Marbled white

Marbled white - Guy Edwardes/2020VISION

Collyweston Quarries

An old quarry now transformed into a wildflower haven


Stamford Road 5 miles from

OS Map Reference

TF 005 037
A static map of Collyweston Quarries

Know before you go

8 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Lay-by on Stamford Road (A43), 300 yards west of Easton on the Hill; cross road to reserve entrance.

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Firm grass paths on undulating ground


Unsuitable for wheelchairs


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to September

About the reserve

In June, the grassland is aglow with the golden-yellow flowers of common rockrose, common bird's-foot-trefoil and dyer's greenweed - once gathered to produce a yellow dye. This colourful display continues with pinks and purples when the pyramidal orchid, greater knapweed, wild thyme and clustered bellflower come into flower. Glow-worms can be seen in the longer grass at dusk or night time in June, when the females glow green to attract mates. Reptiles such as common lizard bask in the sun on the bare ground and dry stone walls.  

Watch a short film about the reserve

Scroll down to see the reserve boundary. Please note the boundary map is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Contact us

Contact number: 01604 405285

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map

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Did you enjoy your visit? From donating to volunteering, there are many different ways you can help us restore and protect local wildlife. We can't do this without you!

How you can help

Betony at Upwood Meadows June  - c. Robert Enderby

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