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: 249


    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
    TreecreeperCerthia familiaris16/07/2019Melinda Bell
    BlackcapSylvia atricapilla16/07/2019Melinda Bell
    Sticky GroundselSenecio viscosus16/07/2019Melinda Bell
    Rutpela maculata22/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Tree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum22/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Heath BedstrawGalium saxatile22/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Sheep's SorrelRumex acetosella22/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Wood SageTeucrium scorodonia22/06/2019Melinda Bell
    HoneysuckleLonicera periclymenum22/06/2019Melinda Bell
    The ForesterAdscita statices22/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Chimney SweeperOdezia atrata22/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Tufted VetchVicia cracca22/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Painted LadyVanessa cardui22/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Common Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus03/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Common Spotted-orchidDactylorhiza fuchsii03/06/2019Melinda Bell
    Further Information

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo24/03/2011
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria25/04/2008
    Barklice & BookliceValenzuela flavidus15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena scotica27/02/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix14/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari20/09/2013
    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 hypnorum12/05/2019
    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 septempunctata16/05/2019
    BeetlesGlischrochilus hortensis20/09/2013
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata12/05/2006