Nosterfield Quarry NR

West Tanfield

Owned and manage d by The Lower Ure Conservation trust

Site Details

Recorders: Emma Higgs Distande 3052m Walk Time 40mins

Nosterfield Nature Reserve is 150 acres of wet grassland and open water situated between the Rivers Ure and Swale. it is the underlying magnesian limestone and its associated aquifer which makes the location special and one of the best wetland grasslands in NortH yorkshire. There is a dramatic rise and fall in the water levels, associated with the natural water table and rainfall, resulting in typically 2.5 m per year. Sand and gravel were produced from a former quarry here until the late 1980s. It was designated a reserve in 2001 and is the only Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in the Hambleton District.


S1 is an old fields system with the usual grassland species and Orange Tip

S2 has by far the highest counts and is partly woodland edge and abounds with Ringlet, Speckled Wood and a few Vanessids particularly Red Admiral and occasional Holy Blue and Orange Tip

S3 we pass between the two lakes with exposed Limestone and good number of Brown Argus Brimstone Comma and even Small Heath and Wall are seen.

S4 also has Brown Argus and Brimstone S% is similar with small counts

S4 is good for grassland species and damp areas favour Green viened white an dringlet

Results: 2021