Hill Hole Quarry
The site is near to junction 22 of the M1 and on the north-west edge of Markfield.
Total species seen at this site: 171
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|
|Brown Silver-line||Petrophora chlorosata||13/05/2019||sue|
|Large Birch Purple||Eriocrania sangii||13/05/2019||sue|
|Common Oak Purple||Dyseriocrania subpurpurella||13/05/2019||sue|
|Meadow Long-horn||Cauchas rufimitrella||13/05/2019||sue|
|Gorse Weevil||Exapion ulicis||13/05/2019||sue|
|Slender Groundhopper||Tetrix subulata||13/05/2019||sue|
|Gorse Shieldbug||Piezodorus lituratus||13/05/2019||sue|
|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|