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: 204


    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
    Blue FleabaneErigeron acer26/09/2018Melinda Bell
    Yellow-wortBlackstonia perfoliata26/09/2018Melinda Bell
    Red ValerianCentranthus ruber26/09/2018Melinda Bell
    Mouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum26/09/2018Melinda Bell
    Brown Birch BoleteLeccinum scabrum26/09/2018Melinda Bell
    Shaggy ParasolChlorophyllum rhacodes15/09/2018Melinda Bell
    Birch PolyporePiptoporus betulinus15/09/2018Melinda Bell
    Bay BoleteBoletus badius15/09/2018Melinda Bell
    Common ShrewSorex araneus15/09/2018Melinda Bell
    HoneysuckleLonicera periclymenum15/09/2018Melinda Bell
    Pogonognathellus longicornis15/09/2018sue
    Artichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix15/09/2018sue
    Knopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis15/09/2018sue
    Spangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum15/09/2018sue
    Valenzuela flavidus15/09/2018sue
    Further Information

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata12/05/2006
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata15/10/2016
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata12/05/2006
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix14/08/2018
    Centipedes & MillipedesBanded CentipedeLithobius variegatus25/04/2008
    Mosses & LiverwortsBank Haircap MossPolytrichum formosum15/02/2013
    FungiBay BoleteBoletus badius15/09/2018
    WildflowersBilberryVaccinium myrtillus23/04/2018
    FungiBirch PolyporePiptoporus betulinus15/09/2018
    BugsBirch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus15/10/2016
    Ferns & HorsetailsBlack SpleenwortAsplenium adiantum-nigrum15/10/2016
    FungiBlackening WaxcapHygrocybe conica15/10/2016
    WildflowersBlue FleabaneErigeron acer26/09/2018
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus03/07/2014
    Ferns & HorsetailsBrackenPteridium aquilinum03/07/2014
    Mosses & LiverwortsBristly HaircapPolytrichum piliferum15/02/2013
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides20/09/2013
    ButterfliesBrown ArgusAricia agestis01/08/2018
    FungiBrown Birch BoleteLeccinum scabrum26/09/2018
    Mosses & LiverwortsBruch's PincushionUlota bruchii15/02/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris25/04/2008
    WildflowersBush VetchVicia sepium15/10/2016
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo15/10/2016
    HoverfliesChequered HoverflyMelanostoma scalare05/05/2006
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita03/07/2014
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae29/08/2015
    WildflowersClimbing CorydalisCeratocapnos claviculata03/07/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola15/10/2016
    WildflowersColt's-footTussilago farfara24/03/2011
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album29/08/2015