Portishead Pier to Black Nore SSSI

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Portishead Pier to Black Nore
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Rocky shoreline.
Portishead Pier to Black Nore SSSI is located in Somerset
Portishead Pier to Black Nore SSSI
Shown within Somerset
Area of Search Avon
Grid reference ST474778
Coordinates 51°29′48″N 2°45′33″W / 51.49668°N 2.75911°W / 51.49668; -2.75911Coordinates: 51°29′48″N 2°45′33″W / 51.49668°N 2.75911°W / 51.49668; -2.75911
Interest Geological
Area 71.8 hectares (0.718 km2; 0.277 sq mi)
Notification 1952 (1952)
Natural England website

Portishead Pier to Black Nore SSSI (grid reference ST474778) is a 71.8 hectare geological Site of Special Scientific Interest near the town of Portishead in North Somerset, notified in 1952.

The Portishead Pier Section is made up of alluvial sandstones which represents the best exposure of Upper Carboniferous rocks in the Avonmouth Coalfield. The cliff and foreshore exposures around Portishead Point provide important exposures of geological structures form during the Variscan mountain building episode (orogeny) in the Carboniferous Period of geological history. Also included are areas which show important exposures of the Devonian sequence and yields several species of fossil fishes. Holoptychius scales are the most abundant fossils, but teeth scales of other species are also relatively common. Notably amongst the collection from this bed are plates of arthrodires, including Groenlandaspis.[1]

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