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.


One mile south of Mitcheldean, adjacent to the A4136
A static map of Plump Hill Dolomite Quarry

Know before you go

5 hectares

Entry fee


Grazing animals





On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

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.

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452 383333