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
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo21/05/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari14/02/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera11/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsField Cuckoo BumblebeeBombus campestris27/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum02/06/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius11/06/2015
    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
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae27/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger02/06/2011
    Bees, Wasps, AntsLindenius albilabris23/07/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNomada lathburiana13/05/2019
    BeetlesApion rubens27/05/2016
    BeetlesAthous haemorrhoidalis02/06/2011
    BeetlesRaspberry BeetleByturus tomentosus02/06/2011
    BeetlesCream Spot LadybirdCalvia quattuordecimguttata02/06/2011
    BeetlesCantharis rustica02/06/2011
    BeetlesThistle Tortoise BeetleCassida rubiginosa27/05/2016
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata02/06/2011
    BeetlesGorse WeevilExapion ulicis13/05/2019
    BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula27/05/2016
    BeetlesHarlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis27/05/2016
    BeetlesNeliocarus nebulosus02/06/2011
    BeetlesOedemera lurida02/06/2011
    BeetlesSwollen-thighed BeetleOedemera nobilis11/06/2015
    BeetlesPea-leaf WeevilSitona lineatus02/06/2011
    BirdsBuzzardButeo buteo04/03/2017
    BirdsGoldfinchCarduelis carduelis04/03/2017