Marford Quarry Nature Reserve

Marford Quarry Nature Reserve

Marford Quarry

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

Location

2.5 miles north northeast of Wrexham
Springfield Lane


Marford
Wrexham
LL12 8TG

OS Map Reference

SJ 357 563
A static map of Marford Quarry

Know before you go

Size
11 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Parking is available either side of the bridge on Springfield Lane

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

A network of paths over uneven ground

Access

Assisted access path suitable for wheelchair users, access by Radar key off Springfield Lane

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

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About the reserve

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 Astragalus glycyphyllos, green flowered helleborine Epipactis phyllanthes, bee orchids Ophrys apifera, pyramidal orchids Anacamptis pyramidalis  and common twayblade Neottia ovata . The also has a healthy population of slow worms Anguis fragilis.

Contact us

North Wales Wildlife Trust - Graham Berry
Contact number: 01248 351541

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)