Bardon Hill

    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

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 222


    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.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    BrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni27/02/2019Melinda Bell
    Climbing CorydalisCeratocapnos claviculata27/02/2019Melinda Bell
    Small TortoiseshellAglais urticae27/02/2019Melinda Bell
    CommaPolygonia c-album27/02/2019Melinda Bell
    Colt's-footTussilago farfara27/02/2019Melinda Bell
    PeacockAglais io27/02/2019Melinda Bell
    Common WhitlowgrassErophila verna27/02/2019Melinda Bell
    Hart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium27/02/2019Melinda Bell
    Red FoxVulpes vulpes17/12/2018Melinda Bell
    RabbitOryctolagus cuniculus17/12/2018Melinda Bell
    TreecreeperCerthia familiaris17/12/2018Melinda Bell
    JayGarrulus glandarius17/12/2018Melinda Bell
    Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus17/12/2018Melinda Bell
    Long-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus17/12/2018Melinda Bell
    WrenTroglodytes troglodytes17/12/2018Melinda Bell
    Further Information

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo24/03/2011
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria20/09/2013
    Barklice & BookliceValenzuela flavidus15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix20/09/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari07/09/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis01/08/2018
    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 quercusbaccarum15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro11/06/2018
    BeetlesGolden-bloomed Grey LonghornAgapanthia villosoviridescens06/06/2018
    BeetlesAnotylus rugosus24/03/2011
    BeetlesApion haematodes24/03/2011
    BeetlesCarabus problematicus25/04/2008
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata12/05/2006
    BeetlesGlischrochilus hortensis20/09/2013
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata12/05/2006
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata15/10/2016
    BeetlesPea-leaf WeevilSitona lineatus24/03/2011
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus20/09/2013