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Quarry Wood

Explore this wood carefully, it has many stories to tell.

Go to this wood in spring and you find yourself in a flowery bower of rhododendron blossom. Not the conservationist’s favourite plant, rhododendrons are notoriously invasive, while the dense shade cast by their leathery foliage causes woodland plants to wither away. But every plant has its uses and the bushes provide a safe roost for birds in winter. Look out for goldcrest, greater spotted woodpecker and sparrowhawk.

Find the sandstone quarry at the centre of the reserve and you will see pebble beds from ancient rivers in the rock face, formed around 220 million years ago. Fossils and a reconstruction of a small crocodile-like reptile known as Rhynchosaurus that roamed around locally at this time, can be seen in Shrewsbury Museum. Look out for the remains of mediaeval boundaries. Along mounds of earth, trees that were once part of hedgerows grow; their branches twisted, knotted and gnarled. Explore this wood carefully, it has stories to tell.

 

Directions
From the A41 Whitchurch/Newport road take the turning north of Hinstock for Hungry Hatton. Park in the lay-by opposite the reserve. It is shown as High Heath on the OS map.
 

Species and habitats

Habitats
Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Loynton Moss
7 miles - Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
Jackson's Coppice & Marsh
7 miles - Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
Granville Country Park
9 miles - Shropshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
From the A41 Whitchurch/Newport road take the turning north of Hinstock for Hungry Hatton. Park in the lay-by opposite the reserve. It is shown as High Heath on the OS map
Market Drayton
Shropshire
TF9 2SU
Map reference
SJ 686 273
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Sep - Nov
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
3.29 hectares
Access
No

Parking
Park in the lay-by opposite the reserve
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01743 284280
enquiries@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk

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