Minera Quarry

Minera Quarry nature reserve

Minera Quarry nature reserve - Simon Mills

Pyramidal orchid

Pyramidal orchid - Paul Lane

Minera Quarry Nature Reserve

© NWWT Caroline Bateson

The new footbridge at Minera Quarry Nature Reserve

The new footbridge at Minera Quarry Nature Reserve © Simon Mills

Brown long-eared bat_Hugh Clark

Brown long-eared bat © Hugh Clark

Tawny owl

Tawny owl © Steve Waterhouse

Peregrine falcon

Peregrine falcon - Mike Snelle

Witness the incredible power of nature as it slowly reclaims this former industrial site. What will Minera Quarry’s next chapter hold?


Minera Quarry Nature Reserve, Maes y Ffynnon Road, Minera,
LL11 3DE

OS Map Reference

OS Explorer Map 256
A static map of Minera Quarry

Know before you go

Entry fee


Grazing animals

Various, all year round


The site is steep with gravelly slopes in places. 


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

With an industrial history spanning over 400 years, this site is arguably as important culturally as it is for wildlife. Originally mined for its lead and later quarried for valuable limestone (until 1994), the reserve now comprises areas at different stages of re-colonisation. Woodland has established in the oldest parts of the quarry whilst bare rock still remains in the most recently worked – scan the open quarry faces for nesting ravens and raptors. In summer, the lime-rich soils create grassland filled with colour, where many species of orchid flourish alongside other rare and threatened plant species such as moonwort and pale toadflax. A staggering variety of rare invertebrates (butterflies, bees, flies, moths and beetles) inhabit the bare gravely ground and grassland areas, including mountain bumblebee, grayling and belted clearwing moth. The songs of spotted flycatcher, redstart and blackcap accompany a walk through the woodland and, in the evening, the characteristic ‘twit twoo’ of tawny owls can be heard. 

Did you know?
Minera Quarry is a renowned geological site. A 440 million-year-old seabed can be seen just beyond the pond and fossils can be seen throughout – look closely at the boulders about 100m from the entrance on the main track.

From the A483, just West of Wrexham, take the A525 toward Ruthin. Follow the road through Coedpoeth and, as you leave the village, turn Left onto the B5426 (signposted Minera/World’s End). Take the Right directly opposite Minera Aided Primary School, continue past St Mary’s Church and head around a sharp left bend. Take the first Left onto Maes-y-Ffynnon Road and follow it until you come to the reserve’s small car park (SJ 258 519).

Contact us

Jordan Hurst
Contact number: 01248 351541

Environmental designation

Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

butterfly & orchid_ Ross Hoddinott.

Tawny owl © Steve Waterhouse


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The new footbridge at Minera Quarry Nature Reserve © Simon Mills

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