Browns Hill

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Browns Hill: Brown's Hill Quarry offers a fascinating variety of open grassland species colonising the weathered slopes and spoil heaps. The orchid community, which includes the largest single colony of bee orchids in Leicestershire, also includes common spotted-orchids and common twayblade. Other plants of particular interest include red valerian, and a variety of hawkweeds. Where the succession is more advanced, rose and hawthorn occur.

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Leicestershire, England, Great Britain, UK, Europe
North Quarry, Browns Hill Quarry, Holwell Mineral Line


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North Quarry

This site is mainly grassland with bare rock face and quarry spoil, the wildflowers found onsite attract many different butterflies.
This site is situated close to Brown's Hill Quarry.

Holwell Mineral Line

This old railway line has evolved to comprise a variety of habitats including rough grassland, scrub, young woodland, marsh, streams and ditches.


How to get here


The reserve lies about 5 km north of Melton Mowbray. From the town centre, take the Scalford Road. After 3 km, turn left and take the first right. Cross a cattle grid and enter a section of unfenced road. After 0.5 km, the road forks and the reserve entrance is on the left near the fork.


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Address: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, Brocks Hill Environment Centre, Washbrook Lane, Oadby, Leicestershire, LE2 5JJ, UK
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