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Penny Hill Bank

A remnant of limestone grassland which is great for flowers, butterflies and other insects.

 The lime-rich soil at Penny Hill Bank is thin and stony but this sheltered grassland is rich with flowers.  About 180 species of flower have been recorded here including bee, pyramidal and greater butterfly orchids, twayblade, dyer’s greenweed, autumn felwort, ploughman’s spikenard rock-rose, and red bartsia.  Several mosses that are uncommon in Worcestershire are found on the site.

This rich flora is excellent for insects from grasshoppers to butterflies.  Visitors should look out for wood white, brown argus, green hairstreak and dingy skipper butterflies.  A large number of moths has been recorded including burnets and lead belle moth.  Common footman caterpillars have been seen feeding on lichens.

The reserve is rich in snails – a favourite of glow-worm larvae which can be found here.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland
Species
Rock-rose, Carline Thistle, Dyer's Greenweed, Glow-worm

Nearby nature reserves

Monkwood
3 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Page's Pasture
5 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Hanley Dingle
5 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
On east slopes of Penny Hill, north of Martley
Worcester
Worcestershire
WR6 6QN
Map reference
SO 754 616
Best time to visit
May - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
0.90 hectares
Access
Yes

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Parking
Parking limited to nearby roadsides
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Dominique Cragg
Tel: 01905 754919
dom@worcestershirewildlifetrust.org