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
    SawfliesAbia sericea28/05/2010
    MothsGreen Long-hornAdela reaumurella11/05/2012
    WildflowersGround-elderAegopodium podagraria23/05/2014
    BeetlesGolden-bloomed Grey LonghornAgapanthia villosoviridescens13/05/2018
    WildflowersBugleAjuga reptans23/05/2014
    SawfliesAllantus cingulatus23/05/2014
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata13/05/2018
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines11/05/2012
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSweet Vernal-grassAnthoxanthum odoratum23/05/2014
    BeetlesArcharius pyrrhoceras11/05/2012
    SawfliesArge ustulata28/05/2010
    Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.23/05/2014
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus23/05/2014
    SawfliesTurnip SawflyAthalia rosae23/05/2014
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis28/05/2010
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesMurky-legged Black LegionnaireBeris chalybata11/05/2012
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula23/05/2014
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesSt Mark's FlyBibio marci11/05/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum23/05/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum23/05/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum23/05/2014
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo11/05/2012
    BeetlesCantharis decipiens11/05/2012
    BeetlesCantharis nigricans28/05/2010
    BeetlesCantharis pellucida11/05/2012
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis11/05/2012
    Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis23/05/2014
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum11/05/2012
    BugsRed-and-black FroghopperCercopis vulnerata23/05/2014
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesChrysopa perla28/05/2010