Bardon Hill

Wildlife Highlights

The trees near the summit attract Tree Pipits in summer and the area is one of the best spots for seeing passing migrants, such as Ring Ouzels in spring. Raptors such as Buzzard and Peregrine can often be seen circling the higher areas. There is a good invertebrate diversity, including a few rarities

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 154


Bardon Hill, near Coalville, is the highest point in Leicestershire, 278 metres (912 feet) above sea level. The hill has two very distinct faces – one half preserved as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the other removed by Bardon Hill Quarry. It is also the site of a radio mast. Though it is the highest point in Leicestershire, it is easy to get to the top and the summit offers tremendous views across the county plus a dramatic vista over the adjacent quarry. The rocky outcrops at the summit are surrounded by overgrown heathland, which is being restored.

Latest records

Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
WallLasiommata megera10/05/2017Richard Jeffery
Painted LadyVanessa cardui15/10/2016David Nicholls
Speckled WoodPararge aegeria15/10/2016David Nicholls
Red AdmiralVanessa atalanta15/10/2016David Nicholls
Gorse ShieldbugPiezodorus lituratus15/10/2016David Nicholls
Birch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus15/10/2016David Nicholls
Black SpleenwortAsplenium adiantum-nigrum15/10/2016David Nicholls
Oak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari15/10/2016David Nicholls
Scots PinePinus sylvestris15/10/2016David Nicholls
Pedunculate OakQuercus robur15/10/2016David Nicholls
Silver BirchBetula pendula15/10/2016David Nicholls
Downy BirchBetula pubescens15/10/2016David Nicholls
GorseUlex europaeus15/10/2016David Nicholls
LingCalluna vulgaris15/10/2016David Nicholls
Common Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata15/10/2016David Nicholls
Further Information

Group Common name Latin name Last seen
AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo20/09/2013
AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria20/09/2013
Barklice & BookliceValenzuela flavidus15/10/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix15/10/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari15/10/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola15/10/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis15/10/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum03/07/2014
Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris25/04/2008
Bees, Wasps, AntsPea GallCynips divisa15/10/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsTree WaspDolichovespula sylvestris25/04/2008
Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca15/10/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsIchneumon extensorius02/01/2015
Bees, Wasps, AntsMyrmica ruginodis24/03/2011
Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Spangle GallNeuroterus albipes15/10/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis15/10/2016
Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum15/10/2016
BeetlesAnotylus rugosus24/03/2011
BeetlesApion haematodes24/03/2011
BeetlesCarabus problematicus25/04/2008
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata12/05/2006
BeetlesGlischrochilus hortensis20/09/2013
Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata12/05/2006
Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata15/10/2016
BeetlesPea-leaf WeevilSitona lineatus24/03/2011
BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus20/09/2013
BirdsMeadow PipitAnthus pratensis29/04/2005
BirdsTree PipitAnthus trivialis05/05/2006
BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo14/04/2014
BirdsRavenCorvus corax20/09/2013