Minchinhampton Common, Minchinhampton

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Minchinhampton Common is a 182.7 ha biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Gloucestershire, notified in 1972.The site is owned and managed by the National Trust. The common is one of the largest grassland commons in the Cotswold area. It is south of Rodborough Common SSSI. Both commons are on Jurassic limestone and are a central plateau with steep sides. They drop down to the Nailsworth valley on the west side and the Frome valley on the north side. The site designation includes the outlying areas of Iron Mills and Littleworth Commons. Neu-Lindsey Nature Reserve adjoins the western edge of Minchinhampton Common.Minchinhampton Common is of both geological and biological importance. There are disused quarries near the centre which provide fossil evidence for research purposes. It is unimproved, herb-rich grassland. There are five units of assessmentGeologyThe quarries are one of the most important Bathonian research sites in the United Kingdom. The fossil limestones provide examples of various marine species including bivalve and gastropod fauna including limpets and thick-shelled sea snails, coral, crustaceans and reptiles. The site provides opportunities for significant further research on the local rock strata of the Minchinhampton and Burleigh limestones, and the relationship to the Bathonian successions to the east and south.
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  • July 11, 2017
    I used to walk my dog here a lot, was a bit sad that so many do not pick up after their dogs. But a lovely view, and very nice early in the morn, or at sunset.  more »
  • July 2, 2017
    This is an area where skylarks and orchids abound and there are fantastic views in all directions. Children can play in the old quarries and on the slopes - avoiding cow pats in the summer months. Nea...  more »
  • June 24, 2017
    Cattle and sheep have right of way - as they should. Not only is the common lovely and there appears to have been a hill fort here - but also the views are stunning  more »

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