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Flodden Quarry

The reserve consists of a disused quarry with two main faces. It is one of the few sites in the county showing good exposures of andesite lava. The lower face is variable andesite-dacite and the upper mainly purple porphyritic andesite with amygdaloidal patches.

The floor of the lower bench contains gorse, elder, hawthorn and broom scrub with elm and ash. The upper bench supports grazed bentfescue grassland. On the quarry faces grow polypody fern, common stork's-bill, dove's-foot crane's-bill, harebell and bluebell. The quarry faces north and is locally wet - these factors may be responsible for the good bryophyte and lichen flora. The site is managed in partnership with Ford and Etal Estates.

Species and habitats

Grassland, Woodland
Gorse, Elder, Hawthorn, Broom, Stork's-bill, Harebell, Bluebell

Nearby nature reserves

Ford Moss
4 miles - Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Hoselaw Loch and Din Moss
7 miles - Scottish Wildlife Trust
Yetholm Loch
8 miles - Scottish Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

7km west of Ford, near Blinkbonny
Milfield village
NE71 6HU
Map reference
NT 913 358
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0.40 hectares
Permit required

Permit required to access – please contact the Trust on 0191 284 6884 for more information.
Walking information
Access is along the footpath from Blinkbonny
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Northumberland Wildlife Trust
Tel: (0191) 284 6884