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Stenders Quarry

A great place to explore if you love both geological features, fossils and wildlife as the reserve is an SSSI for it's important geological features and the sheltered, sunny position makes it an ideal location for grassland butterflies and scrub-loving birds.

The steep dip of the quarry shows a wide range of rock types close to together. Excellent exposures of fossiliferous Lower Carbonifierous limstone shales are the best in the Forest of Dean. Their junctions with the Old Red Sandstone and with part of the Lower Dolomite formation are visible. The rocks have yielded fossils of sea lilies, water fleas and shellfish; these last are particularly apparent to the visitor.

Great spotted woodpecker, gold-crest and numerous scrub-loving birds visit the reserve, resting amongst wild cherry, pendunculate oak, ash and wych elm. A good range of plants have colonised the shallow limestone soils including a fine show of common spotted orchid, and autumn gentian in late summer. The loose rocks and short grassland are ideal for snails, and host many species uncommon in the Forest of Dean and the banks and rocks bear a rich variety of mosses and liverworts.



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Plump Hill Dolomite Quarry
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
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Edgehills Bog
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Reserve information

Just west of Mitcheldean on the south side of the Drybrook Road.
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Great for...
geological interest
Best time to visit
Mar - Sep
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Open at all times
2.80 hectares

Walking information
Entry to the reserve is up steep steps.
Car parking is very limited along the road
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333