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Candlesby Hill Quarry

Woodland, scrub and open chalk grassland, which is still being colonised.

At the southern tip of the eastern edge of the chalk Wolds, this quarry was once the Gunby estate chalk pit. The lime kilns are probably older than those at Mill Hill Quarry in Claxby, and the quarry has been disused for longer. The chalk cliff exposure shows only the Lower Chalk. Several habitat types merge into one another. The track passes through tall hawthorn and ash wood, and scrub of dog rose and hawthorn, and finally emerges in an open grassland area, which is still being colonised.

Most of the chalk flowers of the south-east Wolds (including four orchid species) are present, and woodland flora has developed in the ash wood. Breeding birds include garden warbler, whitethroat, spotted flycatcher and several species of finch. Butterflies are abundant and include common blue, small copper and wall brown.


Nearest postcode: PE23 5ST

Please note - postcodes are for the nearest registered address as we are unable to get postcodes for nature reserves. Please use the maps provided here to locate the entrance to the reserve.

Species and habitats

Grassland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Willoughby Meadow
2 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Mill Hill Quarry
2 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Hoplands Wood
2 miles - Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Off Bluestone Heath Road, A1028
Map reference
TF 460682
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Apr - Aug
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1.70 hectares
Walking information
Cliff and scree should not be climbed and care must be taken not to trample vegetation unnecessarily in the summer. Beware of exposed lime kilns.
There is parking space for one car in the entrance; otherwise park on the verge by the roadside. Visitors are advised to park well away from the dangerous bend.
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01507 526667


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