Hill Hole Quarry

    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: 171

    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
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata02/06/2011
    WildflowersAtlas Poppy agg.Papaver atlanticum agg.27/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae27/05/2016
    WildflowersBlack MedickMedicago lupulina02/06/2011
    FungiBlack Witches ButterExidia glandulosa04/03/2017
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula04/03/2017
    BirdsBlue TitCyanistes caeruleus04/03/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBramble agg.Rubus fruticosus agg.27/05/2016
    SawfliesBramble SawflyArge cyanocrocea27/05/2016
    WildflowersBroad-leaved DockRumex obtusifolius11/06/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBroomCytisus scoparius27/05/2016
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis02/06/2011
    MothsBrown Silver-linePetrophora chlorosata13/05/2019
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula14/02/2017
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo07/09/2016
    Mosses & LiverwortsCapillary Thread-mossBryum capillare14/02/2017
    BirdsCarrion CrowCorvus corone14/02/2017
    BirdsChaffinchFringilla coelebs04/03/2017
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae02/06/2011
    WildflowersClimbing CorydalisCeratocapnos claviculata23/05/2014
    WildflowersCommon Bird's-foot-trefoilLotus corniculatus27/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum11/06/2015
    WildflowersCommon Cat's-earHypochaeris radicata07/09/2016
    WildflowersCommon ChickweedStellaria media07/09/2016
    WildflowersCommon Field-speedwellVeronica persica27/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon FumitoryFumaria officinalis27/05/2016
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Green GrasshopperOmocestus viridulus02/06/2011
    WildflowersCommon KnapweedCentaurea nigra27/05/2016
    WildflowersCommon Mouse-earCerastium fontanum11/06/2015
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica11/06/2015