Sourton Quarry Lake in Autumn

Sourton Quarry. Photo, Liz Snell

Sourton Quarry

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

Location

6 miles south west of Okehampton

Nr Okehampton
Devon

OS Map Reference

SX 523 892
A static map of Sourton Quarry

Know before you go

Size
9 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

Dangers due to old quarry.

Access

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

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

No access between April and July

Best time to visit

August - March

About the reserve

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.

Contact us

Devon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01392 279244

Location map

Sourton Quarry nature reserve leaflet

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