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: 93


    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

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    AlderAlnus glutinosa28/01/2018AJ Cann
    AshFraxinus excelsior28/01/2018AJ Cann
    BeechFagus sylvatica28/01/2018AJ Cann
    BlackbirdTurdus merula28/01/2018AJ Cann
    BlackthornPrunus spinosa28/01/2018AJ Cann
    Blue TitCyanistes caeruleus28/01/2018AJ Cann
    BrackenPteridium aquilinum28/01/2018AJ Cann
    Bramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.28/01/2018AJ Cann
    BroomCytisus scoparius28/01/2018AJ Cann
    BuzzardButeo buteo28/01/2018AJ Cann
    ChaffinchFringilla coelebs28/01/2018AJ Cann
    DaisyBellis perennis28/01/2018AJ Cann
    ElderSambucus nigra28/01/2018AJ Cann
    Great TitParus major28/01/2018AJ Cann
    HawthornCrataegus monogyna28/01/2018AJ Cann
    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
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusNostoc commune28/01/2018
    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 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 buteo28/01/2018
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone14/02/2017
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus28/01/2018
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula28/01/2018
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus14/02/2017
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs28/01/2018
    BirdsJayGarrulus glandarius14/02/2017
    BirdsGreat TitParus major28/01/2018
    BirdsMagpiePica pica14/02/2017
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula28/01/2018
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus07/09/2016
    BugsLeptopterna dolabrata21/07/2012
    BugsGreen ShieldbugPalomena prasina07/09/2016
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais 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