Broadcroft Quarry Nature Reserve
A disused quarry now a superb wildlife site managed by Butterfly Conservation Dorset.
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Broadcroft Quarry Nature Reserve: wild and scruffy -
Broadcroft Quarry is a wonderfully untidy place! In our neat and ordered world untidy places are priceless and their chaos is, to my mind anyway, really refreshing and natural.
I suppose Broadcroft Quarry is not actually a natural environment being an area human kind has exploited for mineral extraction in the past but since it was left to its own devices nature has set about recolonising it with grasses and flowers thriving in the thin soil layer. It is even more unnatural as, despite the untidy appearance, it is still a site managed by human beings under the guise of British Butterfly Conservation. Mercifully, of course, this latter management is directly aimed at retaining the site for butterflies in particular, and for nature in general, and our sincere thanks should go to the volunteers who keep this an untidy place ideally suited to our insects that are too readily excluded from much our world by our passion for tidiness.
In mid-summer it is well worth fighting your way through the Weymouth traffic and making your way on to Portland. Portland itself is a unique area and Broadcroft Quarry is one of several places well worth a visit on the isle. There is another Butterfly Conservation reserve just across the road at Perryfields. Broadcroft Quarry covers quite a large area and has an interesting and diverse species list. In my view it is a top site!
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Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland
Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland
Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland
Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland
Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland
Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Festuca ovina - Pilosella officinarum - Thymus polytrichum [Sheeps Fescue/Mouse-ear hawkweed/Wild Thyme] grassland
Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland
Festuca ovina - Calluna vulgaris [Sheeps Fescue/Ling] grassland