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: 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.

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Speckled WoodPararge aegeria25/08/2017Steve Mathers
WrenTroglodytes troglodytes25/08/2017Steve Mathers
House MartinDelichon urbicum25/08/2017Steve Mathers
SwallowHirundo rustica25/08/2017Steve Mathers
HarebellCampanula rotundifolia25/08/2017Steve Mathers
BrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni25/08/2017Steve Mathers
Small HeathCoenonympha pamphilus25/08/2017Steve Mathers
GatekeeperPyronia tithonus25/08/2017Steve Mathers
Birch PolyporePiptoporus betulinus25/08/2017Steve Mathers
Common Field GrasshopperChorthippus brunneus25/08/2017Steve Mathers
Ochre BrittlegillRussula ochroleuca25/08/2017Steve Mathers
Scarlet BrittlegillRussula pseudointegra25/08/2017Steve Mathers
Shaggy ParasolChlorophyllum rhacodes25/08/2017Steve Mathers
WallLasiommata megera25/08/2017Steve Mathers
HawfinchCoccothraustes coccothraustes07/04/2017Sparkyweasel
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