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Hadfields Quarry

A patchwork of important habitats in and around a disused limestone quarry

Hadfields Quarry Nature Reserve, in the beautiful Hope Valley, is a patchwork of species-rich grassland, small-scale wetland, woodland and bare rock in and around a disused limestone quarry. To one side of the reserve is a working quarry and cement works, while to the other side lies a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The waters on the quarry floor are unusually neutral for a limestone area. As a result, Hadfields Quarry contains a population of palmate newts, which are more usually found in the acidic gritstone areas of Derbyshire. The reserve also supports an interesting range of plants and animals. Plants include mossy saxifrage, ploughmans spikenard, wall whitlow grass and wetland plants. Among the animals on the reserve are glow worm, dingy skipper butterfly, green tiger beetle and various water beetles and dragonflies. Hadfields Quarry is leased to the Trust by Hope Cement and managed by the Trust on their behalf.

Please note that because of the fragility of the habitats and the dangers of rock fall, a special permit is required for this reserve.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Wetland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Overdale
2 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Ladybower Wood
4 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Cramside Wood
6 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
One mile south west of Hope village.
Castleton
Derbyshire
Map reference
SK161823
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Opening Times
Open at all times but please obtain a special permit before you visit
Access
Permit required

Parking
Park at the reserve entrance at the top of Pindale Road where the road turns sharp right.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188
enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk