Bardon Hill

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

    Further Information
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 325

    Description

    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


    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo20/09/2013
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria20/09/2013
    Barklice & BookliceEctopsocus briggsi agg. (briggsi/petersi/meridionalis)15/10/2016
    Barklice & BookliceValenzuela flavidus15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena scotica27/02/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix15/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari04/11/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis20/09/2013
    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, AntsCherry Gall WaspCynips quercusfolii21/09/2020
    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 numismalis08/09/2020
    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
    BeetlesOrange LadybirdHalyzia sedecimguttata25/09/2019
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis19/05/2020
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata12/05/2006
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata15/10/2016
    BeetlesViburnum BeetlePyrrhalta viburni08/09/2020
    BeetlesRutpela maculata13/07/2020
    BeetlesPea-leaf WeevilSitona lineatus24/03/2011
    BeetlesStrophosoma melanogrammum04/11/2019
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus20/09/2013
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus17/12/2018
    BirdsSkylarkAlauda arvensis23/04/2018
    BirdsMeadow PipitAnthus pratensis29/04/2005
    BirdsTree PipitAnthus trivialis05/05/2006
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo20/09/2013
    BirdsLinnetCarduelis cannabina23/04/2018
    BirdsTreecreeperCerthia familiaris16/07/2019
    BirdsRavenCorvus corax20/09/2013
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone16/05/2019
    BirdsCuckooCuculus canorus09/05/2018
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus03/07/2014
    BirdsYellowhammerEmberiza citrinella09/05/2018
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula17/12/2018
    BirdsPeregrine FalconFalco peregrinus17/07/2020
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius17/12/2018
    BirdsPied WagtailMotacilla alba03/06/2019
    BirdsCoal TitPeriparus ater25/09/2019
    BirdsRedstartPhoenicurus phoenicurus08/09/2020
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita03/07/2014
    BirdsMagpiePica pica15/10/2016
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis09/05/2018
    BirdsBlackcapSylvia atricapilla16/07/2019
    BirdsWhitethroatSylvia communis03/07/2014
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes17/12/2018
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos03/06/2019
    BirdsBarn OwlTyto alba04/11/2019
    BugsLucerne BugAdelphocoris lineolatus20/09/2013
    BugsAnaceratagallia venosa09/08/2020
    BugsAnoscopus albifrons09/08/2020
    BugsCommon Flower BugAnthocoris nemorum24/03/2011
    BugsRed-and-black FroghopperCercopis vulnerata12/05/2019
    BugsGreen Leaf-hopperCicadella viridis09/08/2020
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus01/08/2018
    BugsCorizus hyoscyami24/08/2020
    BugsSloe BugDolycoris baccarum29/08/2015
    BugsBirch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus15/10/2016
    BugsTortoise BugEurygaster (cf) testudinaria05/08/2020
    BugsAnt Damsel BugHimacerus mirmicoides09/08/2020
    BugsLinnavuoriana decempunctata15/10/2016
    BugsMyrmus miriformis05/08/2020
    BugsMarsh DamselbugNabis limbatus09/08/2020
    BugsSmall Grass ShieldbugNeottiglossa pusilla15/09/2018
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina05/05/2006
    BugsPhytocoris varipes09/08/2020
    BugsGorse ShieldbugPiezodorus lituratus15/10/2016
    BugsPlagiognathus arbustorum09/08/2020
    BugsPlagiognathus chrysanthemi09/08/2020
    BugsScolopostethus decoratus09/08/2020
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io25/06/2020
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae27/02/2019
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines12/05/2019
    ButterfliesPurple EmperorApatura iris29/07/2019
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus03/07/2014
    ButterfliesSilver-washed FritillaryArgynnis paphia16/07/2018
    ButterfliesBrown ArgusAricia agestis01/08/2018
    ButterfliesGreen HairstreakCallophrys rubi22/05/2018
    ButterfliesSmall HeathCoenonympha pamphilus03/07/2014
    ButterfliesDingy SkipperErynnis tages20/05/2018
    ButterfliesPurple HairstreakFavonius quercus16/07/2018
