20 Acre Piece NR

    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.

    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.


    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata23/05/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella28/05/2010
    BugsBirch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus11/05/2012
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla23/05/2014
    WildflowersBugleAjuga reptans23/05/2014
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo11/05/2012
    BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis28/05/2010
    Slugs & SnailsChestnut SlugDeroceras invadens23/05/2014
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata23/05/2014
    MothsCocksfoot MothGlyphipterix simpliciella28/05/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum23/05/2014
    BeetlesCommon Leaf WeevilPhyllobius pyri11/05/2012
    BeetlesCommon Malachite BeetleMalachius bipustulatus28/05/2010
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum11/05/2012
    WildflowersCommon Spotted-orchidDactylorhiza fuchsii23/05/2014
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersCrab AppleMalus sylvestris13/05/2018
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis11/05/2012
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.13/05/2018
    Slugs & SnailsDiscus SnailDiscus rotundatus23/05/2014
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus23/05/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum23/05/2014
    BugsFine Streaked BugkinMiris striatus28/05/2010
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata13/05/2018
    BeetlesGolden-bloomed Grey LonghornAgapanthia villosoviridescens13/05/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana11/05/2012
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus23/05/2014
    BugsGorse ShieldbugPiezodorus lituratus11/05/2012
    WildflowersGreat BurnetSanguisorba officinalis23/05/2014
    FungiGreat Burnet RustXenodochus carbonarius11/05/2012
    MothsGreen Long-hornAdela reaumurella11/05/2012