Asfordby Hill

    Wildlife Highlights

    This is a superb butterfly site and one of the few places in Leicestershire where you can see Grizzled and Dingy Skippers. It is also an interesting site for wildflowers and insects in general.

    Getting There

    Just to the west of Melton, it is reached from the A6006 in the village of Asfordby Hill.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 149

    Description

    This is an old industrial site, comprised of a sandy soil which is the result of the historic dumping of waste materials from the nearby steel works. It is a mosaic of wildflower-rich grassland and scrub.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Field Forget-me-notMyosotis arvensis28/06/2019David Nicholls
    Thyme-leaved SandwortArenaria serpyllifolia subsp. serpyllifolia28/06/2019David Nicholls
    Negro AntFormica fusca28/06/2019David Nicholls
    Formica lemani28/06/2019David Nicholls
    Cephus spinipes28/06/2019David Nicholls
    BrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni28/06/2019David Nicholls
    RingletAphantopus hyperantus28/06/2019David Nicholls
    Hop TrefoilTrifolium campestre28/06/2019David Nicholls
    TansyTanacetum vulgare28/06/2019David Nicholls
    Dusky SlugArion subfuscus28/06/2019David Nicholls
    Common Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus28/06/2019David Nicholls
    Common Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum28/06/2019David Nicholls
    MugwortArtemisia vulgaris28/06/2019David Nicholls
    Chestnut SlugDeroceras invadens28/06/2019David Nicholls
    Meadow BrownManiola jurtina28/06/2019David Nicholls

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed Banded Sand WaspAmmophila sabulosa12/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria23/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva23/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nigroaenea23/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius23/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum23/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris23/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSand Tailed Digger WaspCerceris arenaria07/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae08/10/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed Legged Spider WaspEpisyron rufipes12/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca28/06/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFormica lemani28/06/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGymnomerus laevipes22/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHedychrum niemelai07/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus23/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBee WolfPhilanthus triangulum06/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris04/06/2015
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata07/09/2014
    BeetlesHister unicolor28/06/2019
    BeetlesOedemera lurida04/06/2015
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo23/04/2016
    BugsCapsus ater28/06/2019
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus04/06/2015
    BugsCorizus hyoscyami07/09/2014
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina08/10/2015
    BugsPemphigus bursarius28/06/2019
    BugsPemphigus populinigrae agg.28/06/2019
    BugsGorse ShieldbugPiezodorus lituratus07/09/2014
    BugsRhopalus subrufus04/06/2015
    BugsPied ShieldbugTritomegas bicolor15/04/2015