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20 December 2011

Ridley Bottom and Tintern Quarry

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We were treated to a Christmas barbecue by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust on this day but, first of all, we had to do some work!

We went to Ridley Bottom to finalise the hedgelaying which had been started in the autumn. There is an ancient caravan at this site which has been used for many years by the volunteers who have worked on the site and it is now in such a state of disrepair that it needs clearing out and removing. We found some old notebooks dating back to 1983 with records of flora and fauna species found at Ridley Bottom which have now been given to GWT.

We then drove to Tintern Quarry where GWT have a depot to store their trailer and tools. Tintern Quarry was begun in 1931 to extract the limestone and closed in 1981 and it is massive - we drove for a good mile until we reached the bottom. Kevin did a super barbecue (no, not out in the open although we are a hardy bunch!) which everyone enjoyed.

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