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.

Wild places

Total species seen at this site: 55


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.

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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

Group Common Name Latin Name Last Seen
Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius27/06/2015
Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata17/04/2010
BeetlesNettle WeevilPhyllobius pomaceus21/07/2012
BeetlesCommon Red Soldier BeetleRhagonycha fulva21/07/2012
BeetlesRutpela maculata23/07/2017
BeetlesStenus providus21/07/2012
BeetlesTasgius melanarius17/04/2010
BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo14/02/2017
BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone14/02/2017
BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula14/02/2017
BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus14/02/2017
BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs14/02/2017
BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius14/02/2017
BirdsMagpiePica pica14/02/2017
BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula14/02/2017
BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus07/09/2016
BugsLeptopterna dolabrata21/07/2012
BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina07/09/2016
ButterfliesPeacockInachis io07/09/2016
ButterfliesSmall CopperLycaena phlaeas07/09/2016
ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina23/07/2017
ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria07/09/2016
ButterfliesCommaPolygonia c-album23/07/2017
ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus23/07/2017
ButterfliesSmall SkipperThymelicus sylvestris23/07/2017
ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta23/07/2017
Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea23/07/2017
Flies, Gnats and MidgesBlack-horned ClegHaematopota crassicornis21/07/2012
Flies, Gnats and MidgesYellow Dung FlyScathophaga stercoraria21/07/2012
Flies, Gnats and MidgesXyphosia miliaria21/07/2012