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Plump Hill Dolomite Quarry

This nature reserve is an old dolomite quarry which was worked extensively at the turn of the century for road metal and kiln lime, leaving three steep rock faces. The quarry floor has been colonised by a varied collection of limestone grassland plants. It is a haven for birds and butterflies and offers a superb view across the Severn Vale to the Cotswold scarp.

A haven for birds and butterflies, this limestone grassland supports autumn lady's-tresses, white horebound, harebell, fairy flax, wild thyme and the rarer large thyme.

The rock face supports hart's-tongue, wall-rue and maidenhair speenwort ferns. Near the ponds bog bean can be found. Buzzards and goswhawks have been seen overhead, and mammals such as deer and foxes frequent the area.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland
Species
Buzzard, Fairy Flax, Wild Thyme

Nearby nature reserves

Stenders Quarry
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Edgehills Bog
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Wigpool
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
One mile south of Mitcheldean, adjacent to the A4136
Mitcheldean
Gloucestershire
Map reference
SO661171
Great for...
birdwatching
butterflies
geological interest
historical interest
stunning views
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
4.50 hectares
Access
Yes

Parking
Visitors can park on an area on the opposite side of the road, or in a lay-by about 300 yds up the hill.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333
info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk