Clints Quarry

Clints Quarry in the afternoon sunshine of November

We were over in Cumbria; Duncan went over to give a talk on our time in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the rest of the family came over at the weekend.  Our Saturday trip out took us to Clints Quarry Nature Reserve, near Egremont; Duncan has known this site since before it became a Cumbria Wildlife Trust reserve in 1984.

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The site is best known for its various orchid species and other limestone plants but November is far from a time to spot these in their colourful glory.  A pair of buzzards were being mobbed by a pair of ravens as we entered the site and there were sightings of a few other smaller birds as we circumnavigated the reserve.

Reflections in the deep pond

The ponds were full of water as were many of the old trackways that carried railway lines to extract the stone; the air was still and the pools provided impressive reflections.  A few plants were still in flower including dog daisy and mouse-eared hawkweed but it was probably the ferns and, sometimes tiny, mosses and lichens that provided the main botanical interest, even if it’s hard to identify them all.

There has been a lot of well needed scrub clearance in the quarry over the past few weeks or months which followed grazing by sheep.  This work should help keep the important grassland areas open and allow the flowers to thrive and, with them, the insect life that makes the site so colourful at other times of year.


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4 Responses to Clints Quarry

  1. Tilly Bud says:

    I was able to see them all.

  2. vivinfrance says:

    so can I now. What did you do?

  3. thehutts says:

    The two inserted photos had been removed from the gallery so they did not appear in the slide-show but we could still see them as they are on our computer. You will see they are now in the slide-show as well. Is there a way of selecting which photos should not appear in the slide-show? Thanks Sally

    • vivinfrance says:

      I don’t know is the short answer to that one. You could try inserting the pictures you don’t want in the slide show first, and then loading the rest into the gallery before clicking on “insert slide show”.

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