Hoe Grange Quarry
This disused limestone quarry is owned by Longcliffe Quarries.
The site has not been worked since the early 90’s 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.
Welcome to Hoe Grange Quarry
Surrounding these is beautiful flower rich short limestone grassland whilst at the fringes of the quarry is taller grass and woodland, there are still areas of bare ground which provide an ideal place for insects to sunbathe. 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 Trust have been walking a weekly transect at Hoe Grange for a few years and their results are fantastic, they have recorded a total of 29 different species of butterfly.
We are working closely with Butterfly Conservation Trust to ensure that the site is managed in the best way as a future haven for butterflies.
When to Visit
A long warm summers day to count the butterflies and the wild flowers
Know before you go
5 hectares – No entry fee – No dogs permitted except for assistance dogs
ENGAGEMENT, INFLUENCE & IMPACT AWARD
The Best Community Engagement Project award appreciates projects where sites are actively engaging their local communities and achieving positive results. Longcliffe Quarries Ltd was revealed as the winner for its ‘Butterfly Conservation’ project at Hoe Grange Quarry. It was described as a very good example of a genuinely collaborative approach by the company in working with the community in developing the project.
The fourth Open Day for Derbyshire’s first
Butterfly Reserve. Members of Butterfly Conservation East Midlands will be able to show visitors around this restored limestone quarry. It will also be possible to see the work that many volunteers have done to enhance the habitat so as to increase the biodiversity at the site.