20 Acre Piece NR

Wildlife Highlights

It is a good site for insects and also supports an interesting flora, with Purple Moor-grass, Heath Spotted-orchid and Narrow Buckler Fern all present. Warblers breed in the scrubby woodland, including Whitethroat and Blackcap.

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 104


This 8 acre site at Six Hills is owned by the Duke of Somerset and is part of a large area of common land known as Burton Common. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and was, until 2010, managed as a reserve by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. A public footpath runs through the middle of the site. It has a mosaic of grassland, scrub and woodland - standing on poorly drained acid soil.

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Small HeathCoenonympha pamphilus23/05/2014David Nicholls
Cock's-footDactylis glomerata23/05/2014David Nicholls
GorseUlex europaeus23/05/2014David Nicholls
Sweet Vernal-grassAnthoxanthum odoratum23/05/2014David Nicholls
Silver-ground CarpetXanthorhoe montanata23/05/2014David Nicholls
Yellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria23/05/2014David Nicholls
Yorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus23/05/2014David Nicholls
Prickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper23/05/2014David Nicholls
Red-and-black FroghopperCercopis vulnerata23/05/2014David Nicholls
Ragged-RobinSilene flos-cuculi23/05/2014David Nicholls
Neriene montana23/05/2014David Nicholls
Marsh ThistleCirsium palustre23/05/2014David Nicholls
Lehmannia marginata23/05/2014David Nicholls
Ground-elderAegopodium podagraria23/05/2014David Nicholls
Epiphragma ocellare23/05/2014David Nicholls
Getting There

The site is located just off the A46 at Six Hills.