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Butterflies and plants, Bishop Middleham Quarry

Bee Orchid, East Cramlington © Olive Taylor

Saturday 10 June, 11 am-3pm

Join Dr Gordon Port to explore Bishop Middleham Quarry, a disused Magnesian limestone quarry now managed as a nature reserve by Durham Wildlife Trust.  It has a wide range of attractive flowering plants including Pyramidal, Common Spotted, Fragrant and Bee Orchids, Dark Red Helleborine, Common Rock-rose, Fairy Flax and other limestone species.  If we are lucky enough to have a fine day, several species of butterfly should be flying, including Northern Brown Argus, Ringlet, Common Blue and Small Heath.

The reserve is situated half a mile north of Bishop Middleham village, to the west of the A177 at grid reference NZ331326 (OS Explorer 305  Landranger 93). Parking in two small roadside lay-bys near reserve entrance and is limited, so car-sharing would be an advantage. Access to the quarry floor is by way of steep steps, but otherwise walking is level although may be rough underfoot.