King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve

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


King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve: a king size day out

Site Details: 
Name of Location King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve
Highlights Butterflies, Chalk grassland flora
  • Ample parking on site
  • No visitor facilities
  • Defined paths
OS Map Reference SY690728
Aspect Detail
Manager Dorset Wildlife Trust
Geology Limestone
Area Western Dorset
Hazards for the less able: 
More on the web ...: 
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More site photos (see also link below): 

This map shows the location of the reserve (purple marker) and access points to the reserve (yellow markers). You can use the Google map controls to zoom in get a more detailed idea of where it is and where to park. If you click on a marker more information about directions,  sat nav co-ordinates and parking will display.

Ten Top Species: 
Small Blue
Early Gentian
Chalk Milkwort
Ivy Broomrape
Painted Lady
Wall (Brown)
Hoverfly (E tenax)
Swollen-thighed Beetle
Holly Blue
Simple habitat guide: 
GC: Calcareous Grassland
BQ: Quarries & mineral extraction
SSSI Details: 
SSSI Name Isle of Portland
Interest Biological, Geological
Schedule Link View schedule on Natural England database
Citation Link View full Natural England citation
My Notes This SSSI comprises a significant amount of Portland that has not been developed including six sites that are now nature reserves.

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