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
    Slugs & SnailsSmooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula22/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsArion ater agg.22/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsArion distinctus22/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsWrinkled SnailCandidula intersecta22/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsStriped SnailCernuella virgata22/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsTwo Toothed Door SnailClausilia bidentata22/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsGarden SnailCornu aspersum22/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum22/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsDiscus SnailDiscus rotundatus22/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsCommon Chrysalis SnailLauria cylindracea22/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsCellar SnailOxychilus cellarius22/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsDwarf SnailPunctum pygmaeum22/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsMoss Chrysalis SnailPupilla muscorum22/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsTrochulus sericeus22/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsStrawberry SnailTrochulus striolatus22/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsRibbed Grass SnailVallonia costata22/09/1987
    Slugs & SnailsCommon Whorl SnailVertigo pygmaea22/09/1987
    MothsDark SmudgeYpsolopha horridella17/08/2002
    MothsChocolate-tipClostera curtula12/04/2003
    MothsShaded PugEupithecia subumbrata05/06/2004
    MothsNetted PugEupithecia venosata05/06/2004
    MothsRoseate MarbleCelypha rosaceana15/07/2006
    MothsScarlet TigerCallimorpha dominula22/04/2007
    MothsAlder MothAcronicta alni02/06/2007
    MothsPine BellEpinotia rubiginosana02/06/2007
    ReptilesGrass SnakeNatrix natrix04/05/2008
    MothsSatyr PugEupithecia satyrata27/05/2009
    MothsSatin WaveIdaea subsericeata27/05/2009
    MothsBarred RivuletPerizoma bifaciata18/07/2009
    Bees, Wasps, AntsSmall Black AntLasius niger24/04/2010