Access to the reserve is normally by appointment only through contacting Ken Orpe or by calling the Reserve Warden, Ray Walker on 01335 390584.
The area measures 4.75 hectares and the land is owned by Longcliffe Quarries Ltd, but the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and Butterfly Conservation's East Midlands Branch have been managing the site for wildlife.
East Midlands BC have been providing habitat advice and their volunteers have been working to plant butterfly-friendly plants and have been carrying out transects on the site since 2015.
To date, 26 species of butterfly have been recorded, including three BAP species - the Wall, Dingy Skipper and Small Heath. UK BAP priority species were those that were identified as being the most threatened and requiring conservation action under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP).
There have also been sightings of two Peak District speciality species - the Dark Green Fritillary and the Peak District variety of the Brown Argus butterfly.
There is also a very large colony of Common Blue on the site due to its food plant, Bird's-foot-trefoil, colonising the entire quarry floor when the site was left to wildlife in the 1970s.
|Butterfly species||Year First Seen|
|Dingy Skipper (BAP)||2011|
|Brown Argus (Peak District species)||2014|
|Dark Green Fritillary||2012|
|Small Heath (BAP)||2011|
2018 was the first year we set up moth traps on the reserve and previous to this, we had only spotted the day-flying Wood Tiger moth at Hoe Grange in 2015.
Now, thanks to help from Ken Orpe, Steve Orridge & Ray Walker, we know that these moth species are present at the site:
For more information on the site, or if you would like to visit, please email Ken Orpe.
Please note: No dogs allowed, with the exception of assistance dogs.