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Reserves - Sourton Quarry

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Sourton Quarry nature reserve leaflet

Key Information

Grid reference/Postcode
SX 523 892

6 miles south-west of Okehampton


Secondary woodland, grassland and lake.



Sourton Quarry wildflower discovery project is kindly supported by Biffa Award, a multi-million pound environment fund managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT), which utilises landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.

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Sourton Quarry

This nature reserve consists of a flooded limestone quarry surrounded by high cliffs, extensive spoil heaps and marsh. The spoil habitats are a mixture of bare rock scree and species-rich calcareous grassland.  Areas of secondary woodland, mature scrub and invasive cotoneaster have recently been thinned in order to provide more light and space for the delicate flowering plants that specialise on limestone soils. Many of the quarry’s old industrial buildings are still present, providing roosting habitat for numerous bat species.

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