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

    Further Information
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 255


    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
    Amethyst DeceiverLaccaria amethystina14/09/2019Melinda Bell
    Eristalis pertinax13/08/2019Melinda Bell
    Knopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis13/08/2019Melinda Bell
    LingCalluna vulgaris13/08/2019Melinda Bell
    Violet Bramble RustPhragmidium violaceum13/08/2019Melinda Bell
    Indian BalsamImpatiens glandulifera13/08/2019Melinda Bell
    WallLasiommata megera12/08/2019Rob Sayer
    Painted LadyVanessa cardui03/08/2019Melinda Bell
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria03/08/2019Melinda Bell
    TreecreeperCerthia familiaris16/07/2019Melinda Bell
    BlackcapSylvia atricapilla16/07/2019Melinda Bell
    BlusherAmanita rubescens16/07/2019Melinda Bell
    Sticky GroundselSenecio viscosus16/07/2019Melinda Bell
    Rutpela maculata22/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Tree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum22/06/2019Melinda Bell

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo24/03/2011
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria20/09/2013
    Barklice & BookliceValenzuela flavidus15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena scotica27/02/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari20/09/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis01/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida16/05/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum22/06/2019
    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
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis25/05/2019
    BeetlesCarabus problematicus25/04/2008
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata12/05/2006
    BeetlesGlischrochilus hortensis20/09/2013
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata12/05/2006