20 Acre Piece NR

    Wildlife Highlights

    It is a good site for insects and also supports an interesting flora, with Purple Moor-grass, Heath Spotted-orchid and Narrow Buckler Fern all present. Warblers breed in the scrubby woodland, including Whitethroat and Blackcap.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 104

    Description

    This 8 acre site at Six Hills is owned by the Duke of Somerset and is part of a large area of common land known as Burton Common. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and was, until 2010, managed as a reserve by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust. A public footpath runs through the middle of the site. It has a mosaic of grassland, scrub and woodland - standing on poorly drained acid soil.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Small HeathCoenonympha pamphilus23/05/2014David Nicholls
    Cock's-footDactylis glomerata23/05/2014David Nicholls
    GorseUlex europaeus23/05/2014David Nicholls
    Sweet Vernal-grassAnthoxanthum odoratum23/05/2014David Nicholls
    Silver-ground CarpetXanthorhoe montanata23/05/2014David Nicholls
    Yellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria23/05/2014David Nicholls
    Yorkshire-fogHolcus lanatus23/05/2014David Nicholls
    Prickly Sow-thistleSonchus asper23/05/2014David Nicholls
    Red-and-black FroghopperCercopis vulnerata23/05/2014David Nicholls
    Ragged-RobinSilene flos-cuculi23/05/2014David Nicholls
    Neriene montana23/05/2014David Nicholls
    Marsh ThistleCirsium palustre23/05/2014David Nicholls
    Lehmannia marginata23/05/2014David Nicholls
    Ground-elderAegopodium podagraria23/05/2014David Nicholls
    Epiphragma ocellare23/05/2014David Nicholls
    Getting There

    The site is located just off the A46 at Six Hills.