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: 147

    Description

    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
    HedgehogErinaceus europaeus22/03/2018Orientalis
    Silver BirchBetula pendula01/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Common DuckweedLemna minor01/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Bracken MapRhopographus filicinus01/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Violet Bramble RustPhragmidium violaceum01/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Hairy Curtain CrustStereum hirsutum01/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
    Springy Turf-mossRhytidiadelphus squarrosus01/01/2018Saharima Roenisch
    HollyIlex aquifolium01/01/2018Rowan Roenisch
    SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus08/11/2017Steve Mathers
    Parasol MushroomMacrolepiota procera08/11/2017Steve Mathers
    Jelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae08/11/2017Steve Mathers
    TurkeytailTrametes versicolor08/11/2017Steve Mathers
    Sulphur TuftHypholoma fasciculare08/11/2017Steve Mathers
    Meadow CoralClavulinopsis corniculata08/11/2017Steve Mathers
    Bleeding Oak CrustStereum gausapatum08/11/2017Steve Mathers
    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