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Scully Grove Quarry

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Grid reference  SO657186
Area of search  Gloucestershire
Interest  Geological
Notification  1974
Scully Grove Quarry

Scully Grove Quarry (grid reference SO657186) is a 0.4-hectare (0.99-acre) geological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Gloucestershire, notified in 1974.

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The site is listed in the 'Forest of Dean Local Plan Review' as a Key Wildlife Site (KWS).

Location and geologyEdit

The quarry is in the north of the Forest of Dean near Mitcheldean, and is important for its unique features. The basal rock exposed is Crease Limestone which has been replaced as dolomite. It represents a shallow water high energy deposit on a carbonate tamp. There is Whitehead Limestone (Chadian/Arundian) of up to 25 m depth above the Crease Limestone. This shows a peritidal phase of deposition, and includes algal laminates, oncoid beds, thin soils and other features of a significant quality for research purposes. Above this is a small amount of fluvial deposits of the Drybrook Sandstone.

ConservationEdit

Natural England reported in March 2009 that scrub control was necessary to protect this site of geological interest.

SSSI SourceEdit

  • Natural England SSSI information on the citation
  • Natural England SSSI information on the Scully Grove Quarry unit
  • References

    Scully Grove Quarry Wikipedia


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