Tuthill Quarry

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Coordinates: 54°46′48″N 1°23′51″W / 54.78000°N 1.39750°W / 54.78000; -1.39750
Tuthill Quarry
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Country England
Region North East
District Easington
Location NZ388429
 - coordinates 54°46′48″N 1°23′51″W / 54.78000°N 1.39750°W / 54.78000; -1.39750
Area 10.71 ha (26.46 acres)
Notification 1994
Management Natural England
Area of Search County Durham
Interest Biological
Map of England and Wales with a red dot representing the location of the Tuthill Quarry SSSI, Co Durham
Location of Tuthill Quarry SSSI, Co Durham
Website: Map of site

Tuthill Quarry is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Easington district of north-east County Durham, England. It lies just over 1 km east of the village of Haswell.

The site occupies part of a disused quarry, in which have developed areas of primary and secondary magnesian limestone grassland. Such grassland is largely confined to County Durham and increasingly scarce even there. The grasslands at Tuthill Quarry are typical of the type, being characterised by the presence of blue moor-grass, Sesleria albicans, and small scabious, Scabiosa columbaria, but a number of less common species are also present, including common butterwort, Pinguicula vulgaris, and adder's-tongue fern, Ophioglossum vulgatum. There is a small patch of the nationally scarce bird's-eye primrose, Primula farinosa, and one of the few records from lowland Durham of lesser clubmoss, Selaginella selaginoides, is from this site.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tuthill Quarry". English Nature. 1994. Retrieved 1 August 2010.