This small area of disused quarryland is a haven for wildflowers and butterflies. Its tree and scrub cover is also very important for migrating birds.
The limestone grassland of the reserve provides rich array of wildflowers (eg. Birds-foot Trefoil, Horseshoe Vetch and Kidney Vetch) for butterflies and suitable conditions for other insects such as the Grey Bush-cricket. The sheltering copse of sycamores is important for migrating birds arriving or leaving via Portland and the shelterd tall grass is one of best sites on island for glow worms. Management is carried out to stop the scrub encroaching onto the grassland.
Area: 1.2 hectares (c. 3 acres)
- The reserve lies above the Museum car-park, on the western side of Pennsylvania Road, Easton, on the Isle of Portland.
- Take the A354 onto Portland and through Easton
- Continue along Wakeham to its end
- The public car park is on the right-hand side of the road opposite Pennsylvania Castle.
- Grid Reference: SY 695 713 Ordnance Survey Map: 194
Notable nearby sites
Portland Bill, Broadcroft Quarry, Tout Quarry, East Weares.
Easton and Wakeham can be readily reached by the frequent buses servicing Portland from Weymouth, where the main rail line from London Waterloo terminates.
Site access and safety
The reserve can be reached via steep but firm steps from the car-park. A more level entranceway to the reserve is on its western side off the track running north from Perrfields Quarry works to Easton Square.
Paths can be uneven and covered with loose stones, and the edges of the reserve drop away steeply.
Most ticks are little more than an irritation, but a few can transmit Lyme disease, a rare and potentially serious illness which is treatable with antibiotics if diagnosed early. It is therefore important to be informed and take some simple precautions.
Nigel Spring, Reserves Manager - tel: 01963 23559 or 07981 776 767 (mobile)