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King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve

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Name of Location King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve
Map Reference SY690728
SatNav Coordinates 50° 33' 24.9012" N, 2° 26' 17.7252" W
  • Ample parking on site
  • No visitor facilities
  • Defined paths

A disused stone quarry providing a dramatic landscape, wonderful views and abundant nature interest.


King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve: a king size day out

You can't lose with King Barrow Quarry; not only are there wonderful flowers and insects you get the most amazing views of the Fleet and the Dorset coastline along with a bit of industrial and social history for good measure in quite a dramatic landscape.

This reserve is right on the highest part of Portland so you need to chose a nice day weather-wise and so high summer is the best time to visit especially as that is when the flowers and butterflies are at their best. 

Alongside the reserve is an active Portland stone quarry so you need to be a bit wary but find your way around this and out to the far side of Portland if you can to make a superb round walk with spectaular views and abundant wildlife.


How to get there ...: 
Once you get on to Portland follow the road to the Bill until you get to the top of the hill at the Portland Heights Hotel. There is a small roundabout here, take the first exit and King Barrow Quarry is across open ground to your right.
Ten Top Species Status Record Date
Early Gentian Recorded by others
Small Blue Several 21/05/2010
Wall (Brown) Present 05/05/2011
Painted Lady Present 21/05/2010
Tutsan Present 08/07/2012
Chalk Milkwort Present 05/05/2011
Ivy Broomrape Present 08/07/2012
Hoverfly (E tenax) Present 08/07/2012
Alexanders Present 05/05/2011
Hoverfly (E balteatus) Numerous 08/07/2012
Tag Type Tag
Access Access Difficult
Manager Dorset Wildlife Trust
Geology Limestone
Area Western Dorset

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