Hill Hole Quarry
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.
Total species seen at this site: 165
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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Lesser Marsh Grasshopper||Chorthippus albomarginatus||22/07/2018||sue|
|Red Admiral||Vanessa atalanta||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|Peacock||Aglais io||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|Gatekeeper||Pyronia tithonus||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|Speckled Wood||Pararge aegeria||25/08/2017||Steve Mathers|
|Robin||Erithacus rubecula||04/03/2017||G D McPhail|
|Blue Tit||Cyanistes caeruleus||04/03/2017||G D McPhail|
|Buzzard||Buteo buteo||04/03/2017||G D McPhail|
|Blackbird||Turdus merula||04/03/2017||G D McPhail|
|Goldfinch||Carduelis carduelis||04/03/2017||G D McPhail|
|Great Tit||Parus major||04/03/2017||G D McPhail|
|Chaffinch||Fringilla coelebs||04/03/2017||G D McPhail|
|Black Witches Butter||Exidia glandulosa||04/03/2017||G D McPhail|
|Broom||Cytisus scoparius||14/02/2017||Steve Mathers|
The site is near to junction 22 of the M1 and on the north-west edge of Markfield.