Broadcroft Quarry Nature Reserve

 A disused quarry now a superb wildlife site managed by Butterfly Conservation Dorset.

 

Site Name Broadcroft Quarry Nature Reserve
Protection
  • Butterfly Conservation
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
3
County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetbutterflies.com/places/broadcroft-quarry/
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1000128…
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Broadcroft Quarry Nature Reserve

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!  

Broadcroft Quarry Nature Reserve

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Butterfly Conservation, Site of Scientific Interest
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These are the habitat types that MAY be present on the site based on the species recorded there (top 10 only shown):
Phase 1 Habitat Types Description No of Species
H6

Sand Dunes

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

11
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

8
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

8
J3

Built-up areas

7
A2

Scrub

6
These are the number of species for NVC codes on the site - it DOES NOT mean that the NVC community is actually present on the site: it might be! (Top 10 only shown):
NVC Community Description No of Species
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

15
MG05

Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland

13
CG02

Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland

13
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

13
W10

Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland

12
W08

Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland

12
CG07

Festuca ovina - Pilosella officinarum - Thymus polytrichum [Sheeps Fescue/Mouse-ear hawkweed/Wild Thyme] grassland

11
W09

Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland

11
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

10
CG01

Festuca ovina - Calluna vulgaris [Sheeps Fescue/Ling] grassland

9
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The number of species recorded per species group: