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Sourton Quarry

A disused limestone quarry, now home to various plants, birds and bats

The reserve consists of a steep sided flooded quarry, surrounded by spoil heaps that are now largely covered by wildflower rich open areas, scrub and woodland. The flooded quarry attracts kingfisher, little grebes and peregrine falcons. Eleven different species of bat, including greater and lesser horseshoes and Natterer's, find roosts in the buildings and tunnels.


Be aware

Access to the nature reserve is limited to a footpath which passes through. Deep water filled former quarry workings and buildings mean that wider access is not permitted.

Species and habitats

Grassland, Standing water, Woodland
Barbastelle Bat, Brown Long-eared Bat

Nearby nature reserves

Halwill Junction
8 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Bellever Moor and Meadows
11 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Meeth Quarry
12 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

6 miles south west of Okehampton
Nr Okehampton
Map reference
SX 523 892
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Opening Times
No access between April and July
8.50 hectares
Permit required

Permit required, contact the Trust. Access to the bridleway that bisects the site is permitted. No access between April and July. Dangers due to old quarry. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
Dangers due to old quarry.
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Devon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01392 279244


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