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: 526


    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
    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
    Small HeathCoenonympha pamphilus21/06/2019Steve Mathers
    Six-Spot BurnetZygaena filipendulae21/06/2019Steve Mathers
    Common Blue butterflyPolyommatus icarus21/06/2019Steve Mathers
    Large SkipperOchlodes sylvanus21/06/2019Steve 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
    MothsNarrow-bordered Five-Spot Burnet MothZygaena lonicerae30/06/2011
    MothsSix-Spot BurnetZygaena filipendulae05/07/2017
    ReptilesCommon LizardZootoca vivipara03/05/2009
    MothsDark SmudgeYpsolopha horridella17/08/2002
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesXysticus erraticus04/05/2014
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesXysticus 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 inanis10/08/2017
    HoverfliesVolucella bombylans13/06/2014
    ReptilesAdderVipera berus03/05/2009
    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 cardui29/08/2016