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni27/02/2019
    ButterfliesWallLasiommata megera05/08/2014
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas05/08/2014
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina03/07/2014
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus24/06/2020
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria29/08/2015
    ButterfliesGreen-veined WhitePieris napi05/05/2015
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album29/08/2015
    ButterfliesCommon Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus06/06/2018
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus21/07/2018
    ButterfliesEssex SkipperThymelicus lineola17/07/2020
    ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris03/07/2014
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta07/09/2016
    ButterfliesPainted LadyVanessa cardui24/08/2020
    Centipedes & MillipedesBlunt-tailed Snake MillipedeCylindroiulus punctatus04/11/2019
    Centipedes & MillipedesPill MillipedeGlomeris marginata04/11/2019
    Centipedes & MillipedesBanded CentipedeLithobius variegatus24/03/2011
    Centipedes & MillipedesWhite-legged Snake MillipedeTachypodoiulus niger25/04/2008
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesBibio lanigerus06/04/2007
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesSt Mark's FlyBibio marci12/05/2019
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesDasineura urticae15/09/2018
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesTiger CraneflyNephrotoma flavescens12/05/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea15/10/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesCommon DarterSympetrum striolatum07/09/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsBlack SpleenwortAsplenium adiantum-nigrum15/10/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsHart's-tongueAsplenium scolopendrium27/02/2019
    Ferns & HorsetailsLady-fernAthyrium filix-femina13/07/2020
    Ferns & HorsetailsMale-fernDryopteris filix-mas15/10/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsPolypody agg.Polypodium vulgare agg.15/10/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsSoft Shield FernPolystichum setiferum15/10/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsBrackenPteridium aquilinum03/07/2014
    FliesAgromyza alnibetulae15/09/2018
    FliesAmauromyza flavifrons13/07/2020
    FliesChromatomyia periclymeni25/06/2020
    FliesConops quadrifasciatus24/08/2020
    FliesHolly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis17/12/2018
    FliesYellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria05/05/2006
    FliesThistle Gall FlyUrophora cardui29/08/2015
    FungiFalse DeathcapAmanita citrina22/06/2019
    FungiFly AgaricAmanita muscaria08/09/2020
    FungiBlusherAmanita rubescens21/09/2020
    FungiBay BoleteBoletus badius15/09/2018
    FungiShaggy ParasolChlorophyllum rhacodes15/09/2018
    FungiGlistening InkcapCoprinellus micaceus25/09/2019
    FungiShaggy Ink CapCoprinus comatus04/11/2019
    FungiCommon JellyspotDacrymyces stillatus06/03/2020
    FungiBlushing BracketDaedaleopsis confragosa14/04/2019
    FungiBlack Witches ButterExidia glandulosa06/03/2020
    FungiRusset ToughshankGymnopus dryophilus04/11/2019
    FungiBlackening WaxcapHygrocybe conica15/10/2016
    FungiSulphur TuftHypholoma fasciculare13/07/2020
    FungiAmethyst DeceiverLaccaria amethystina14/09/2019
    FungiSnowy DiscoLachnum virgineum15/02/2013
    FungiWoolly MilkcapLactarius torminosus26/09/2018
    FungiBrown Birch BoleteLeccinum scabrum26/09/2018
    FungiTawny FunnelLepista flaccida04/11/2019
    FungiWood BlewitLepista nuda04/11/2019
    FungiCommon PuffballLycoperdon perlatum25/09/2019
    FungiMilking BonnetMycena galopus08/09/2020
    FungiLilac BonnetMycena pura25/09/2019
    FungiBrown RollrimPaxillus involutus08/09/2020
    FungiViolet Bramble RustPhragmidium violaceum13/08/2019
    FungiBirch PolyporePiptoporus betulinus08/09/2020
    FungiButter CapRhodocollybia butyracea04/11/2019
    FungiBracken MapRhopographus filicinus27/02/2019
    FungiSycamore TarspotRhytisma acerinum29/08/2015
    FungiCommon EarthballScleroderma citrinum25/09/2019
    FungiHairy Curtain CrustStereum hirsutum25/09/2019
    FungiWitch's BroomTaphrina betulina06/03/2020
    FungiTurkeytailTrametes versicolor15/02/2013
    FungiYellow BrainTremella mesenterica04/11/2019
    FungiHolly SpeckleTrochila ilicina13/07/2020
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon25/09/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesToad RushJuncus bufonius13/07/2020
