Derbyshire Wildlife Trust take over Brassington quarry nature reserve
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has revealed an agreement to take on the management of a nature reserve at a disused quarry near Brassington.
The Peak Quarry Nature Reserve is owned by Longcliffe Quarries and has been gradually returning to nature since the business ended its operations there.
The site already contains a remarkable diversity of habitats and wildlife, and the trust now plans to survey the site in detail this summer so more may be discovered.
Reserves officer Julia Gow said: “The surveys will help inform our plans for future reserve management and I am really looking forward to getting to know the reserve.”
A spokesman for Longcliffe Quarries said the company prides itself on being an environmentally sensitive and conservation minded local independent business.”
They added: “We see this partnership as an opportunity to both offset their quarrying activities and make a positive contribution to nature conservation and biodiversity in the local area.”
The site, which can be seen from the High Peak Trail, is predominantly made up of limestone grassland filled with flowers, which the trust now plan to maintain by grazing it with sheep in late summer.
Small ponds provide a place for frogs, toads and newts to breed, and areas of marshy grassland which will be full of insects once the warmer weather arrives.
The reserve has been noted as a thriving habitat for butterfly species including the common blue, dark green fritillary and orange tip, as well as the less common small heath and dingy skipper varieties.
Areas of woodland and scrub provide ideal nesting sites for blackcap and whitethroat whilst skylarks breed in the long grassland.
The trust manages 43 nature reserves in Derbyshire, in addition to wide-ranging conservation work.
For more details, visit www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk.