Asfordby Hill

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    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: 176

    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.

    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.


    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata23/04/2016
    BugsAnt Damsel BugHimacerus mirmicoides03/01/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae08/10/2015
    FliesBee FlyBombylius major06/04/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBee WolfPhilanthus triangulum06/08/2015
    BugsBirch Catkin BugKleidocerys resedae03/01/2020
    WildflowersBiting StonecropSedum acre28/06/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlack-tailed SkimmerOrthetrum cancellatum28/06/2019
    WildflowersBloody Crane's-billGeranium sanguineum28/06/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.08/10/2015
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni28/06/2019
    ButterfliesBrown ArgusAricia agestis11/06/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris23/04/2016
    MothsBurnet CompanionEuclidia glyphica25/06/2015
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo23/04/2016
    FliesCelery flyEuleia heraclei22/05/2016
    Slugs & SnailsChestnut SlugDeroceras invadens28/06/2019
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine04/06/2015
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara23/04/2016
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus04/05/2015
    ButterfliesCommon Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus23/07/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon Blue DamselflyEnallagma cyathigerum25/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum23/04/2016
    WildflowersCommon CudweedFilago vulgaris28/06/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum07/09/2014
    HoverfliesCommon Drone FlyEristalis tenax08/10/2015
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Field GrasshopperChorthippus brunneus07/09/2014
    WildflowersCommon GroundselSenecio vulgaris23/04/2016
    WildflowersCommon MallowMalva sylvestris25/06/2015
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica04/06/2015
    WildflowersCommon PoppyPapaver rhoeas23/07/2014
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris08/10/2015
    WildflowersCommon Spotted-orchidDactylorhiza fuchsii25/06/2015
    WildflowersCommon Stork's-billErodium cicutarium28/06/2019
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum03/01/2020
    WildflowersCommon ToadflaxLinaria vulgaris28/06/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris04/06/2015
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris04/06/2015
    WildflowersCowslipPrimula veris23/04/2016
    WildflowersCultivated Daffodil agg.Narcissus23/04/2016
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis15/04/2015
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.23/04/2016
    ButterfliesDingy SkipperErynnis tages04/06/2015
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus04/06/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDog-roseRosa canina04/06/2015
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus28/06/2019
    WildflowersFairy FlaxLinum catharticum28/06/2019
    WildflowersField BindweedConvolvulus arvensis23/07/2014
    WildflowersField Forget-me-notMyosotis arvensis28/06/2019
    Ferns & HorsetailsField HorsetailEquisetum arvense04/06/2015
    WildflowersField MadderSherardia arvensis28/06/2019
    SpidersGarden SpiderAraneus diadematus08/10/2015
    BugsGorse ShieldbugPiezodorus lituratus07/09/2014
    WildflowersGreat MulleinVerbascum thapsus08/10/2015
    WildflowersGreater StitchwortStellaria holostea04/06/2015
    ButterfliesGreen HairstreakCallophrys rubi22/05/2016
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina07/09/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria23/04/2016
    ButterfliesGrizzled SkipperPyrgus malvae11/06/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna04/06/2015
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum04/05/2015
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium04/06/2015
    WildflowersHop TrefoilTrifolium campestre28/06/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix08/10/2015
    Mosses & LiverwortsJuniper HaircapPolytrichum juniperinum08/08/2009
    WildflowersKidney VetchAnthyllis vulneraria04/05/2015
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesLarge Red DamselflyPyrrhosoma nymphula04/05/2015
    MothsLatticed HeathChiasmia clathrata23/07/2014
    BeetlesLesser Clover Leaf WeevilHypera nigrirostris03/01/2020
    HoverfliesLong HoverflySphaerophoria scripta04/05/2015
    WildflowersLove-in-a-mistNigella damascena25/06/2015
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus07/09/2014
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina25/06/2015
    WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris04/06/2015
    Grasshoppers & CricketsMeadow GrasshopperChorthippus parallelus07/09/2014
    MothsMother ShiptonEuclidia mi04/06/2015
    WildflowersMouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum28/06/2019
    WildflowersMugwortArtemisia vulgaris28/06/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca28/06/2019
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines04/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersOrchard AppleMalus domestica25/06/2015
    WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare04/06/2015
    WildflowersParsley-piertAphanes arvensis28/06/2019
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io06/04/2015
    BugsPied ShieldbugTritomegas bicolor15/04/2015
    WildflowersPrimrosePrimula vulgaris15/04/2015
    MammalsRabbitOryctolagus cuniculus28/06/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius23/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed Banded Sand WaspAmmophila sabulosa12/08/2015
    WildflowersRed CloverTrifolium pratense04/06/2015
    WildflowersRed Dead-nettleLamium purpureum23/04/2016
    BirdsRed KiteMilvus milvus03/01/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed Legged Spider WaspEpisyron rufipes12/08/2015
    WildflowersRed ValerianCentranthus ruber25/06/2015
    WildflowersRibbed MelilotMelilotus officinalis08/10/2015
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus28/06/2019
    FungiRose RustPhragmidium mucronatum22/05/2016
    FungiRust FungusPuccinia urticata04/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSand Tailed Digger WaspCerceris arenaria07/08/2015
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris25/06/2015
    MothsSix-Spot BurnetZygaena filipendulae23/07/2014
    ButterfliesSmall HeathCoenonympha pamphilus11/06/2013
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae23/04/2016
    Slugs & SnailsSmooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula28/06/2019
    WildflowersSnow-in-summerCerastium tomentosum28/06/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSnowberrySymphoricarpos albus08/10/2015
    WildflowersSoapwortSaponaria officinalis28/06/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea23/07/2014
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria04/05/2015
    BeetlesStrawberry Root WeevilSciaphilus asperatus03/01/2020
    Slugs & SnailsStrawberry SnailTrochulus striolatus28/06/2019
    WildflowersTansyTanacetum vulgare08/10/2015
    HoverfliesTapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax04/05/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva23/04/2016
    HoverfliesThick-legged HoverflySyritta pipiens04/05/2015
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SandwortArenaria serpyllifolia subsp. serpyllifolia28/06/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTor-grassBrachypodium pinnatum agg.28/06/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesWall BarleyHordeum murinum28/06/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWall CotoneasterCotoneaster horizontalis08/10/2015
    WildflowersWeldReseda luteola25/06/2015
    SawfliesWheat Stem BorerCephus pygmeus28/06/2019
    HoverfliesWhite-footed HoverflyPlatycheirus albimanus08/10/2015
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesWhite-legged DamselflyPlatycnemis pennipes23/07/2014
    WildflowersWhite CampionSilene latifolia25/06/2015
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens08/10/2015
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album23/04/2016
    WildflowersWhite StonecropSedum album28/06/2019
    WildflowersWild MignonetteReseda lutea28/06/2019
    WildflowersWild CarrotDaucus carota subsp. carota28/06/2019
    WildflowersWild ParsnipPastinaca sativa25/06/2015
    WildflowersWild StrawberryFragaria vesca23/04/2016
    Slugs & SnailsWrinkled SnailCandidula intersecta28/06/2019
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium08/10/2015
    WildflowersYellow-wortBlackstonia perfoliata08/10/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsYellow Meadow AntLasius flavus23/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nigroaenea23/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFormica lemani28/06/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGymnomerus laevipes22/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHedychrum niemelai07/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsIchneumon sarcitorius03/01/2020
    BeetlesCalathus melanocephalus03/01/2020
    BeetlesHister unicolor28/06/2019
    BeetlesLoricera pilicornis03/01/2020
    BeetlesOedemera lurida04/06/2015
    BeetlesPhilonthus cognatus03/01/2020
    BeetlesPhilonthus varians03/01/2020
    BugsCapsus ater28/06/2019
    BugsCorizus hyoscyami07/09/2014
    BugsMegalonotus antennatus03/01/2020
    BugsPemphigus bursarius28/06/2019
    BugsPemphigus populinigrae agg.28/06/2019
    BugsPeritrechus nubilus03/01/2020
    BugsRhopalus subrufus04/06/2015
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesBibio johannis23/04/2016
    HoverfliesCheilosia albitarsis/ranunculi agg.04/06/2015
    HoverfliesEupeodes luniger04/05/2015
    HoverfliesMelangyna labiatarum22/05/2016
    HoverfliesPlatycheirus tarsalis04/05/2015
    HoverfliesRhingia campestris07/09/2014
    HoverfliesSyrphus ribesii08/10/2015
    insect - true bug (Hemiptera)Drymus (Sylvadrymus) ryei03/01/2020
    LichensCladonia rangiformis03/01/2020
    SawfliesArge melanochra28/06/2019
    SawfliesCephus spinipes28/06/2019
    SpidersBathyphantes gracilis03/01/2020
    SpidersClubiona comta03/01/2020
    SpidersClubiona terrestris03/01/2020
    SpidersEro furcata03/01/2020
    SpidersHeliophanus flavipes03/01/2020
    SpidersMicaria micans sensu stricto03/01/2020
    SpidersMicroneta viaria03/01/2020
    SpidersPelecopsis parallela03/01/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsDicyrtomina saundersi03/01/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsOrchesella cincta03/01/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsOrchesella villosa03/01/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsPogonognathellus longicornis03/01/2020