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.

    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
    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.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Bedeguar Gall WaspDiplolepis rosae15/09/2019roy lemmon
    Dasineura rosae15/09/2019roy lemmon
    Knopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis15/09/2019roy lemmon
    Spangle Gall WaspNeuroterus quercusbaccarum15/09/2019roy lemmon
    Autumn GentianGentianella amarella15/09/2019roy lemmon
    Violet Bramble RustPhragmidium violaceum15/09/2019roy lemmon
    Pucciniastrum agrimoniae15/09/2019roy lemmon
    Puccinia glechomatis15/09/2019roy lemmon
    Eriophyes similis15/09/2019roy lemmon
    Tranzschelia pruni-spinosae15/09/2019roy lemmon
    Wild LiquoriceAstragalus glycyphyllos15/09/2019roy lemmon
    Sputnik Gall WaspDiplolepis nervosa15/09/2019roy lemmon
    Tibellus oblongus03/08/2019AJ Cann
    Six-Spot BurnetZygaena filipendulae03/08/2019AJ Cann
    Agelena labyrinthica03/08/2019AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    MothsNarrow-bordered Five-Spot Burnet MothZygaena lonicerae27/06/2018
    MothsSix-Spot BurnetZygaena filipendulae15/08/2017
    ReptilesCommon LizardZootoca vivipara30/03/2014
    MothsDark SmudgeYpsolopha horridella17/08/2002
    SpidersXysticus erraticus04/05/2014
    SpidersXysticus cristatus08/05/2016
    HoverfliesXylota segnis15/08/2017
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon26/01/2019
    MothsSquare-spotted ClayXestia stigmatica27/07/2012
    LichensXanthoria parietina12/09/2017
    MothsRed Twin-spot CarpetXanthorhoe spadicearia01/05/2018
    MothsSilver-ground CarpetXanthorhoe montanata20/05/2017
    HoverfliesXanthogramma pedissequum08/05/2016
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesVoria ruralis12/09/2017
    HoverfliesPellucid FlyVolucella pellucens13/06/2014
    HoverfliesVolucella inanis12/09/2017
    HoverfliesVolucella bombylans13/06/2014
    ReptilesAdderVipera berus26/05/2012
    WildflowersCommon Dog-violetViola riviniana01/05/2018
    WildflowersField PansyViola arvensis13/06/2014
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa subsp. segetalis07/05/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersGuelder RoseViburnum opulus16/07/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGerman WaspVespula germanica08/05/2016
    Slugs & SnailsCommon Whorl SnailVertigo pygmaea22/09/1987
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SpeedwellVeronica serpyllifolia07/05/2018
    WildflowersHeath SpeedwellVeronica officinalis13/06/2014
    WildflowersWall SpeedwellVeronica arvensis25/05/2012
    WildflowersGreat MulleinVerbascum thapsus27/06/2018
    BeetlesVariimorda villosa13/06/2014
    ButterfliesPainted LadyVanessa cardui07/08/2016