Alderton Hill Quarry
|Site of Special Scientific Interest|
The location - Alderton Hill
|Area of Search||Gloucestershire|
|Natural England website|
Alderton Hill Quarry (grid reference SP006345) is a 0.34-hectare (0.84-acre) geological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Gloucestershire, notified in 1997. It is a Geological Conservation Review (GCR) site.
Location and geology
The site is a significant location for research because of its well preserved Lower Jurassic insect fauna. There is a range of publications which detail the findings on this site, which include fossil insects. Particular findings are specimens of dragonflies, Gomphites and a large cockroach. Fish remains have been found, and well preserved cephalopods.
The discoveries are usually more complete than those from comparable localities. This is an important paleoentomological locality for research into the anatomy and evolution of early insect faunas.
- Natural England SSSI information on the citation
- Natural England SSSI information on the Alderton Hill Quarry unit
- Natural England (SSSI information)
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