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Kiplingcotes Chalk Pit Nature Reserve

Type:Nature Reserve

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This disued quarry is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its chalk grassland.
Nestled in a narrow Wolds valley Kiplingcotes Chalk pit provides a haven for chalk-loving plant and animal species.

As vegetation colonises the bare chalk, different wildlife communities spring up as succession takes places over time. The first ‘pioneer’ species of lichens and moss colonise the quarry face and short-tufted grassland develops on the thin soils of the quarry floor supporting wild pansy, wild thyme and mouse-ear hawkweed. More established grassland on the quarry top supports common and greater knapweed, field scabious and burnet saxifrage.

Ant hills built by yellow meadow ants are scattered across the nature reserve and are characterised by being covered by springy beds of wild thyme – very fragrant when crushed. Some of these ant hills can be decades old and in the wider countryside are only found in areas that are not damaged by ploughing or mechanical cutting.

The nationally scarce red hemp-nettle is found here, as is a large population of basil thyme, which has undergone a huge decline in the UK. Butterflies typical of chalky soils occur in good numbers on the nature reserve including marbled white. Blackcap, bullfinch, and linnet can be found in the scrub, whereas in winter migrant birds pass through feeding on berries.

The diversity of flora supports an equally diverse fauna. Butterflies include marbled white, common blue and dingy skipper. Birds common on the reserve include yellowhamme, goldfinch, linnet and tree sparrow. Small mammals include long-tailed field mouse and common shrew. . A walk to the top of this old quarry will reward with lovely views back along the valley. This reserve lies alongside the Hudson Way footpath which traces a former footpath between Market Weighton and Beverley.

Walking trails:
East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC)-managed Hudson Way rail trail - from Market Weighton to Beverley.
Access:
Steep/uneven terrain. Access is on foot only from the nearby Hudson Way car park.
Grazing animals:
Hebridean Sheep and Exmoor Ponies
Dogs:
No dogs permitted

Facilities

Children

  • Children welcome

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Grounds for outdoor activities

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Smoking not allowed

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Map & Directions

Spring Road, Market Weighton, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO43 3NA
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Opening Times

* Opening times: Open at all times
Best time to visit: March to September

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