Rockhall Wood Pit, Sutton

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Rockhall Wood Pit, Sutton
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Rockhall Wood Pit, Sutton 6.jpg
Area of SearchSuffolk
Grid referenceTM 304 439[1]
InterestGeological
Area5.3 hectares[1]
Notification1986[1]
Location mapMagic Map

Rockhall Wood Pit, Sutton is a 5.3 hectare geological Site of Special Scientific Interest west of Shottisham in Suffolk.[1][2] It is a Geological Conservation Review site both for its quaternary and neogene deposits.[3][4]

This site has excellent exposures of the Pliocene Coralline Crag Formation, with a vertical sequence of diagenetic changes and rich fossil fauna. It is described by Natural England as probably the most important Pliocene site in Britain.[5]

This site is private land, but part has been converted by Geo Suffolk into a 'Pliocene Forest', with trees similar to ones which would have grown in Suffolk four million years ago.[6]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Designated Sites View: Rockhall Wood Pit, Sutton". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Map of Rockhall Wood Pit, Sutton". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Rockhall Wood, Sutton (Neogene)". Geological Conservation Review. Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Rockhall Wood (Quaternary of East Anglia)". Geological Conservation Review. Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Rockhall Wood Pit, Sutton citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Pliocene Forest". Geo Suffolk. Retrieved 26 June 2017.

Coordinates: 52°02′46″N 1°21′29″E / 52.046°N 1.358°E / 52.046; 1.358