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Collyweston Quarries

A limestone grassland with wildflowers, beetles, lizards and glow worms

This fragment of semi-natural limestone grassland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. In June, the grassland is aglow with the golden-yellow flowers of common rock-rose, common bird’s-foot trefoil and dyer’s greenweed – once gathered to produce a yellow dye. The colours move along the spectrum to pinks and purples when the pyramidal orchid, greater knapweed, wild thyme and clustered bellflower come into flower. The grassland is grazed during autumn and winter.

The wildflowers and undulating terrain provide food and warm, sheltered conditions for many different insects and reptiles. 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.

The areas of scrub support several bird species, and the ringing laugh of the green woodpecker can be heard in summer.

Collyweston Quarries reserve map



The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Nearby nature reserves

Ketton Quarry
2 miles - Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust
Great Casterton Road Banks
3 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Old Sulehay
5 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

Stamford Road 5 miles from
Map reference
TF 005 037
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8.00 hectares

Walking information
Firm grass paths on undulating ground
Lay-by on Stamford Road (A43), 300 yards west of Easton on the Hill; cross road to reserve entrance.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
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Tel: 01604 405285


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