Asfordby Hill

Wildlife Highlights

This is a superb butterfly site and one of the few places in Leicestershire where you can see Grizzled and Dingy Skippers. It is also an interesting site for wildflowers and insects in general.

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 112


This is an old industrial site, comprised of a sandy soil which is the result of the historic dumping of waste materials from the nearby steel works. It is a mosaic of wildflower-rich grassland and scrub.

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
Green HairstreakCallophrys rubi22/05/2016Paul Ruddoch
Rose RustPhragmidium mucronatum22/05/2016Paul Ruddoch
Celery flyEuleia heraclei22/05/2016Paul Ruddoch
Kidney VetchAnthyllis vulneraria22/05/2016Paul Ruddoch
Melangyna labiatarum22/05/2016Paul Ruddoch
Common Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum22/05/2016Paul Ruddoch
Gymnomerus laevipes22/05/2016Paul Ruddoch
Burnet CompanionEuclidia glyphica22/05/2016Paul Ruddoch
Dingy SkipperErynnis tages22/05/2016Paul Ruddoch
7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata23/04/2016Paul Ruddoch
Tapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax23/04/2016Paul Ruddoch
White-footed HoverflyPlatycheirus albimanus23/04/2016Paul Ruddoch
Grey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria23/04/2016Paul Ruddoch
Andrena nigroaenea23/04/2016Paul Ruddoch
Red Dead-nettleLamium purpureum23/04/2016Paul Ruddoch
Getting There

Just to the west of Melton, it is reached from the A6006 in the village of Asfordby Hill.

Group Common name Latin name Last seen
Bees, Wasps, AntsRed Banded Sand WaspAmmophila sabulosa12/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria23/04/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva23/04/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nigroaenea23/04/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius23/04/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum23/04/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris23/04/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsSand Tailed Digger WaspCerceris arenaria07/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae08/10/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsRed Legged Spider WaspEpisyron rufipes12/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsGymnomerus laevipes22/05/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsHedychrum niemelai07/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus23/04/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsBee WolfPhilanthus triangulum06/08/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris04/06/2015
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata23/04/2016
BeetlesOedemera lurida04/06/2015
BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo23/04/2016
BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus04/06/2015
BugsCorizus hyoscyami07/09/2014
BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina07/09/2014
BugsGorse ShieldbugPiezodorus lituratus07/09/2014
BugsRhopalus subrufus04/06/2015
BugsPied ShieldbugTritomegas bicolor15/04/2015
ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae15/04/2015
ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines04/05/2015
ButterfliesBrown ArgusAricia agestis11/06/2013
ButterfliesGreen HairstreakCallophrys rubi22/05/2016
ButterfliesSmall HeathCoenonympha pamphilus01/06/2007
ButterfliesDingy SkipperErynnis tages01/06/2007