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

    Description

    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 septempunctata15/04/2015
    BeetlesOedemera lurida04/06/2015
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo23/04/2016
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus04/06/2015
    BugsCorizus hyoscyami07/09/2014
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina08/10/2015
    BugsGorse ShieldbugPiezodorus lituratus07/09/2014
    BugsRhopalus subrufus04/06/2015
    BugsPied ShieldbugTritomegas bicolor15/04/2015
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io23/07/2014
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae04/05/2015
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines04/05/2015
    ButterfliesBrown ArgusAricia agestis11/06/2013
    ButterfliesGreen HairstreakCallophrys rubi22/05/2016
    ButterfliesSmall HeathCoenonympha pamphilus11/06/2013