Ketton Quarry NR
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.
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.
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Cinnabar||Tyria jacobaeae||21/06/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Bee Orchid||Ophrys apifera||21/06/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Viper's Bugloss||Echium vulgare||21/06/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Meadow Brown||Maniola jurtina||21/06/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Dark Green Fritillary||Argynnis aglaja||21/06/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Marbled White||Melanargia galathea||21/06/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Ringlet||Aphantopus hyperantus||21/06/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Burnet Companion||Euclidia glyphica||21/06/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Brimstone||Gonepteryx rhamni||21/06/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Yellow Bird's-nest||Hypopitys monotropa||21/06/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Speckled Wood||Pararge aegeria||21/06/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Small Heath||Coenonympha pamphilus||21/06/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Six-Spot Burnet||Zygaena filipendulae||21/06/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Common Blue butterfly||Polyommatus icarus||21/06/2019||Steve Mathers|
|Large Skipper||Ochlodes sylvanus||21/06/2019||Steve Mathers|
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.