Cook's Wood Quarry

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Cook's Wood Quarry
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Cook's Wood Quarry is located in Somerset
Cook's Wood Quarry
Location within Somerset
Area of SearchSomerset
Grid referenceST669479
Coordinates51°13′46″N 2°28′32″W / 51.22932°N 2.47542°W / 51.22932; -2.47542Coordinates: 51°13′46″N 2°28′32″W / 51.22932°N 2.47542°W / 51.22932; -2.47542
Area0.8 hectares (0.0080 km2; 0.0031 sq mi)
Notification1988 (1988)
Natural England website

Cook's Wood Quarry also known as Holcombe Quarry (grid reference ST669479) is a 0.8 hectare geological Site of Special Scientific Interest near Stoke St Michael on the Mendip Hills in Somerset, notified in 1988.

This is a Geological Conservation Review Site. This site partially overlaps with St. Dunstan's Well Catchment SSSI.

The main exposures are cut in very steeply-dipping Carboniferous Limestone. This was the original locality for the type section of the proposed ‘Cookswoodian Stage’.

9 species of Bat, Dormice and 4 species of Newts including the rare Great Crested Newt reside in Cooks Wood Quarry.[1]

Planning permission for the disused quarry has been granted to turn it into a holiday retreat.[2][3]

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  1. ^ "SSSI citation sheet" (PDF). English Nature. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Holiday park plans for disused Somerset quarry". BBC. 3 August 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Giant £45m holiday park to be built on outskirts of Shepton Mallet with spa and outdoor activities". Shepton Mallet Journal. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2016.

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