Croft Hill

    Wildlife Highlights

    Peregrine Falcon has been noted at this site and there have been rare sightings such as Greenland Wheatear, whilst Buzzard and Kestrel are regulars. The Gorse along the slopes is rich in insect life including the Gorse Shieldbug and Adonis Ladybird, whilst the wetter areas below the hill are populated by dragonflies and caddis flies including the Red-eyed Damselfly which has been recorded at the site. Several of the less common moths and butterflies occur there and a good mix of wild flowers including an unusually large area of the plant Spring Beauty which is local in distribution as a wild flower in our area.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 447

    Latest News

    Croft Hill - Where the Ravens Soar - a lovely feature on the site from Gavin Gamble on his blog.


    Croft Hill stands 128m high in a largely flat area of Leicestershire. The Hill provides a number of habitats including broad-leaved woodland, scrub land, acidic grassland and two other distinct areas of grassland. The site has been a SSSI since 1956 and forms a natural focus of the passage of spring and autumn birds.  It has a good system of paths.  For those who are not energetic enough to tale the steps to the top of the hill, there are pleasant walks on well made paths around the base.  These include boarded walks in damper areas and a jetty the protrudes out into the lake allowing a chance to look into the shallow water near the edges.  Parking is available in various places but is limited.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Common ToadBufo bufo17/04/2019Richard Jeffery
    Notaris scirpi24/03/2019Mark Skevington
    Mute SwanCygnus olor02/12/2018Paul Harmer
    Anelosimus vittatus13/10/2018AJ Cann
    Common Drone FlyEristalis tenax17/08/2018egaten
    Syrphus ribesii17/08/2018egaten
    Eristalis arbustorum17/08/2018egaten
    Myathropa florea17/08/2018egaten
    Green-veined WhitePieris napi17/08/2018egaten
    Common DarterSympetrum striolatum17/08/2018egaten
    ChubSqualius cephalus17/08/2018egaten
    BuzzardButeo buteo17/08/2018egaten
    Ruddy DarterSympetrum sanguineum17/08/2018egaten
    Common DarterSympetrum striolatum05/08/2018irturner
    Southern HawkerAeshna cyanea05/08/2018irturner
    Getting There

    The base of the hill runs beside the road that links Croft and Huncote and there are access points at various places along this road.  It is fairly easy to reach using either the B4114 and access via the village of Croft or the M69 junction 2 if that is more convenient.

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo17/04/2019
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris01/04/2014
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria19/06/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria15/04/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena praecox16/04/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix06/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus grossulariae06/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari06/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis28/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius16/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.16/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae17/07/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsIchneumon sarcitorius17/07/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Spangle GallNeuroterus albipes30/09/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis02/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum02/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Nomad BeeNomada flavoguttata14/05/2017
    BeetlesAgonum thoreyi30/03/2015
    BeetlesCommon Sun BeetleAmara aenea28/03/2011
    BeetlesWater LadybirdAnisosticta novemdecimpunctata30/03/2015
    BeetlesCantharis nigricans22/05/2015
    BeetlesCantharis rustica31/05/2003
    BeetlesCantharis thoracica17/07/2014
    BeetlesChrysolina hyperici10/06/2012
    BeetlesFigwort WeevilCionus scrophulariae22/05/2015
    BeetlesWasp BeetleClytus arietis12/05/2011
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata12/04/2017
    BeetlesCryptocephalus moraei20/06/2012
    BeetlesDorytomus tortrix29/09/2011
    BeetlesGorse WeevilExapion ulicis09/05/2011