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, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum02/06/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger02/06/2011
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis02/06/2011
    BeetlesRaspberry BeetleByturus tomentosus02/06/2011
    BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata02/06/2011
    BeetlesCantharis rustica02/06/2011
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata02/06/2011
    BeetlesNeliocarus nebulosus02/06/2011
    BeetlesOedemera lurida02/06/2011
    BeetlesPea-leaf WeevilSitona lineatus02/06/2011
    BugsSloe BugDolycoris baccarum02/06/2011
    BugsSycamore AphidDrepanosiphum platanoidis02/06/2011
    BugsPsallus varians02/06/2011
    ButterfliesLarge SkipperOchlodes sylvanus02/06/2011
    ButterfliesSpeckled WoodPararge aegeria02/06/2011
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesCommon Red-legged RobberflyDioctria rufipes02/06/2011
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesThelaira nigripes02/06/2011
    Grasshoppers & CricketsCommon Green GrasshopperOmocestus viridulus02/06/2011
    HoverfliesNarcissus Bulb FlyMerodon equestris02/06/2011
    HoverfliesPellucid FlyVolucella pellucens02/06/2011
    Lacewings & ScorpionfliesChrysopa perla02/06/2011
    MothsGrey Gorse PiercerCydia ulicetana02/06/2011
    MothsPlum TortrixHedya pruniana02/06/2011
    MothsWhite-barred GoldMicropterix aruncella02/06/2011
    MothsPlain GoldMicropterix calthella02/06/2011
    MothsLittle CosmetMompha raschkiella02/06/2011
    MothsBrown Silver-linePetrophora chlorosata02/06/2011
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae02/06/2011
    SawfliesRhogogaster viridis02/06/2011
    Slugs & SnailsBrown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis02/06/2011