This is just one of over 200 reserves and wildlife hot-spots featured on the Nature of Dorset. Find out where this site is, what it is like and what you can see there below.
A disused stone quarry providing a dramatic landscape, wonderful views and abundant nature interest.
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.
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.
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|Manager||Dorset Wildlife Trust|
|Name of Location||King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve|
|Highlights||Butterflies, Chalk grassland flora|
|Diversity||High (150-200 species)|
|OS Map Reference||SY690728|
This site is comes under a designated Site of Scientific Interest. Here is some information about the SSSI, you can click the links for more detailed information in the Natural England website.
|SSSI Name||Isle of Portland|
The Isle of Portland is internationally important for its geological interest. The Island has a rich assemblage of plants and animals associated with limestone grassland, scrub and coastal habitats, a combination of features and species unrepeated elsewhere. Portland is also a famous site for the study of bird migration centred on the observatory at the Bill.
|Schedule Link||View schedule on Natural England database|
|Citation Link||View full Natural England citation|
|Status||Now Featured on NoD|
|My Notes||This SSSI comprises a significant amount of Portland that has not been developed including six sites that are now nature reserves.|
Visiting sites in the open countryside can always involve some degree of risk and to help you prepare for a visit to this site I hope my simple risk assessment feature may help you avoid getting into trouble. Forewarned is forearmed!
|Quarries||A disused quarry with steep sides, rough ground and loose stones||
Although quarrying activities will have probably stopped before an area is designated a nature reserve the legacy of mineral extraction processes can leave a number of hazards. Always take care in old quarries, numerous traps exist from hidden hole to steep drops to loose surfaces, even abandoned mining equipment and buildings.
Here is my pick of the most interesting species of animal/plant you might encounter at this reserve.
|Species||Scientific Name||Status||Record Date||Interest Level|
|Small Blue||Cupido minimus||Several||21/05/2010||
|Early Gentian||Gentianella anglica||Recorded by others||
|Painted Lady||Vanessa cardui||Present||21/05/2010||
|Ivy Broomrape||Orobanche hederae||Present||08/07/2012||
|Wall (Brown)||Lasiommata megera||Present||05/05/2011||
|Chalk Milkwort||Polygala calcarea||Present||05/05/2011||
|Hoary Plantain||Plantago media||Present||08/07/2012||
|Crab Apple||Malus sylvestris||Present||05/05/2011||
|Burnet Rose||Rosa pimpinellifolia||Present||05/05/2011||
Here is a simple guide as to the habitat types you can encounter at this site together with a summary of the habitat preferences of the plant species present. Comparing the two can be interesting!
|GC: Calcareous Grassland||Foundation||Being Portland the basic geology is, of course, limestone|
|BQ: Quarries & mineral extraction||Significant||Stone quarrying has substantially altered the landscape|
|Name of reserve or wildlife hot-spot||King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve|
|This page created by||PeterOrchard|
|This page was created||5 years 8 months ago|
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