Broombriggs Farm and Windmill Hill

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    Getting There

    Entrance to the farm is located on Beacon Road just before the village.

    There is a pay and display car park, which is £2.50 for all day parking. Please note exact money is needed. All proceeds from car parking charges go into the maintenance and upkeep of the country parks.

    Bus information can be found here:

    Managed By
    Leicestershire County Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 96


    Broombriggs Farm and Windmill Hill covers an area of 62 hectares, and is located to the west of Woodhouse Eaves and to the south of Beacon Hill. Broombriggs Farm is a mosaic of small fields enclosed by dry stone walls, hedgerows, fences and woodlands. They are managed to provide permanent pasture for grazing livestock and to grow various arable crops.

    The Farm was donated to Leicestershire County Council in 1970 by the Frear family. Their desire was to preserve its natural beauty as a typical Charnwood Forest farm. Today, the farm is still managed in traditional ways which help to retain its varied landscapes and fine views over the surrounding countryside.

    Between Broombriggs Farm and the village of Woodhouse Eaves is Windmill Hill. The site is a mix of mature woods and new woodland areas recently planted with waymarked paths as part of The National Forest. A platform giving views over the Soar Valley has been made from the stone base of the former post mill that stood from 1863 until it was destroyed by fire in 1945.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The higher elevations of the site support acid grassland and scrub similar to that seen in Beacon Hill nearby. Reptiles such as Slow-worm and Common Lizard have been recorded. The area is good for fungi and the many dry-stone walls support a good range of lichen and mosses. Water-cress grows in the lower fields where water flows.

    • Country Park
    Further Information

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola12/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis12/10/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca02/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger02/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro12/10/2017
    BeetlesCalathus melanocephalus02/04/2016
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis21/05/2015
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus12/10/2017
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo15/06/2013
    BirdsLinnetCarduelis cannabina15/06/2013
    BirdsGreenfinchCarduelis chloris15/06/2013
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus15/06/2013
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone15/06/2013
    BirdsRookCorvus frugilegus15/06/2013
    BirdsJackdawCorvus monedula15/06/2013
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus15/06/2013
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major15/06/2013
    BirdsYellowhammerEmberiza citrinella15/06/2013
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula15/06/2013
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus01/11/2015
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs15/06/2013
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius15/06/2013
    BirdsSwallowHirundo rustica15/06/2013
    BirdsCommon CrossbillLoxia curvirostra15/06/2013
    BirdsCurlewNumenius arquata15/06/2013
    BirdsGreat TitParus major15/06/2013
    BirdsCoal TitPeriparus ater12/10/2017
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita15/06/2013
    BirdsMagpiePica pica15/06/2013
    BirdsMarsh TitPoecile palustris15/06/2013
    BirdsGoldcrestRegulus regulus15/06/2013
    BirdsNuthatchSitta europaea15/06/2013
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla15/06/2013
    BirdsGarden WarblerSylvia borin15/06/2013
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes15/06/2013
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos15/06/2013
    BugsRed-and-black FroghopperCercopis vulnerata15/06/2013
    BugsStriped Oak BugRhabdomiris striatellus15/06/2013
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta12/10/2017
    FliesNoon FlyMesembrina meridiana12/10/2017
    FungiBirch WoodwartAnnulohypoxylon multiforme01/01/2019
    FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae21/12/2013
    FungiWrinkled ClubClavulina rugosa01/01/2019
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon01/01/2019
    HoverfliesCommon Drone FlyEristalis tenax12/10/2017
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesScorpion FlyPanorpa communis15/06/2013
    MammalsBank VoleClethrionomys glareolus15/06/2013
    MammalsMuntjacMuntiacus reevesi15/06/2013
    MammalsCommon PipistrellePipistrellus pipistrellus14/06/2013
    MammalsSoprano PipistrellePipistrellus pygmaeus14/06/2013
    MammalsBrown Long-eared BatPlecotus auritus14/06/2013
    MammalsGrey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis15/06/2013
    MothsHazel SlenderParornix devoniella12/10/2017
    MothsWhite ErmineSpilosoma lubricipeda17/05/2020
    ReptilesSlowwormAnguis fragilis15/06/2013
    SawfliesRhogogaster viridis15/06/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus15/06/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHorse-chestnutAesculus hippocastanum15/06/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula15/06/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna15/06/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBroomCytisus scoparius21/12/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBeechFagus sylvatica16/04/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium21/12/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersEuropean LarchLarix decidua21/12/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersScots PinePinus sylvestris15/06/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.15/06/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra15/06/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRowanSorbus aucuparia15/06/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersYewTaxus baccata15/06/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSmall-leaved LimeTilia cordata15/06/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersCommon LimeTilia platyphyllos x cordata = T. x europaea15/06/2013
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata15/06/2013
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris15/06/2013
    WildflowersLords-and-LadiesArum maculatum15/06/2013
    WildflowersWhite BryonyBryonia dioica15/06/2013
    WildflowersSweet ChestnutCastanea sativa21/12/2013
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare16/04/2015
    WildflowersFoxgloveDigitalis purpurea15/06/2013
    WildflowersBlack BryonyDioscorea communis15/06/2013
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum15/06/2013
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum21/05/2015
    WildflowersWater-cressNasturtium officinale02/04/2016
    WildflowersWelsh PoppyPapaver cambricum21/05/2015
    WildflowersGreater Burnet-saxifragePimpinella major16/07/2013
    WildflowersSilverweedPotentilla anserina15/06/2013
    WildflowersCowslipPrimula veris15/06/2013
    WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris15/06/2013
    WildflowersIvy-leaved CrowfootRanunculus hederaceus02/04/2016
    WildflowersCreeping ButtercupRanunculus repens15/06/2013
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius16/04/2015
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media16/04/2015
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.15/06/2013
    WildflowersWood SageTeucrium scorodonia21/12/2013
    WildflowersZigzag CloverTrifolium medium23/06/2020
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica16/04/2015
    WildflowersGermander SpeedwellVeronica chamaedrys15/06/2013