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Spion Kop Quarry

A large deep quarry used by the British Mountaineering Council (under restrictions designed to protect the flora and fauna on the site) this reserve affords superb views across Cannop Valley and beyond can be seen from the spoil tips. A good range of plants have colonised the rock face and boulder-strewn floor. Many ferns and plants grow in the rock crevices and the boulders support a variety of mosses. Of the many woodland birds which visit the quarry, turtle dove and wood warbler are regularly heard.

Superb views across Cannop Valley and beyond can be seen from the spoil tips immediately to the left of the reserve. A good range of plants have colonised the rock face and boulder-strewn floor. Many ferns and plants grow in the rock crevices including maidenhair spleenwort, lady-fern, scaly male-fern and hard fern. The boulders support a variety of mosses. 

Redstart, great tits and bluetit are amongst the birds which nest in the quarry and of the many woodland birds which visit the quarry, turtle dove and wood warbler are regularly heard.

This is a large deep quarry used by the British Mountaineering Council (under restrictions designed to protect the flora and fauna on the site).

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland
Species
Blue Tit, Great Tit, Redstart, Turtle Dove, Foxglove, Holly, Gorse

Nearby nature reserves

Wimberry Quarries
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Oakenhill
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Foxes Bridge Bog
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
One and a half miles east of Coleford, near Bixlade
Coleford
Gloucestershire
Map reference
SO598103
Great for...
birdwatching
geological interest
stunning views
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
0.70 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
A safety fence around the top of the quarry marks the reserve boundary. Visitors enter the area within the fence at their own risk.
Parking
Very limited
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333
info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk