Bardon Hill

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    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 281


    Bardon Hill, near Coalville, is the highest point in Leicestershire, 278 metres (912 feet) above sea level. The hill has two very distinct faces – one half preserved as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the other removed by Bardon Hill Quarry. It is also the site of a radio mast. Though it is the highest point in Leicestershire, it is easy to get to the top and the summit offers tremendous views across the county plus a dramatic vista over the adjacent quarry. The rocky outcrops at the summit are surrounded by overgrown heathland, which is being restored.

    Wildlife Highlights

    The trees near the summit attract Tree Pipits in summer and the area is one of the best spots for seeing passing migrants, such as Ring Ouzels in spring. Raptors such as Buzzard and Peregrine can often be seen circling the higher areas. There is a good invertebrate diversity, including a few rarities

    Further Information
    Latest records
    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Green ShieldbugPalomena prasina04/11/2019David Nicholls
    Artichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix04/11/2019David Nicholls
    Cola-nut GallAndricus lignicola04/11/2019David Nicholls
    Oak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari04/11/2019David Nicholls
    Downy BirchBetula pubescens04/11/2019David Nicholls
    Butter CapRhodocollybia butyracea04/11/2019David Nicholls
    Common Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata04/11/2019David Nicholls
    GorseUlex europaeus04/11/2019David Nicholls
    LingCalluna vulgaris04/11/2019David Nicholls
    Common CentauryCentaurium erythraea04/11/2019David Nicholls
    Netted SlugDeroceras reticulatum04/11/2019David Nicholls
    Cladonia rangiformis04/11/2019David Nicholls
    Mouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum04/11/2019David Nicholls
    Russet ToughshankGymnopus dryophilus04/11/2019David Nicholls
    Hedgehog SlugArion intermedius04/11/2019David Nicholls

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo24/03/2011
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria25/04/2008
    Barklice & BookliceEctopsocus petersi15/10/2016
    Barklice & BookliceValenzuela flavidus15/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena scotica27/02/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix15/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari07/09/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis15/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida16/05/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum03/07/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris25/04/2008
    Bees, Wasps, AntsPea GallCynips divisa15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Pea Gall WaspDiplolepis eglanteriae/nervosa14/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree WaspDolichovespula sylvestris25/04/2008
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsIchneumon extensorius02/01/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsMyrmica ruginodis24/03/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Spangle GallNeuroterus albipes15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOyster Gall WaspNeuroterus anthracinus15/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum15/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro11/06/2018
    BeetlesGolden-bloomed Grey LonghornAgapanthia villosoviridescens06/06/2018
    BeetlesAnotylus rugosus24/03/2011
    BeetlesApion haematodes24/03/2011
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis25/05/2019
    BeetlesCarabus problematicus25/04/2008
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata12/05/2006
    BeetlesGlischrochilus hortensis20/09/2013