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.


On the Heaver Crossroads, about two miles north east of Temple Guiting
A static map of Cutsdean Quarry

Know before you go

1 hectare

Entry fee


Grazing animals





On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

May to September

About the reserve

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.

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452 383333