20 Acre Piece NR

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    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
    BeetlesGolden-bloomed Grey LonghornAgapanthia villosoviridescens28/05/2010
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis28/05/2010
    BeetlesCantharis nigricans28/05/2010
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata28/05/2010
    BeetlesThick-legged Flower BeetleIschnomera cyanea28/05/2010
    BeetlesLeistus fulvibarbis28/05/2010
    BeetlesCommon Malachite BeetleMalachius bipustulatus28/05/2010
    BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis28/05/2010
    BeetlesRhagonycha testacea28/05/2010
    BugsClosterotomus fulvomaculatus28/05/2010
    BugsFine Streaked BugkinMiris striatus28/05/2010
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTipula luna28/05/2010
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella28/05/2010
    FliesPsila fimetaria28/05/2010
    FliesTachina fera28/05/2010
    HoverfliesEpistrophe eligans28/05/2010
    HoverfliesTapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax28/05/2010
    HoverfliesThe FootballerHelophilus pendulus28/05/2010
    HoverfliesLeucozona lucorum28/05/2010
    HoverfliesMyathropa florea28/05/2010
    HoverfliesSyrphus ribesii28/05/2010
    HoverfliesVolucella bombylans28/05/2010
    HoverfliesXylota segnis28/05/2010
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesChrysopa perla28/05/2010
    MothsCocksfoot MothGlyphipterix simpliciella28/05/2010
    SawfliesAbia sericea28/05/2010
    SawfliesArge ustulata28/05/2010
    SawfliesTurnip SawflyAthalia rosae28/05/2010
    SawfliesTenthredo olivacea28/05/2010
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGooden's Nomad BeeNomada goodeniana11/05/2012