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Hills and Holes, Nottinghamshire is the site of a former limestone quarry, in the area of Warsop Vale, Sookholme and Market Warsop, that has begun to revert to a natural area. A visitor could find grassland as well as scrub habitat. The River Meden runs through the site separating it into different areas of habitat that supports a good variety of plant life, along with the birds that have been noted locally. This combined has led to it's being designated as an SSSI.
This location's bird species sightings haven't been recorded on the usual sources, but a locally produced newsletter has done a decent job and will be used as a source along with another Nottinghamshire oriented, nature specific, site .
While the predominant aspect here is the wide variety of plant life, it has also been noted as a good spot for migrating birds.
Species that have been noted locally as sighted here, in addition to those specific species included in the Checklist below, include the Common Kingfisher, Eurasian Wren, European Robin, Eurasian Blackbird, and Common Chiffchaff.
Birds you can see here include:
History and Use
The location is an old quarry site that has, over time, provided stone for local building projects. It's thought the churches in Warsop and Sookholme were built using stone from here. Large scale quarrying seems to have never happened here which has allowed nature to reclaim the area. This led to it being designated as an SSSI – Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Areas of Interest
Of the various points of entry/access here, the better of those, with the best parking, is said to be at either the end of Stonebridge Road or Sookholme Lane off Stonebridge Road at Market Warsop. Directions provided are to leave Mansfield on the A60 heading east, take the first left onto Stonebridge Road after entering Market Warsop. Go the end of the road.
Consult a trusted travel professional for specific, up-to-date information regarding travel to this area.
- eakringbirds.com – Hills and Holes / Nottinghamshire - http://www.eakringbirds.com/eakringbirds5/siteshillsandholes.htm
- Warsop Web - http://www.warsopweb.co.uk/wfcg/HillsHoles/CoW_Area10_Hills_and_Holes.htm
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Hills and Holes. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 5 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Hills_and_Holes
NB: at present (October 2020) all the results are from Hills and Holes in Cambridgeshire
Content and images originally posted by daryl watson