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
    Unknown+ new species03/08/2017
    SawfliesAbia sericea09/06/2014
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus16/07/2015
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAceria campestricola01/06/2017
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAceria cephalonea04/06/2018
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAceria labiatiflorae04/06/2018
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAceria nervisequa05/10/2017
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAceria pseudoplatani13/07/2016
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium08/08/2015
    MothsWhite-triangle ButtonAcleris holmiana27/07/2012
    MothsThicket Knot-hornAcrobasis suavella27/07/2012
    MothsAlder MothAcronicta alni02/06/2007
    MothsSmall Barred Long-hornAdela croesella10/06/2012
    MothsGreen Long-hornAdela reaumurella26/05/2012
    BugsLucerne BugAdelphocoris lineolatus31/07/2017
    BirdsLong-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus29/08/2016
    Slugs & SnailsSmooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula22/09/1987
    BugsBishop's Mitre ShieldbugAelia acuminata12/09/2017
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAequsomatus annulatus13/07/2016
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesSouthern HawkerAeshna cyanea30/06/2011
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBrown HawkerAeshna grandis04/07/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesMigrant HawkerAeshna mixta31/07/2017
    ButterfliesPeacockAglais io08/04/2017
    ButterfliesSmall TortoiseshellAglais urticae05/04/2018
    SawfliesAglaostigma aucupariae01/05/2018
    MothsLarge Purple Flat-bodyAgonopterix liturosa27/07/2012
    BeetlesAgrilus angustulus23/05/2015
    WildflowersAgrimonyAgrimonia eupatoria27/06/2018
    MothsBarred Grass-veneerAgriphila inquinatella27/07/2012
    BeetlesAmara familiaris24/04/2010