Countryside and nature reserves - Magdalen Quarry

Record details

Site

Magdalen Quarry

Overview

Nestled in the middle of Headington and close to Recreation Grounds at Margaret Road and Quarry Hollow, Magdalen Quarry is a wonderful example of Oxford's Jurassic history and geology.

The 0.4ha site is accredited with SSSI status for the quarry face and LNR for the biodiversity.

Location
Boundaries
How to get there

The post code for Magdalen Quarry is OX3 8LW.

Access is by foot or cycle from Gladstone Road and William Kimber Crescent. Turn left before No.38 and the quarry is just behind the house.  

History

This quarry was the last to be worked in Headington and has provided an insight into the geology going back to Upper Jurassic time. 
During this time Oxford and the surrounding areas were covered by sea water, and indications show the presence of a coral reef nearby.Evidence of this can be found at the exposed coral reef at Rock Edge LNR, also in Headington.

Things to do

Take a look at the quarry wall for evidence of Jurassic sea creatures and fossils.

Volunteering
We offer regular volunteering opportunities or working parties across Oxford. If you would like to find out more, visit our volunteering page. 

Biodiversity

Surveys have identified the following at Magdalen Quarry:

  • Harvest Mouse
  • Watervole
  • Wild flower Meadow
  • Wildlife Hedgerow