seen
Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.14/02/2017
Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca11/06/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana11/06/2015
BeetlesCantharis nigricans11/06/2015
BeetlesCommon Malachite BeetleMalachius bipustulatus11/06/2015
BeetlesOrchesia undulata08/10/2013
BeetlesRhyzobius litura07/09/2016
BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis07/04/2017
BirdsHawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustes07/04/2017
BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus07/04/2017
BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone11/06/2015
BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs07/04/2017
BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius23/05/2016
BirdsGreat TitParus major07/04/2017
BirdsMagpiePica pica07/04/2017
BirdsGoldcrestRegulus regulus14/02/2017
BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula07/04/2017
BugsAdarrus ocellaris29/09/2012
BugsGreen Leaf-hopperCicadella viridis29/09/2012
BugsDitropis pteridis11/06/2015
BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina29/09/2012
BugsGorse ShieldbugPiezodorus lituratus26/08/2014
ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines21/05/2012
ButterfliesWallLasiommata megera25/08/2015
ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas21/05/2012
ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria07/09/2016
ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album29/09/2012
ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus03/08/2015
ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta29/09/2012
CranefliesTipula confusa29/09/2012