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Field GrasshopperChorthippus brunneus21/09/2020
    Grasshoppers & CricketsRoesel's Bush-cricketMetrioptera roeselii30/08/2018
    harvestman (Opiliones)Nemastoma bimaculatum04/11/2019
    HoverfliesBaccha elongata05/05/2006
    HoverfliesDasysyrphus tricinctus05/05/2006
    HoverfliesThe FootballerHelophilus pendulus07/09/2016
    HoverfliesMelangyna cincta05/05/2006
    HoverfliesChequered HoverflyMelanostoma scalare05/05/2006
    HoverfliesRhingia campestris05/05/2006
    HoverfliesBog HoverflySericomyia silentis24/08/2020
    HoverfliesLong HoverflySphaerophoria scripta25/04/2008
    insect - true fly (Diptera)Eristalis pertinax13/08/2019
    LichensCladonia chlorophaea04/11/2019
    LichensCladonia coccifera agg.15/02/2013
    LichensCladonia coniocraea15/02/2013
    LichensCladonia macilenta15/02/2013
    LichensCladonia rangiformis04/11/2019
    LichensCladonia squamosa15/02/2013
    LichensMelanelixia fuliginosa15/02/2013
    LichensMelanelixia glabratula15/02/2013
    LichensParmelia saxatilis04/11/2019
    LichensPeltigera hymenina15/02/2013
    LichensRhizocarpon geographicum15/02/2013
    MammalsRoe DeerCapreolus capreolus05/05/2018
    MammalsMuntjacMuntiacus reevesi09/05/2018
    MammalsRabbitOryctolagus cuniculus08/05/2018
    MammalsGrey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis05/05/2018
    MammalsCommon ShrewSorex araneus15/09/2018
    MammalsRed FoxVulpes vulpes08/05/2018
    Mosses & LiverwortsBroom Fork-mossDicranum scoparium04/11/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsCommon Pocket-mossFissidens taxifolius06/03/2020
    Mosses & LiverwortsCypress-leaved Plait-mossHypnum cupressiforme04/11/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsAnomalous Bristle-mossOrthotrichum anomalum06/03/2020
    Mosses & LiverwortsRed-stemmed Feather-mossPleurozium schreberi15/02/2013
    Mosses & LiverwortsBank Haircap MossPolytrichum formosum15/10/2016
    Mosses & LiverwortsBristly HaircapPolytrichum piliferum15/02/2013
    Mosses & LiverwortsJagged GermanderwortRiccardia chamedryfolia30/01/2011
    Mosses & LiverwortsCommon Tamarisk-mossThuidium tamariscinum06/03/2020
    Mosses & LiverwortsWall Screw-mossTortula muralis04/11/2019
    Mosses & LiverwortsBruch's PincushionUlota bruchii15/02/2013
    MothsGreen Long-hornAdela reaumurella16/05/2019
    MothsThe ForesterAdscita statices11/06/2018
    MothsNettle-tapAnthophila fabriciana29/08/2015
    MothsYellow ShellCamptogramma bilineata17/07/2020
    MothsApple Leaf MinerLyonetia clerkella08/09/2020
    MothsChimney SweeperOdezia atrata22/06/2019
    MothsBrown Birch SlenderParornix betulae15/09/2018
    MothsRuby TigerPhragmatobia fuliginosa24/08/2020
    MothsBlack-spotted GroundlingPseudotelphusa scalella16/05/2019
    MothsStraw DotRivula sericealis29/08/2015
    MothsShaded Broad-barScotopteryx chenopodiata17/07/2020
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae11/06/2018
    MothsSix-Spot BurnetZygaena filipendulae17/07/2020
    ReptilesCommon LizardZootoca vivipara13/07/2020
    Slime MouldsStemonitis axifera08/09/2020
    Slugs & SnailsHedgehog SlugArion intermedius04/11/2019
    Slugs & SnailsColumella aspera15/10/2016
    Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum04/11/2019
    Slugs & SnailsGarlic SnailOxychilus alliarius04/11/2019
    SpidersFour-spotted Orb WeaverAraneus quadratus09/08/2020
    SpidersCnephalocotes obscurus09/08/2020
    SpidersCoelotes atropos05/05/2006
    SpidersInvisible SpiderDrapetisca socialis15/10/2016
    SpidersComb-footed SpiderEnoplognatha ovata09/08/2020
    SpidersPardosa saltans06/04/2007
    SpidersTurf Running-spiderPhilodromus cespitum25/04/2008
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis29/08/2015
    SpidersSitticus pubescens24/03/2011
    SpidersTrochosa terricola25/04/2008
    Springtails & BristletailsOrchesella villosa25/04/2008
    Springtails & BristletailsPogonognathellus longicornis15/09/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersNorway MapleAcer platanoides15/10/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula15/10/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDowny BirchBetula pubescens04/11/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersLingCalluna vulgaris17/07/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersDogwoodCornus sanguinea03/06/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHoneysuckleLonicera periclymenum15/09/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersScots PinePinus sylvestris15/10/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild CherryPrunus avium24/06/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur15/10/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersJapanese Rose agg.Rosa rugosa agg.03/06/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRowanSorbus aucuparia12/05/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus15/10/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWestern GorseUlex gallii09/05/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWayfaring-treeViburnum lantana30/08/2018
