Hill Hole Quarry
Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary
The site is near to junction 22 of the M1 and on the north-west edge of Markfield.
Total species seen at this site: 176
This old granite quarry is now managed as a nature reserve. Part of the site is flooded and this is securely fenced off. It is one of the highest points in Leicestershire and offers good view across Markfield and towards Leicester. Its developed was funded by Leicestershire County Council FLAG and Shire Grants and National Forest tree planting grants.
The site has several wooded areas, including a some trees that have naturally colonised such as Mountain Ash and Downy Birch. The sparce, acid soils offer good habitat for heathland plants such as Gorse and Heath Bedstraw. There is a good variety of insects including several butterfly species such as Large Skipper and Speckled Wood.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Yarrow||Achillea millefolium||28/09/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Common Knapweed||Centaurea nigra||28/09/2020||Melinda Bell|
|The Footballer||Helophilus pendulus||28/09/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Gorse||Ulex europaeus||28/09/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Harebell||Campanula rotundifolia||28/09/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Mugwort||Artemisia vulgaris||28/09/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Mouse-ear-hawkweed||Pilosella officinarum||28/09/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Polypody agg.||Polypodium vulgare agg.||28/09/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Red Campion||Silene dioica||28/09/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Bedeguar Gall Wasp||Diplolepis rosae||28/09/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Sheep's Sorrel||Rumex acetosella||28/09/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Spangle Gall Wasp||Neuroterus quercusbaccarum||28/09/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Wood Sage||Teucrium scorodonia||28/09/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Trypeta artemisiae||28/09/2020||Melinda Bell|
|Cow Parsley||Anthriscus sylvestris||28/09/2020||Melinda Bell|