Track leading towards the sea and cliffs

Tout Quarry. Photo: Lawrie de Whalley

A fascinating site, showing man's impact on the land and how it can be good (as well as bad) for wildlife. Tout used to be a quarry. Since it has ceased to be dug, the land has reverted to the 'wild', with the quarry areas forming some wonderful micro-climates, often significantly warmer than the surrounding land. This can be good for butterflies, who need to be warm to fly.

For more info visit: Official Portland Tout website

Habitat and features

Former limestone quarry

What to see

Butterflies

Dingy Skipper, Silver-studded Blue, Small Copper, Common Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Grayling

Photo gallery

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Ownership

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council