Portland Tout

Former quarry on Isle of Portland now a haven for wildlife

Portland ToutA fascinating site, showing man's impact on the land and how it can be good (as well as bad) for wildlife.

Site Details


On the west side of Portland


Butterfly species include

  • Dingy Skipper
  • Silver-studded Blue (low numbers)
  • Small Copper
  • Common Blue
  • Chalkhill Blue
  • Grayling
Chalkhill Blue
Moth species -  
Other species -  
Habitat type

Ex quarry.

Portland Tout


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 microclimates, often significantly warmer than the surrounding land. This can be good for butterflies, who need to be warm to fly.


The entrance is at the end of the Tradecroft Industrial Estate Road. This is a turning off Wide Street which leaves the Heights Hotel roundabout.

Grid Ref SY685724

Portland Tout
Owned by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Portland Tout