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Miller's Dale Quarry

A disused quarry now inhabited by many unusual plants and animals.

Until 1930 Miller's Dale was a bustling limestone quarry, with smoke billowing from the kilns and quarrymen hauling limestone to be burnt. Things have certainly changed since those days. With the departure of the quarrymen, nature has taken hold and the quarry is now inhabited by many unusual plants and animals. The quarry floor is a special place, and the best time to enjoy it is on a hot July day when the scent of fragrant orchids fills the air. Walk carefully here to avoid treading on these delicate plants. Many other wildflowers flourish on the poor soil, where they do not have to compete with other plants and grasses. From early summer the reserve puts on a colourful show, with cowslips, early purple orchids, harebells and wild strawberries among the flowers that grow here. As you enter the reserve you climb wooded slopes where ash, hazel and willow have established themselves. Other parts of the reserve have not been affected by the lime industry and very different plants grow here. Look for valerian, rosebay willowherb and ladies bedstraw, among others. With such a variety of plants around the reserve, it is a haven for insects. On a sunny summer's day you'll see butterflies such as the common blue, as well as the day-flying six-spot burnet moth. The quarry face contains crevices which provide safe nest sites for jackdaws and sometimes a pair of kestrels. Watch the sky above for swifts feeding on insects. Sometimes in the spring the concessionary path through the quarry is closed to protect nesting birds, please contact us for further details.

 

Play Wild rating:

 WIldlife may be sensitive at certain times if year.

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Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Woodland
Species
Early Purple Orchid, Six-spot Burnet, Swift

Nearby nature reserves

Priestcliffe Lees
1 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Cramside Wood
2 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Chee Dale
2 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Wye Valley
Buxton
Derbyshire
Map reference
SK140731
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Opening Times
Open at all times. Sometimes in the spring the concessionary path through the quarry is closed to protect nesting birds, please contact us for further details.
Size
24.00 hectares
Walking information
The quarry edge can be hazardous. To avoid danger please keep to the paths
Parking
Park in car park of Miller's Dale station on the B6049
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01773 881188
enquiries@derbyshirewt.co.uk