Billa Barra Hill Nature Reserve LNR
Designated site name: Billa Barra Hill Nature Reserve LNR   View map
LNR Type: Urban Fringe Type:  Both
County: LEICESTERSHIRE Natural England Area Team: East Midlands (LNR)
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Date of Declaration: 28/10/1999 Declaring Authority: Hinckley And Bosworth Borough Council
Area (Ha): 20.67 Grid Reference: SK 466 114
Owned By:  Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council Managed By:  Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
Location: Billa Barra Lane, Stanton under Bardon, Leicestershire, LE67 9TA
How to get there: Please check how to get to the LNR e.g. Using Traveline Traveline website or phone 0871 200 22 33 (chargeable call)

By car - from Leicester/M1 leave Leicester on the A50 to Coalville. At M1 roundabout, or leaving the M1 Junction 22, take A511 to Coalville. At next roundabout take first exit for Stanton Under Bardon (Stanton Lane), after about 3/4 mile turn right into Billa Barra Lane. Car park is 20 m on right.
From Coalville - go towards Leicester on A511. At signal controlled roundabout signposted for Copt Oak (just past BP petrol station) take third exit for Stanton Under Bardon (Stanton Lane). After about 3/4 mile turn into Billa Barra Lane and car is 20m on right.

By bus - bus number 118 runs along Shaw Lane (immediately north of the site) between Leicester/Markfield and Coalville, hourly Mon - Sat (Tel 0870 608 2608).

Visitor facilities: We advise you to check information about the current visitor facilities before you go to the LNR e.g. through the local authority or managing body's website.

What to see: The lower slopes have been planted with a mix of locally sourced trees typical of this type of acidic soil. The planting has been done over a period of time to give a varied age structure. The top of the hill was quarried exposing rock surfaces in the quarry hole. This area is a Regionaly Important Geological Site (RIGS). A range of mosses and lichens grow on the rock surfaces. The rest of the site is acid grassland recovering from improved grassland and as nutrient levels reduce the flora becomes more diverse.

Volunteer and 'Friends': For information about volunteering and 'Friends' groups, please contact the manager and see teh local authority or managing body's website.
Contact the local authority or owner of the LNR for further information - e.g. through the Local authority website.

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