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Marford Quarry

Old sand and gravel quarry with grassland and scrub; excellent for wildflowers and butterflies

This old sand and gravel quarry was the source of the aggregate for the construction of the Mersey Tunnel.  It is now a SSSI and most noted for its invertebrates and wild flowers. Over 110 species of bees, wasps and ants have been recorded including rare solitary and spider hunting wasp species.  Over 30 species of butterflies have been recorded and 300 species of plants including the rare wild liquorice, green flowered helleborine, bee orchids, pyramidal orchids and common twayblades. The site also has a healthy population of slow worms.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Woodland
Species
White-letter Hairstreak, Wild liquorice, Bee Orchid

Nearby nature reserves

Three Cornered Meadow
3 miles - North Wales Wildlife Trust
Hockenhull Platts
9 miles - Cheshire Wildlife Trust
Aberduna
10 miles - North Wales Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
2.5 miles north northeast of Wrexham, Springfield Lane
Marford
Wrexham
LL12 8TG
Map reference
SJ357563
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
10.52 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
A network of paths over uneven ground, assisted access path suitable for wheelchair users, access by Radar key off Springfield Lane.
Parking
Parking is available either side of the bridge on Springfield lane.
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
North Wales Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01352 755472
nwwt@wildlifetrustswales.org