Billa Barra, Markfield

    Wildlife Highlights

    The hill top is ecologically interesting, with areas of acid grassland and an old conifer plantation.  The pools in the abandoned quarry support a variety of species, including a rare lichen, only found at one other site in Leicestershire.  The improved grassland on the slopes of the hill below the gorse scrub line are being planted with native broadleaved trees which will be used as local provenance seed stock. The site is a good area for warblers, particularly around the gorse areas.

    Further Information
    Getting There

    Billa Barra Hill is situated within the north of the borough and can be accessed off Junction 22 of the M1 motorway. The main access point is at the western edge of the site at Billa Barra Lane (opposite the Miners Welfare Club). Another access point is located at the southern boundary on Billa Barra Lane. A third access point can be found on Stanton Lane. Vehicular access is restricted to the south end corner of the site where there is a car park on Billa Barra Lane.

    Managed By
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 149

    Description

    This 20 hectare local nature reserve, located in the north of the borough of Hinckley and Bosworth, consists of a variety of habitats including acid grassland, which is ecologically significant at a local level. Additionally, there are a number of rocky outcrops of Markfieldite, making the hill a regionally important geological site. The site consists of formerly improved pasture, surrounding a small hilltop plantation, dating from the late 1800's/early 1900's, and a small quarry.

    Billa Barra

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    WallLasiommata megera23/05/2019Eliot Taylor
    Meadow BrownManiola jurtina05/08/2018AJ Cann
    GatekeeperPyronia tithonus05/08/2018AJ Cann
    Small CopperLycaena phlaeas05/08/2018AJ Cann
    Common Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus05/08/2018AJ Cann
    Straw DotRivula sericealis05/08/2018AJ Cann
    Silver YAutographa gamma05/08/2018AJ Cann
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria05/08/2018AJ Cann
    AshFraxinus excelsior17/06/2018AJ Cann
    BlackbirdTurdus merula17/06/2018AJ Cann
    Bramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.17/06/2018AJ Cann
    BullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula17/06/2018AJ Cann
    BuzzardButeo buteo17/06/2018AJ Cann
    ChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita17/06/2018AJ Cann
    Chimney SweeperOdezia atrata17/06/2018AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusNostoc commune28/01/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAmblyteles armatorius17/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari28/01/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius27/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsIchneumon confusor28/01/2018
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata17/06/2018
    BeetlesOedemera lurida17/06/2018
    BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva21/07/2012
    BeetlesRutpela maculata23/07/2017
    BeetlesTasgius melanarius17/04/2010
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo13/05/2018
    BirdsWood PigeonColumba palumbus17/06/2018
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone14/02/2017
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus28/01/2018
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula17/06/2018
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus14/02/2017
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs28/01/2018
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius14/02/2017
    BirdsGreat TitParus major28/01/2018
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita17/06/2018
    BirdsWillow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus13/05/2018
    BirdsMagpiePica pica17/06/2018
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula17/06/2018
    BirdsWhitethroatSylvia communis13/05/2018
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes17/06/2018
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula14/02/2017
    BugsRed-and-black FroghopperCercopis vulnerata17/06/2018
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus07/09/2016
    BugsLeptopterna dolabrata21/07/2012
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina07/09/2016