Annesley Woodhouse Quarry

Annesley Woodhouse Quarry Steve Hammond

© Steve Hammond

Kidney Vetch Steve Hammond

© Steve Hammond

Annesley Woodhouse Quarry sheep cpt Simon Griffiths

© Simon Griffiths

Annesley Woodhouse Quarry

Restored quarries can make fantastic spaces for wildlife and this species rich grassland site covering just over 2.25 hectares was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1981.

The site sits on an outcrop of Magnesian Limestone that only breaks the surface on a handful of sites across the country. The limestone strip was formed 260-285million years ago in the then Zeichstein Sea, when the UK was in sub tropical latitudes and it spanned as far as modern day Poland.


Salmon Lane
Kirkby in Ashfield
NG17 9LA

OS Map Reference

A static map of Annesley Woodhouse Quarry

Know before you go

2 hectares

Entry fee

Access by permit only

Parking information

Parking for a small number of vehicles can be found in a lay-by near the south western corner of the reserve (SK487532).

Grazing animals

On occasion there are grazing animals present. Signs will be put up on gates and entrances as and when they are present. Usually Hebridean sheep conservation graze the site. Please keep dogs on a lead at all times when the sheep are on site and away from the livestock.


If you have a permit, two stiles can be used for access to the reserve, the first being on Salmon Lane, on the south western corner of the reserve. The second stile is on the north-eastern corner of the reserve located on a public right of way from Annesley Woodhouse.


Under effective control
Dogs are allowed if under effective control and on a lead at all times when the sheep are grazing.

When to visit

Opening times

Access by permit only

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

This site is one of the country's finest remaining areas of unimproved Magnesian Limestone grassland and interesting plant species include rockrose, bee orchid and common spotted orchid. A range of birds breed on the site, including willow warbler and redpoll. There is also a wide range of invertebrates, including butterflies.

Contact us

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0115 958 8242
Contact email:

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map