Frog orchid, Kieron Huston

Frog orchid, Kieron Huston

Common blue butterfly, Vicky Nall

Common blue butterfly, Vicky Nall

Toad, Neil Shaw, via Flickr

Toad, Neil Shaw, via Flickr

A disused limestone quarry with a varied habitat bursting with butterflies and wild flowers.

Location

Near Longcliffe
Brassington
Derbyshire

OS Map Reference

SK2355
A static map of Peak Quarry Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
5 hectares

Entry fee

No

Walking trails

No access to the reserve itself - view from the High Peak Trail. 

Access

No access to the reserve itself - view from the High Peak Trail. 

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring and summer for wild flowers, butterflies and birds

About the reserve

This former quarry is owned by Longcliffe Quarries and has been gradually returning to nature. For a moderately small site it packs in a lot of different habitats and therefore a great variety of wildlife.

There are some lovely areas of limestone grassland bursting with flowers, some small ponds which provide a place for frogs, toads and newts to breed and areas of marshy grassland which will be full of insects once the summer is here.

It’s a great place for butterflies, common blue, dark green fritillary and orange tip butterflies are all found here, along with the less common small heath and dingy skipper butterflies. There are plenty of moths here too including the shaded broad-bar and cinnabar moths.

Areas of woodland and scrub provide ideal nesting sites for blackcap and whitethroat whilst skylarks breed in the long grassland.

Contact us

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01773881188