Unearthing the past at Burrator Quarries this winter


This winter conservation works with machinery will get underway at Burrator Quarries Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in order to improve the visibility of the rock face.
The site, which is used as a car park, is designated as a SSSI for its nationally important geological features, including the rare exposures of the contact between the Dartmoor granite and Devonian country rocks.

The growth of Gorse, Ivy and other woody shrubs however, has reduced the visibility of these features. The site is popular and valued for both educational and recreational use. Plymouth University hold several trips a year here for their geology and earth science students and many locals show an interest as well. The levels of gorse have increased so much that these features could soon be obscured completely.

Work to remove the foliage will greatly benefit these groups and improve the overall appearance at the site, making it more striking. During the time this vegetation is being removed, the car park will be closed in order to ensure public safety.