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
    HoverfliesXylota segnis28/05/2010
    FungiGreat Burnet RustXenodochus carbonarius11/05/2012
    MothsSilver-ground CarpetXanthorhoe montanata23/05/2014
    HoverfliesVolucella bombylans28/05/2010
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus23/05/2014
    CranefliesTipula luna28/05/2010
    CranefliesTipula fascipennis23/05/2014
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesThricops semicinereus11/05/2012
    SawfliesTenthredo olivacea28/05/2010
    BeetlesTemnocerus nanus11/05/2012
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.13/05/2018
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesTachina fera28/05/2010
    HoverfliesSyrphus ribesii28/05/2010
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla23/05/2014
    WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper23/05/2014
    WildflowersRagged-RobinSilene flos-cuculi23/05/2014
    WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica13/05/2018
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesYellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria23/05/2014
    WildflowersGreat BurnetSanguisorba officinalis23/05/2014
    BugsRhopalus subrufus11/05/2012
    HoverfliesRhingia campestris11/05/2012
    BeetlesRhagonycha testacea28/05/2010
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur23/05/2014
    BeetlesCardinal BeetlePyrochroa serraticornis28/05/2010
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesPsila fimetaria28/05/2010
    BeetlesPolydrusus cervinus11/05/2012
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesPolietes domitor11/05/2012
    HoverfliesPlatycheirus manicatus11/05/2012
    harvestmen (Opiliones)Platybunus triangularis11/05/2012
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis11/05/2012