Ketton Quarry NR

    Getting There

    Located in eastern Rutland. From the A47 take the A6121 towards Stamford which passes through Ketton. Turn left onto Pit Lane as you leave the village (travelling east) and the reserve is on the left after about 400m.

    Managed By
    Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 545


    Ketton Quarry is an active limestone quarry, but the reserve is a long worked-out part of the site. It consists of hills, holes and a few rocky outcrops that have been colonised by a wide range of calcareous limestone plants. Parts of the site have become scrubbed over and there is a planted beech wood. The reserve is leased by the Wildlife Trust from Castle Cement and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

    Wildlife Highlights

    This is an excellent site for calcareous flower species - an unusual habitat in Leicestershire and Rutland. Species include Bee Orchid, Yellow-wort, Crown Vetch and Autumn Gentian. It is one of the best sites in our area for both Adders and Grass Snakes. Butterflies include Marbled White, Grizzled and Dingy Skippers. It also supports a colony of Glow-worms.

    Further Information

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata15/08/2017
    ReptilesAdderVipera berus20/04/2018
    WildflowersAgrimonyAgrimonia eupatoria30/06/2011
    MothsAlder MothAcronicta alni02/06/2007
    BugsAlder SpittlebugAphrophora alni12/09/2017
    BugsAnt Damsel BugHimacerus mirmicoides03/08/2019
    Woodlice, CrustaceansAnt WoodlousePlatyarthrus hoffmannseggi03/04/2018
    WildflowersAutumn GentianGentianella amarella15/09/2019
    MothsBarred Grass-veneerAgriphila inquinatella27/07/2012
    MothsBarred RivuletPerizoma bifaciata18/07/2009
    WildflowersBasil ThymeClinopodium acinos04/07/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae15/08/2017
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBee FlyBombylius major05/04/2018
    WildflowersBee OrchidOphrys apifera13/06/2018
    FungiBeech WoodwartHypoxylon fragiforme23/04/2017
    FungiBirch RustMelampsoridium betulinum13/07/2016
    BugsBishop's Mitre ShieldbugAelia acuminata12/09/2017
    MothsBlack-brindled BellEpinotia signatana26/06/2010
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBlack-tailed SkimmerOrthetrum cancellatum27/06/2018
    WildflowersBlack BindweedFallopia convolvulus12/11/2017
    WildflowersBlack BryonyDioscorea communis30/06/2011
    BeetlesBlack Clock BeetlePterostichus madidus24/04/2010
    ButterfliesBlack HairstreakSatyrium pruni13/06/2018
    Ferns & HorsetailsBlack SpleenwortAsplenium adiantum-nigrum26/05/2012
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa13/06/2014
    WildflowersBladder CampionSilene vulgaris26/05/2012
    Mosses & LiverwortsBonfire-mossFunaria hygrometrica26/05/2012
    MothsBright BellEucosma hohenwartiana27/07/2012
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni07/08/2016
    MothsBrimstone MothOpisthograptis luteolata15/08/2017