Alderton Hill Quarry
|Site of Special Scientific Interest|
The location - Alderton Hill
|Area of Search||Gloucestershire|
|Natural England website|
Alderton Hill Quarry (grid reference ) 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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