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Ashwell Quarry and Quarry Springs

A disused quarry which supports varied chalk grassland species including orchids.

In summer this former quarry site is full of plants such as pyramidal orchid, field and small scabious, clustered bellflower and glaucous sedge. Deep shaded hollows add their own interest and many of the older thorn and elder bushes support rare mosses. The adjacent Quarry Springs produce a stream of water at consistent temperature of about ten degrees centigrade, which is the very special requirement of some of the rare species of flatworm which thrive here.
 

Access is by permit only. Contact the volunteer wardens, Chris and Trevor James, on 01462 742 684. Some steep slopes which may make wheelchair access difficult.
 

If you are interested in volunteering at this site please click here to see if there are any volunteering opportunities coming up in the future.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland
Species
Bee Orchid, Twayblade, Holly Blue, Cowslip, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff

Nearby nature reserves

Arlesey Old Moat and Glebe Meadows
4 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Fox Covert
5 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Blagrove Common
6 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
On Hinxworth Road about half a mile west of Ashwell.
Baldock
Hertfordshire
SG7 5HX
Map reference
TL 253 395
Great for...
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
3.00 hectares
Access
Access is by permit only. Contact the volunteer wardens, Chris and Trevor James, on 01462 742 684. Some steep slopes which may make wheelchair access difficult.
Walking information
Closeby: Icknield Way
Parking
Parking is in a small field beyond a metal gate on west side Loves Lane.
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901
info@hmwt.org