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Hoe Grange Quarry

A disused limestone quarry of particular interest for butterflies.

We are delighted to announce that we have recently taken on the management of Hoe Grange Quarry near Brassington. This disused limestone quarry is owned by Longcliffe Quarries.


The site has not been worked since the 1970s which means that nature has had plenty of time to develop. For a site of just short of 5 hectares it packs in a good mix of habitats. As you would expect there are still areas of bare ground which provide an ideal place for insects to sunbathe. Surrounding these is beautiful flower rich short limestone grassland whilst at the fringes of the quarry is taller grass and woodland. There is even a disused dew pond which we hope to restore in time.


 The quarry is particularly of interest because of the number of diversity of butterflies which occur here. Volunteers from Butterfly Conservation have been walking a weekly transect at Hoe Grange for a few years and their results are fantastic, they have recorded a total of 23 different species of butterfly. Derbyshire Wildlife Trust will be working closely with Butterfly Conservation to ensure that the site is managed in the best way as a future haven for butterflies.


Longcliffe prides itself on being an environmentally sensitive and conservation minded locally independent company. They see this partnership as an opportunity to both offset their quarrying activities and make a positive contribution to nature conservation and biodiversity in the local area.


Hoe Grange can be found at SK22425626, down the track past Haven Hoe Farm. No dogs please


Play Wild rating:

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To find out more our Play Wild programme see here


Butterflies recorded at Hoe Grange Quarry:

1. Small Skipper
2. Essex Skipper
3. Large Skipper
4. Dingy Skipper (BAP)
5. Large White
6. Small White
7. Green Veined White
8. Orange-tip
9. Small Copper
10. Brown Argus (Peak District Race)
11. Common Blue
12. Red Admiral
13 Painted Lady
14. Small Tortoiseshell
15. Peacock
16. Comma
17. Dark Green Fritillary
18. Speckled Wood
19. Wall Brown (BAP)
20. Gatekeeper
21. Meadow Brown
22. Ringlet
23. Small Heath (BAP)

Nearby nature reserves

Hopton Quarry
2 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Gang Mine
4 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Rose End Meadows
4 miles - Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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Nr Haven Hoe Farm, Longcliffe
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5.00 hectares

There is a stile at the entrance and also a combination lock on a gate. Please contact the Trust for the code to the gate.
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Julia Gow
Tel: 01773881188