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
    Bees, Wasps, AntsLindenius albilabris23/07/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNomada lathburiana13/05/2019
    BeetlesApion rubens27/05/2016
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis02/06/2011
    BeetlesCantharis rustica02/06/2011
    BeetlesNeliocarus nebulosus02/06/2011
    BeetlesOedemera lurida02/06/2011
    BugsPsallus varians02/06/2011
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesThelaira nigripes02/06/2011
    FungiStereum rameale14/02/2017
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesChrysopa perla02/06/2011
    SawfliesRhogogaster viridis02/06/2011
    SpidersPhilodromus dispar26/05/2016
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersYewTaxus baccata11/06/2015
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium07/09/2016
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes04/07/2015
    WildflowersWood SageTeucrium scorodonia07/09/2016
    WildflowersWood Forget-me-notMyosotis sylvatica11/06/2015
    WildflowersWood AvensGeum urbanum02/06/2011
    WildflowersWild TeaselDipsacus fullonum02/06/2011
    WildflowersWhite Dead-nettleLamium album02/06/2011
    WildflowersWhite BryonyBryonia dioica07/09/2016
    MothsWhite-barred GoldMicropterix aruncella02/06/2011
    WildflowersWater-pepperPersicaria hydropiper26/08/2014
    ButterfliesWallLasiommata megera05/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsVestal Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus vestalis11/06/2015
    WildflowersUpright ChickweedMoenchia erecta27/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum11/06/2015
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SpeedwellVeronica serpyllifolia27/05/2016
    BeetlesThistle Tortoise BeetleCassida rubiginosa27/05/2016