Hill Hole Quarry

    Selected Wild Place / Other Wild Places / Public Rights of Way / VC55 boundary

    Getting There

    The site is near to junction 22 of the M1 and on the north-west edge of Markfield.

    Managed By
    Hinckley and Bosworth District Council
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 176

    Description

    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.

    Wildlife Highlights

    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.


    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo21/05/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari14/02/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera11/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsField Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus campestris27/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum11/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius02/06/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum11/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly BumblebeeBombus pratorum11/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris07/09/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis11/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae27/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFormica lemani17/05/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger17/05/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsLindenius albilabris23/07/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSpangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum28/09/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNomada lathburiana13/05/2019
    BeetlesApion rubens27/05/2016
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis02/06/2011
    BeetlesRaspberry BeetleByturus tomentosus02/06/2011
    BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata02/06/2011
    BeetlesCantharis rustica02/06/2011
    BeetlesThistle Tortoise BeetleCassida rubiginosa27/05/2016
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata07/09/2016
    BeetlesGorse WeevilExapion ulicis27/05/2016
    BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula27/05/2016
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis27/05/2016
    BeetlesNeliocarus nebulosus02/06/2011
    BeetlesOedemera lurida02/06/2011
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis11/06/2015
    BeetlesPea-leaf WeevilSitona lineatus02/06/2011
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo04/03/2017
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis04/03/2017
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone14/02/2017
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus14/02/2017
    BirdsRobinErithacus rubecula14/02/2017
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs04/03/2017
    BirdsGreat TitParus major04/03/2017
    BirdsMagpiePica pica14/02/2017
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis07/09/2016
    BirdsDunnockPrunella modularis04/07/2015
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula14/02/2017
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes04/07/2015
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula04/03/2017
    BirdsMistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus27/05/2016
    BugsDock BugCoreus marginatus27/05/2016
    BugsSloe BugDolycoris baccarum02/06/2011
    BugsSycamore AphidDrepanosiphum platanoidis02/06/2011
    BugsGorse ShieldbugPiezodorus lituratus13/05/2019
    BugsPsallus varians02/06/2011
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io21/05/2012
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines21/05/2012
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus04/07/2015
    ButterfliesSmall HeathCoenonympha pamphilus04/07/2015
    ButterfliesWallLasiommata megera05/08/2018
    ButterfliesMeadow BrownManiola jurtina04/07/2015
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus02/06/2011
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria07/09/2016
    ButterfliesGatekeeperPyronia tithonus25/08/2017
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta25/08/2017
    ButterfliesPainted LadyVanessa cardui04/07/2015
    Ferns & HorsetailsPolypody agg.Polypodium vulgare agg.28/09/2020
    FliesCommon Red-legged RobberflyDioctria rufipes02/06/2011
    FliesTachina fera28/09/2020
    FliesThelaira nigripes02/06/2011
    FliesTrypeta artemisiae28/09/2020
    FungiSt George's MushroomCalocybe gambosa27/05/2016
    FungiBlack Witches ButterExidia glandulosa04/03/2017
    FungiRose RustPhragmidium mucronatum27/05/2016
    FungiStereum rameale14/02/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSweet Vernal-grassAnthoxanthum odoratum27/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Soft-bromeBromus hordeaceus subsp. hordeaceus27/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCrested Dog's-tailCynosurus cristatus27/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesRed FescueFestuca rubra27/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesJointed RushJuncus articulatus07/09/2016
    Grasshoppers & CricketsLesser Marsh GrasshopperChorthippus albomarginatus22/07/2018
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Green GrasshopperOmocestus viridulus02/06/2011
    Grasshoppers & CricketsSlender GroundhopperTetrix subulata13/05/2019
    HoverfliesThe FootballerHelophilus pendulus28/09/2020
    HoverfliesNarcissus Bulb FlyMerodon equestris02/06/2011
    HoverfliesPellucid FlyVolucella pellucens02/06/2011
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesChrysopa perla02/06/2011
    MammalsRabbitOryctolagus cuniculus11/06/2015
