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Cutsdean Quarry

Cutsdean Quarry was once one of many small sites in the area producing Chipping Norton limestone. The site has some interesting plants in the western scree area, including pyramidal orchid and autumn gentian. The Duke of Burgundy butterfly has been recently recorded and the open rock faces provide good basking sites for reptiles in the summer.

Situated in the north Cotswolds, the quarry was one of the few small sites in the area producing Chipping Norton limestone. The bare rubble has created an interesting limestone grassland and scrub area with areas of scree.

During the spring and summer months, the open rock faces make it a great location to spot reptiles such as adders, grass snakes and common lizards as they sunbath.

Plentiful butterflies can be found here, including the rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly along with good populations of ringlets, marbled whites and large skippers.

Scrub along the eastern edge make it an ideal location to look for linnets, whitethroats, tree pipits and greenfinches.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Woodland
Species
Adder, Common Lizard, Grass Snake, Linnet, Greenfinch

Nearby nature reserves

Broadway Gravel Pit
4 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Brassey
6 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Greystones Farm
8 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
On the Heaver Crossroads, about two miles north east of Temple Guiting.
Cutsdean
Gloucestershire
Map reference
SP105315
Great for...
birdwatching
butterflies
geological interest
reptiles
wildflowers
Best time to visit
May - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
0.83 hectares
Access
Yes

Parking
Parking is in a lay-by adjacent to the reserve
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333
info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk