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: 476

    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
    Broom Seed BeetleBruchidius villosus20/05/2019Graham Calow
    14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata20/05/2019Graham Calow
    Cixius nervosus20/05/2019Graham Calow
    Rhopalus subrufus20/05/2019Graham Calow
    European ChinchbugIschnodemus sabuleti20/05/2019Graham Calow
    Parent BugElasmucha grisea20/05/2019Graham Calow
    Slender GroundhopperTetrix subulata20/05/2019Graham Calow
    Wasp BeetleClytus arietis20/05/2019Graham Calow
    Swollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis20/05/2019Graham Calow
    Walnut Orb WeaverNuctenea umbratica20/05/2019Graham Calow
    Melampsora caprearum20/05/2019Graham Calow
    Polydrusus cervinus20/05/2019Graham Calow
    Helophorus aequalis20/05/2019Graham Calow
    Raspberry BeetleByturus tomentosus20/05/2019Graham Calow
    Cabbage Seed WeevilCeutorhynchus obstrictus20/05/2019Graham Calow
    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 bufo16/04/2013
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris01/04/2014
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria03/08/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria15/04/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGirdled Mining BeeAndrena labiata21/04/2019
    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 kollari02/09/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis28/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes13/05/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius16/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsWhite-tailed Bumble BeeBombus lucorum agg.16/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris10/05/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae17/07/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsIchneumon sarcitorius10/09/2015
    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
    Bees, Wasps, AntsMarsham's Nomad BeeNomada marshamella14/05/2019
    BeetlesAgonum thoreyi30/03/2015
    BeetlesCommon Sun BeetleAmara aenea28/03/2011
    BeetlesWater LadybirdAnisosticta novemdecimpunctata30/03/2015
    BeetlesBroom Seed BeetleBruchidius villosus20/05/2019
    BeetlesRaspberry BeetleByturus tomentosus20/05/2019
    BeetlesCantharis nigricans12/05/2011
    BeetlesCantharis rustica31/05/2003
    BeetlesCantharis thoracica17/07/2014
    BeetlesCabbage Seed WeevilCeutorhynchus obstrictus20/05/2019