Sunday 21st July 2019, 11:00am-4:00pm

Longcliffe Brassington Matlock Derbyshire DE4 4HN


  • Ken Orpe or Ray Walker
  • Ken Orpe: or call Ray Walker: 01335 390 584.

53.1070574, -1.6505359

Join the East Midlands Branch at Derbyshire's only butterfly reserve for a day of guided butterfly walks, ice-cream, cake and a chance to take part in the Big Butterfly Count - a free day out for the whole family!

Dingy Skipper - Iain H Leach
Dingy Skipper butterfly by Iain H Leach

Branch members will be on hand to give people a tour of Hoe Grange Quarry - a limestone quarry that was left to wildlife in the 1970's and where 26 species of butterfly have been recorded, included the Dingy Skipper, Wall and Small Heath.

There have also been sightings of two Peak District specialty species - the Dark Green Fritillary and the Peak District version of the Brown Argus.

Hoe Grange is also home to a large colony of Common Blue butterflies and more than 100 macro moths have been recorded at the site. Big Butterfly Count ID charts will be handed out on the day, so families can have a go at spotting butterflies. 

Please note that dogs are not allowed.

Hoe Grange Quarry
Hoe Grange Quarry by Ken Orpe

Directions: Proceed to the crossroads in the centre of Longcliffe village and park in the adjacent Office Car Park of Longcliffe Quarries DE4 4HN - transport will then be available to take visitors to and from the nearby Nature Reserve.

Hoe Grange is owned by Longcliffe Quarries Ltd and is jointly managed by Butterfly Conservation's East Midlands Branch and the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

For more information, please email Ken Orpe or call the Reserve Warden, Ray Walker, on 01335 390584.