Billa Barra, Markfield

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

    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: 153

    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

    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

    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 septempunctata28/01/2018
    BeetlesGorse WeevilExapion ulicis30/08/2020
    BeetlesOedemera lurida17/06/2018
    BeetlesLesser Thorn-tipped Longhorn BeetlePogonocherus hispidus08/02/2020
    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 coelebs14/02/2017
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius13/05/2018
    BirdsGreat TitParus major28/01/2018
    BirdsChiffchaffPhylloscopus collybita17/06/2018
    BirdsWillow WarblerPhylloscopus trochilus13/05/2018
    BirdsMagpiePica pica28/01/2018
    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
    BugsGorse LacebugDictyonota strichnocera30/08/2020
    BugsLeptopterna dolabrata21/07/2012
    BugsCommon Green CapsidLygocoris pabulinus17/06/2018
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina07/09/2016
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io07/09/2016
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines13/05/2018
    ButterfliesWallLasiommata megera23/05/2019
    ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas07/09/2016
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina23/07/2017
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus17/06/2018
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria05/08/2018
    ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album23/07/2017
    ButterfliesCommon Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus05/08/2018
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus23/07/2017
    ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris23/07/2017
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta23/07/2017
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesSt Mark's FlyBibio marci13/05/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea23/07/2017
    Ferns & HorsetailsBrackenPteridium aquilinum28/01/2018
    FliesBroad CenturianChloromyia formosa17/06/2018
    FliesBlack-horned ClegHaematopota crassicornis21/07/2012
    FliesYellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria21/07/2012
    FliesXyphosia miliaria21/07/2012
    FungiJelly Ear FungusAuricularia auricula-judae28/01/2018
    FungiCommon JellyspotDacrymyces stillatus28/01/2018
    FungiBeech WoodwartHypoxylon fragiforme14/02/2017
    FungiJunghuhnia nitida28/01/2018
    FungiThe DeceiverLaccaria laccata28/01/2018
    FungiViolet Bramble RustPhragmidium violaceum28/01/2018
    FungiBracken MapRhopographus filicinus28/01/2018
    FungiHairy Curtain CrustStereum hirsutum28/01/2018
    FungiHolly SpeckleTrochila ilicina28/01/2018
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon03/12/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Soft-bromeBromus hordeaceus subsp. hordeaceus17/06/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCrested Dog's-tailCynosurus cristatus17/06/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCock's-footDactylis glomerata17/06/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesYorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus17/06/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesTimothyPhleum pratense21/07/2012
    Grasshoppers & CricketsMeadow GrasshopperChorthippus parallelus23/07/2017
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Green GrasshopperOmocestus viridulus21/07/2012
    HoverfliesCheilosia illustrata17/06/2018
    HoverfliesMarmalade HoverflyEpisyrphus balteatus17/06/2018
    HoverfliesTapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax17/06/2018
    HoverfliesCommon Drone FlyEristalis tenax21/07/2012
    HoverfliesLeucozona lucorum17/06/2018
    LichensLecidella elaeochroma28/01/2018
    LichensHammered Shield LichenParmelia sulcata28/01/2018
    LichensXanthoria parietina28/01/2018
    LichensXanthoria polycarpa13/05/2018
    MammalsMoleTalpa europaea14/02/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsTrombidiidae sp.21/07/2012
    Mosses & LiverwortsGrey-cushioned GrimmiaGrimmia pulvinata28/01/2018
    Mosses & LiverwortsBristly HaircapPolytrichum piliferum28/01/2018
    Mosses & LiverwortsNeat Feather-mossPseudoscleropodium purum28/01/2018
    Mosses & LiverwortsCiliated FringewortPtilidium ciliare14/02/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsSpringy Turf-mossRhytidiadelphus squarrosus28/01/2018
    MothsSilver YAutographa gamma23/07/2017
    MothsThe SnoutHypena proboscidalis17/06/2018
    MothsChimney SweeperOdezia atrata17/06/2018
    MothsStraw DotRivula sericealis05/08/2018
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae21/07/2012
    Slugs & SnailsWhite-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis07/09/2016
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis17/06/2018
    SpidersGarden SpiderAraneus diadematus07/09/2016
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis28/01/2018
    SpidersTextrix denticulata17/04/2010
    Springtails & BristletailsDeuterosminthurus pallipes17/06/2018
    Springtails & BristletailsLepidocyrtus lignorum28/01/2018
    Springtails & BristletailsPogonognathellus longicornis28/01/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre17/06/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus17/06/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa28/01/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula28/01/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHazelCorylus avellana14/02/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna28/01/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBroomCytisus scoparius28/01/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBeechFagus sylvatica28/01/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior28/01/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium28/01/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHoneysuckleLonicera periclymenum23/07/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersScots PinePinus sylvestris28/01/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa28/01/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersPedunculate OakQuercus robur17/06/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.28/01/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra17/06/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRowanSorbus aucuparia17/06/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus28/01/2018
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis28/01/2018
    WildflowersRosebay WillowherbChamerion angustifolium21/07/2012
    WildflowersCreeping ThistleCirsium arvense17/06/2018
    WildflowersMarsh ThistleCirsium palustre17/06/2018
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare17/06/2018
    WildflowersPignutConopodium majus17/06/2018
    WildflowersCommon Spotted-orchidDactylorhiza fuchsii17/06/2018
    WildflowersFoxgloveDigitalis purpurea17/06/2018
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine17/06/2018
    WildflowersHeath BedstrawGalium saxatile17/06/2018
    WildflowersLady's BedstrawGalium verum21/07/2012
    WildflowersCut-leaved Crane's-billGeranium dissectum17/06/2018
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides07/09/2016
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium17/06/2018
    WildflowersRed Dead-nettleLamium purpureum28/01/2018
    WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare17/06/2018
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus21/07/2012
    WildflowersCultivated Daffodil agg.Narcissus14/02/2017
    WildflowersGreen AlkanetPentaglottis sempervirens17/06/2018
    WildflowersRedshankPersicaria maculosa07/09/2016
    WildflowersMouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum17/06/2018
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata28/01/2018
    WildflowersSelfhealPrunella vulgaris17/06/2018
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa13/05/2018
    WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica17/06/2018
    WildflowersHedge MustardSisymbrium officinale17/06/2018
    WildflowersSmooth Sow-thistleSonchus oleraceus17/06/2018
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica07/09/2016
    WildflowersBog StitchwortStellaria alsine17/06/2018
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media28/01/2018
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.17/06/2018
    WildflowersLesser TrefoilTrifolium dubium17/06/2018
    WildflowersRed CloverTrifolium pratense17/06/2018
    WildflowersWhite CloverTrifolium repens17/06/2018
    WildflowersGermander SpeedwellVeronica chamaedrys17/06/2018
    WildflowersHeath SpeedwellVeronica officinalis17/06/2018