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.

    Getting There

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

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 108

    Description

    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
    Herb-RobertGeranium robertianum13/05/2018Robert Carter
    Crab AppleMalus sylvestris13/05/2018Robert Carter
    Red CampionSilene dioica13/05/2018Robert Carter
    Dandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.13/05/2018Robert Carter
    Garlic MustardAlliaria petiolata13/05/2018Robert Carter
    BugleAjuga reptans13/05/2018Peter Smith
    Golden-bloomed Grey LonghornAgapanthia villosoviridescens13/05/2018Peter Smith
    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