ENVIRONMENT

We are working hard to ensure that quarried out land is restored to natural limestone grassland (calcareous grassland) and to this end have a five phase programme in place.

Phase one was completed in 2011.

SSSI

Working with Natural England and why our quarry is a designated Site of Specific Scientific Interest.

Clipsham Old Quarry contains important exposures of Lincolnshire Limestone and some of the best areas of species-rich limestone grassland in the County.

Biological interest:

The old workings support stands of dense hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) scrub and some developing ash (Fraxinus excelsior) woodland. There are several areas of well-developed limestone grassland dominated by tor-grass (Brachypodiumpinnatum), yellow oat-grass (Trisetum flavescens) and narrow-leaved meadow-grass (Poa angustifolia).

A good range of lime-loving herbs are present including dwarf thistle (Cirsium acaule), marjoram (Origanum vulgare), common rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium), yellow-wort (Blackstonia perfoliata), autumn gentian (Gentianella amarella), common-spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii), bee orchid (Ophrys apifera), greater butterfly orchid (Platanthera chlorantha), basil thyme (Acinosarvensis) and pyramidal orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis), the latter two being rare in Rutland.

Shrubs, such as hawthorn and sweet briar (Rosa rubiginosa) are scattered throughout the grassy areas, providing support for climbing plants such as the locally uncommon wood vetch (Vicia sylvatica). Recently extracted spoil heaps support other locally uncommon species such as round-leaved fluellen (Kickxia spuria), viper’s-bugloss (Echium vulgare), deadly nightshade, (Atropa belladonna) and the nationally scarce mat-grass fescue (Nardurus maritimus).

Clipsham Old Quarry is one of the few sites in Rutland where slow-worms breed. The scrub within the quarry also provides suitable nesting habitat for a variety of birds including tree pipit, grasshopper warbler and sedge warbler.

Geological interest:

Clipsham Quarry has excellent exposures of the Middle and Upper Lincolnshire Limestone, and is particularly important for the interpretation of the internal stratigraphy of the middle part of the Formation, showing marked differences in lithology in relation to the more northerly outcrops. It is a key site for sedimentological and lithostratigraphic studies.

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