Once a hive of industrial activity, Hobbs Quarry nature reserve is now a wonderful place to view unique geology and experience the fossilised remains of past animals and plants which exist alongside a rich array of current wildlife species. This lush habitat is great for dormice and birds such as the black cap, treecreeper, nuthatch, buzzard and long-tailed tit.

Location

Between Longhope and Dursley Cross, on minor road off the A40
Longhope
A static map of Hobbs Quarry

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

The main path down the side of the reserve has a level gradient beyond the path is narrow with frequent tree roots. There are steps down to the quarry. The quarry face has loose material which may fall, particularly during cold periods.

Access

The main path down the side of the reserve to the lime kiln has a level gradient, beyond this the path is narrow with tree roots and uneven ground. The quarry has loose material that may fall, particularly during cold periods.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

Once a hive of industrial activity, Hobbs Quarry nature reserve is now a wonderful place to view the unique geology of the Silurian Wenlock Limestone and sinuous drapes of overlying bedded limestone. The fossilised remains of past species exist alongside the rich array of wildlife which includes ancient woodland species such as the small-leaved lime, pendunculate oak, herb Paris and greater butterfly orchid. This lush habitat is great for dormice and birds such as the black cap, treecreeper, nuthatch, buzzard and long-tailed tit. This site is an SSSI.  

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452 383333

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)