Haresfield Beacon

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Haresfield Beacon
Site of Special Scientific Interest
View from Haresfield Beacon - geograph.org.uk - 1120282.jpg
View from Haresfield Beacon
Haresfield Beacon is located in Gloucestershire
Haresfield Beacon
Location within Gloucestershire
Area of SearchGloucestershire
Grid referenceSO819088
Coordinates51°46′41″N 2°15′47″W / 51.778022°N 2.263028°W / 51.778022; -2.263028Coordinates: 51°46′41″N 2°15′47″W / 51.778022°N 2.263028°W / 51.778022; -2.263028
Area0.73 hectare
Natural England website

Haresfield Beacon (grid reference SO819088) is a 0.73-hectare (1.8-acre) geological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Gloucestershire, notified in 1985.[1] The site is listed in the ‘Stroud District’ Local Plan, adopted November 2005, Appendix 6 (online for download) as an SSSI and a Regionally Important Geological Site (RIGS).[2]

Location and geology[edit]

The site was formerly called Haresfield Hill and is considered a classic site of significant importance for its Jurassic rocks. The site includes the Cotswold Cephalopod Bed of the Upper Lias, and the scissum Beds of the Inferior Oolite. Its most important significance is the rich fossil fauna exposed for research purposes and dating the succession.[1]


SSSI Source[edit]

External links[edit]

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