    WildflowersYellow-wortBlackstonia perfoliata26/09/2018
    WildflowersCuckooflowerCardamine pratensis12/05/2019
    WildflowersCommon CentauryCentaurium erythraea04/07/2018
    WildflowersRed ValerianCentranthus ruber26/09/2018
    WildflowersClimbing CorydalisCeratocapnos claviculata24/08/2020
    WildflowersEnchanter's-nightshadeCircaea lutetiana07/09/2016
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense03/07/2014
    WildflowersMarsh ThistleCirsium palustre03/07/2014
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare03/07/2014
    WildflowersCommon Spotted-orchidDactylorhiza fuchsii25/06/2020
    WildflowersFoxgloveDigitalis purpurea09/05/2018
    WildflowersBlue FleabaneErigeron acer26/09/2018
    WildflowersCommon WhitlowgrassErophila verna27/02/2019
    WildflowersHairy TareErvilla hirsuta15/10/2016
    WildflowersCommon Eyebright agg.Euphrasia officinalis agg.24/07/2020
    WildflowersCommon CudweedFilago vulgaris11/06/2018
    WildflowersWild StrawberryFragaria vesca09/05/2018
    WildflowersHedge BedstrawGalium album13/07/2020
    WildflowersHeath BedstrawGalium saxatile22/06/2019
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum07/09/2016
    WildflowersGround-ivyGlechoma hederacea05/05/2015
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides20/09/2013
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium14/04/2019
    WildflowersBluebellHyacinthoides non-scripta12/05/2019
    WildflowersSlender St John's-wortHypericum pulchrum25/06/2020
    WildflowersSquare-stalked St John's-wortHypericum tetrapterum07/09/2016
    WildflowersCommon Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata15/10/2016
    WildflowersIndian BalsamImpatiens glandulifera13/08/2019
    WildflowersPloughman's SpikenardInula conyzae16/07/2018
    WildflowersCommon RagwortJacobaea vulgaris04/07/2018
    WildflowersYellow ArchangelLamiastrum galeobdolon05/05/2015
    WildflowersGarden Yellow ArchangelLamiastrum galeobdolon subsp. argentatum14/04/2019
    WildflowersMeadow VetchlingLathyrus pratensis07/09/2016
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus07/09/2016
    WildflowersScarlet PimpernelLysimachia arvensis30/08/2018
    WildflowersRed BartsiaOdontites vernus14/08/2018
    WildflowersWood-sorrelOxalis acetosella23/04/2018
    WildflowersFox-and-cubsPilosella aurantiaca24/06/2020
    WildflowersMouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum04/11/2019
    WildflowersTormentilPotentilla erecta17/07/2020
    WildflowersSalad BurnetPoterium sanguisorba25/06/2020
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris30/08/2018
    WildflowersCommon FleabanePulicaria dysenterica29/08/2015
    WildflowersYellow-rattleRhinanthus minor12/05/2019
    WildflowersSheep's SorrelRumex acetosella22/06/2019
    WildflowersCommon FigwortScrophularia nodosa29/08/2015
    WildflowersBiting StonecropSedum acre27/02/2019
    WildflowersSticky GroundselSenecio viscosus16/07/2019
    WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica22/05/2018
    WildflowersPrickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper03/07/2014
    WildflowersSmooth Sow-thistleSonchus oleraceus29/08/2015
    WildflowersLesser StitchwortStellaria graminea29/08/2015
    WildflowersDevil's-bit ScabiousSuccisa pratensis30/08/2018
    WildflowersWood SageTeucrium scorodonia21/07/2018
    WildflowersUpright Hedge-parsleyTorilis japonica13/07/2020
    WildflowersGoat's-beardTragopogon pratensis03/06/2019
    WildflowersRed CloverTrifolium pratense15/10/2016
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens12/05/2019
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara27/02/2019
    WildflowersBilberryVaccinium myrtillus23/04/2018
    WildflowersGermander SpeedwellVeronica chamaedrys12/05/2019
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SpeedwellVeronica serpyllifolia12/05/2019
    WildflowersTufted VetchVicia cracca22/06/2019
    WildflowersBush VetchVicia sepium15/10/2016
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Shiny WoodlouseOniscus asellus25/04/2008
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum04/11/2019
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Rough WoodlousePorcellio scaber25/04/2008