    Mosses & LiverwortsCapillary Thread-mossBryum capillare14/02/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsRedshank MossCeratodon purpureus14/02/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsGrey-cushioned GrimmiaGrimmia pulvinata14/02/2017
    MothsNettle-tapAnthophila fabriciana28/09/2020
    MothsMeadow Long-hornCauchas rufimitrella13/05/2019
    MothsGrey Gorse PiercerCydia ulicetana27/05/2016
    MothsCommon Oak PurpleDyseriocrania subpurpurella13/05/2019
    MothsLarge Birch PurpleEriocrania sangii13/05/2019
    MothsMother ShiptonEuclidia mi11/06/2015
    MothsPlum TortrixHedya pruniana02/06/2011
    MothsWhite-barred GoldMicropterix aruncella02/06/2011
    MothsPlain GoldMicropterix calthella02/06/2011
    MothsLittle CosmetMompha raschkiella02/06/2011
    MothsBrown Silver-linePetrophora chlorosata13/05/2019
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae02/06/2011
    SawfliesBramble SawflyArge cyanocrocea27/05/2016
    SawfliesRhogogaster viridis02/06/2011
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus27/05/2016
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis02/06/2011
    Slugs & SnailsDwarf Pond SnailGalba truncatula27/05/2016
    Slugs & SnailsLeopard SlugLimax maximus27/05/2016
    Slugs & SnailsKentish Garden SnailMonacha cantiana27/05/2016
    SpidersCucumber Green Orb SpiderAraniella cucurbitina sensu lato11/06/2015
    SpidersPhilodromus dispar26/05/2016
    SpidersNursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis02/06/2011
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula11/06/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna27/05/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBroomCytisus scoparius02/06/2011
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGarden PrivetLigustrum ovalifolium11/06/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.27/05/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra27/05/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersRowanSorbus aucuparia11/06/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersYewTaxus baccata11/06/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGorseUlex europaeus14/02/2017
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium07/09/2016
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris28/09/2020
    WildflowersParsley-piertAphanes arvensis27/05/2016
    WildflowersMugwortArtemisia vulgaris02/06/2011
    WildflowersWhite BryonyBryonia dioica07/09/2016
    WildflowersHarebellCampanula rotundifolia28/09/2020
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra28/09/2020
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum27/05/2016
    WildflowersClimbing CorydalisCeratocapnos claviculata23/05/2014
    WildflowersSpear ThistleCirsium vulgare02/06/2011
    WildflowersPignutConopodium majus11/06/2015
    WildflowersFoxgloveDigitalis purpurea02/06/2011
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum02/06/2011
    WildflowersCommon WhitlowgrassErophila verna27/05/2016
    WildflowersHairy TareErvilla hirsuta27/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon FumitoryFumaria officinalis27/05/2016
    WildflowersHeath BedstrawGalium saxatile23/05/2014
    WildflowersDove's-foot Crane's-billGeranium molle27/05/2016
    WildflowersHedgerow Crane's-billGeranium pyrenaicum02/06/2011
    WildflowersHerb-RobertGeranium robertianum07/09/2016
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum02/06/2011
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium02/06/2011
    WildflowersSquare-stalked St John's-wortHypericum tetrapterum27/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata27/05/2016
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album02/06/2011
    WildflowersRed Dead-nettleLamium purpureum14/02/2017
    WildflowersOxeye DaisyLeucanthemum vulgare11/06/2015
    WildflowersFairy FlaxLinum catharticum23/05/2014
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus27/05/2016
    WildflowersCreeping-JennyLysimachia nummularia27/05/2016
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina02/06/2011
    WildflowersUpright ChickweedMoenchia erecta27/05/2016
    WildflowersField Forget-me-notMyosotis arvensis02/06/2011
    WildflowersWood Forget-me-notMyosotis sylvatica11/06/2015
    WildflowersAtlas Poppy agg.Papaver atlanticum27/05/2016
    WildflowersGreen AlkanetPentaglottis sempervirens11/06/2015
    WildflowersWater-pepperPersicaria hydropiper07/09/2016
    WildflowersReflexed StonecropPetrosedum rupestre14/02/2017
    WildflowersMouse-ear-hawkweedPilosella officinarum28/09/2020
    WildflowersRibwort PlantainPlantago lanceolata07/09/2016
    WildflowersMeadow ButtercupRanunculus acris11/06/2015
    WildflowersCommon SorrelRumex acetosa27/05/2016
    WildflowersSheep's SorrelRumex acetosella17/05/2020
    WildflowersCurled DockRumex crispus27/05/2016
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius11/06/2015
    WildflowersProcumbent PearlwortSagina procumbens27/05/2016
    WildflowersHeath GroundselSenecio sylvaticus02/06/2011
    WildflowersRed CampionSilene dioica28/09/2020
    WildflowersLamb's-earStachys byzantina11/06/2015
    WildflowersHedge WoundwortStachys sylvatica02/06/2011
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media07/09/2016
    WildflowersRussian Comfrey agg.Symphytum officinale x asperum = S. x uplandicum27/05/2016
    WildflowersDandelion agg.Taraxacum officinale agg.27/05/2016
    WildflowersWood SageTeucrium scorodonia27/05/2016
    WildflowersLesser TrefoilTrifolium dubium27/05/2016
    WildflowersRed CloverTrifolium pratense27/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica11/06/2015
    WildflowersCommon Field-speedwellVeronica persica27/05/2016
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SpeedwellVeronica serpyllifolia27/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa27/05/2016