Miller’s Dale Quarry

A quick reminder for next time – AVOID VISTING AT WEEKENDS

The quarry is a superb, wildlife reserve managed by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. Unfortunately it’s adjacent to the Monsal Trail – a former railway line now used for speed testing mini motorbikes. The noise bouncing back off the quarry cliff face is deafening. It even drowned out the cries from the young Kestrels on the cliff face.

Highlights at this time of the year were the masses of Chalk Fragrant Orchids, Dark Green Fritillaries and the various herbs. Quite a heady scent on a warm summer’s afternoon (would be better without the addition of 2 stroke fumes). Perhaps unsurprisingly the Fritillaries wouldn’t settle therefore no photo’s.

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Male Common Blue on Birds Foot Trefoil

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Large Skipper

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Thyme

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Marjoram

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Chalk Fragrant Orchid

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Toadflax

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Wild Strawberry