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8 November 2016

Plump Hill Autumn Gentian site and Quarry

Grid Ref SO660168


On Plump Hill, near to Mitcheldean, is Edgehills Quarry which is a geological site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). There is an open exposure through 75 metres of Drybrook Sandstone. The sandstones include good sedimentary structures and fossil traces which indicate a shallow marine environment.

Some of the team raked the strimmed grass from the limestone top to benefit the Autumn Gentian, whist others cleared the overgrown bramble from the escarpment.







The quarry and sandstone face are in the background. The team are removing the invasive bramble and bushes. There are obvious signs of the wild boar churning up the ground here.





This is the view of the team with the bonfire from the top of the sandstone face and the distance across the old quarry is extensive.





At the end of the day, the fire burns down and the site is better prepared for future wild flowers.