Bardon Hill

    Wildlife Highlights

    The trees near the summit attract Tree Pipits in summer and the area is one of the best spots for seeing passing migrants, such as Ring Ouzels in spring. Raptors such as Buzzard and Peregrine can often be seen circling the higher areas. There is a good invertebrate diversity, including a few rarities

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 189


    Bardon Hill, near Coalville, is the highest point in Leicestershire, 278 metres (912 feet) above sea level. The hill has two very distinct faces – one half preserved as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the other removed by Bardon Hill Quarry. It is also the site of a radio mast. Though it is the highest point in Leicestershire, it is easy to get to the top and the summit offers tremendous views across the county plus a dramatic vista over the adjacent quarry. The rocky outcrops at the summit are surrounded by overgrown heathland, which is being restored.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Artichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix14/08/2018Melinda Bell
    Brown ArgusAricia agestis01/08/2018Melinda Bell
    Dock BugCoreus marginatus01/08/2018Melinda Bell
    Sticky GroundselSenecio viscosus01/08/2018Melinda Bell
    Common Eyebright agg.Euphrasia officinalis agg.01/08/2018Melinda Bell
    Purple HairstreakFavonius quercus01/08/2018Melinda Bell
    Knopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis01/08/2018Melinda Bell
    WallLasiommata megera21/07/2018irturner
    GatekeeperPyronia tithonus21/07/2018irturner
    Wood SageTeucrium scorodonia21/07/2018irturner
    Silver-washed FritillaryArgynnis paphia16/07/2018Melinda Bell
    Ploughman's SpikenardInula conyzae16/07/2018Melinda Bell
    Upright Hedge-parsleyTorilis japonica16/07/2018Melinda Bell
    Purple HairstreakFavonius quercus16/07/2018Melinda Bell
    Common CentauryCentaurium erythraea04/07/2018Melinda Bell
    Further Information

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo24/03/2011
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria20/09/2013
    Barklice & BookliceValenzuela flavidus15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix20/09/2013
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis01/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum03/07/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBuff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris25/04/2008
    Bees, Wasps, AntsPea GallCynips divisa15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree WaspDolichovespula sylvestris25/04/2008
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNegro AntFormica fusca15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsIchneumon extensorius02/01/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsMyrmica ruginodis24/03/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmooth Spangle GallNeuroterus albipes15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSilk Button Gall WaspNeuroterus numismalis15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum15/10/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHornetVespa crabro11/06/2018
    BeetlesGolden-bloomed Grey LonghornAgapanthia villosoviridescens06/06/2018
    BeetlesAnotylus rugosus24/03/2011
    BeetlesApion haematodes24/03/2011
    BeetlesCarabus problematicus25/04/2008
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata12/05/2006
    BeetlesGlischrochilus hortensis20/09/2013
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata12/05/2006
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata15/10/2016
    BeetlesPea-leaf WeevilSitona lineatus24/03/2011
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus20/09/2013
    BirdsSkylarkAlauda arvensis23/04/2018
    BirdsMeadow PipitAnthus pratensis29/04/2005