Ketton Quarry NR

    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.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 528


    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.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Melampsora caprearum03/07/2019roy lemmon
    Rose RustPhragmidium mucronatum03/07/2019roy lemmon
    Rose RustPhragmidium mucronatum03/07/2019roy lemmon
    Hawthorn Button-top GallDasineura crataegi03/07/2019roy lemmon
    CinnabarTyria jacobaeae21/06/2019Steve Mathers
    Bee OrchidOphrys apifera21/06/2019Steve Mathers
    Viper's BuglossEchium vulgare21/06/2019Steve Mathers
    Meadow BrownManiola jurtina21/06/2019Steve Mathers
    Dark Green FritillaryArgynnis aglaja21/06/2019Steve Mathers
    Marbled WhiteMelanargia galathea21/06/2019Steve Mathers
    RingletAphantopus hyperantus21/06/2019Steve Mathers
    Burnet CompanionEuclidia glyphica21/06/2019Steve Mathers
    BrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni21/06/2019Steve Mathers
    Yellow Bird's-nestHypopitys monotropa21/06/2019Steve Mathers
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria21/06/2019Steve Mathers
    Further Information
    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

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata03/04/2018
    ReptilesAdderVipera berus03/05/2009
    WildflowersAgrimonyAgrimonia eupatoria27/06/2018
    MothsAlder MothAcronicta alni02/06/2007
    BugsAlder SpittlebugAphrophora alni12/09/2017
    Woodlice, CrustaceansAnt WoodlousePlatyarthrus hoffmannseggi24/04/2010
    MothsBarred Grass-veneerAgriphila inquinatella27/07/2012
    MothsBarred RivuletPerizoma bifaciata18/07/2009
    Bees, Wasps, AntsBedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae20/08/2015
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesBee FlyBombylius major08/05/2018
    WildflowersBee OrchidOphrys apifera30/06/2011
    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 communis13/06/2014
    BeetlesBlack Clock BeetlePterostichus madidus08/05/2016
    ButterfliesBlack HairstreakSatyrium pruni13/06/2018
    Ferns & HorsetailsBlack SpleenwortAsplenium adiantum-nigrum26/05/2012
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa13/06/2014
    WildflowersBladder CampionSilene vulgaris05/07/2017
    Mosses & LiverwortsBonfire-mossFunaria hygrometrica13/06/2014
    MothsBright BellEucosma hohenwartiana27/07/2012
    ButterfliesBrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni08/05/2018
    MothsBrimstone MothOpisthograptis luteolata15/08/2017
    MothsBrindled GreenDryobotodes eremita24/09/2011
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides12/11/2017
    MothsBrown-tailEuproctis chrysorrhoea27/07/2012