Hill Hole Quarry

    Map key:

    • Selected Wild Place = PINK
    • Other Wild Places = RED
    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN
    • VC55 boundary = BLUE
    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


    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
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium07/09/2016
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io25/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari14/02/2017
    ButterfliesOrange TipAnthocharis cardamines21/05/2012
    MothsNettle-tapAnthophila fabriciana27/05/2016
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesSweet Vernal-grassAnthoxanthum odoratum27/05/2016
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris11/06/2015
    WildflowersParsley-piertAphanes arvensis27/05/2016
    ButterfliesRingletAphantopus hyperantus04/07/2015
    BeetlesApion rubens27/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera11/06/2015
    SpidersCucumber Green Orb SpiderAraniella cucurbitina sensu lato11/06/2015
    SawfliesBramble SawflyArge cyanocrocea27/05/2016
    Slugs & SnailsDusky SlugArion subfuscus27/05/2016
    WildflowersMugwortArtemisia vulgaris07/09/2016
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis02/06/2011
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver BirchBetula pendula11/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsField Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus campestris27/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum02/06/2011
    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
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesCommon Soft-bromeBromus hordeaceus subsp. hordeaceus27/05/2016
    WildflowersWhite BryonyBryonia dioica07/09/2016
    Mosses & LiverwortsCapillary Thread-mossBryum capillare14/02/2017
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo21/05/2012
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo07/09/2016
    BeetlesRaspberry BeetleByturus tomentosus02/06/2011