22 February 2010

The Land That Time Forgot III

The third area of limestone extraction very close to home is that of Crickheath Hill, which is riddled by quarries of the smaller sort, heavily blanketed in hart's tongue ferns and ivy, and which reward careful exploration. There are dilapidated quarrying buildings and partially blocked adits to be found, and the area is rich with wildlife, which benefits from the various pools that form between the quarry faces and spoil heaps. There is much evidence of badgers (Meles meles) - setts, latrines, and even a skull, evincing the typically pronounced saggital crest to which are anchored the powerful jaw muscles.

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