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Danger, Deep Water

Clintz Quarry

Danger, Deep Water:

Each week, I will post a photograph as part of a challenge from the Daily Post – you are invited to participate. This week, the challenge is entitled, Danger!

Please show me your interpretation of the subject by adding a comment, with a link to your Website post, Facebook photo, Flickr image, etc.

This week, share a photo that says Danger! to you. A view down the steep hill you’re about to bike, the last piece of cake that’s in danger of being eaten, signage in your town warning you about gigantic sword-toting shrubbery — there are lots of places you can take this, not all of them scary. I’m girding my loins!

Nature Reserve:

Clintz Quarry, north of Egremont is often misspelled as Clints Quarry – a different, deep excavation near Moota. Clintz Quarry quarry closed in 1939. It was connected to the Moor Row to Sellafield branch line. Thousands of tons of furnace stone were delivered by rail to Workington blast furnaces.

Quarrying started on site in the 1600’s with the limestone initially being used for building and agriculture. Latterly the quarried rock was used in the local steel making industry. The Quarry is a fascinating place not only for wildlife but also for geology and industrial archaeology.

Deep scars were left behind from operations at the Quarry, along with dangerous depths of water. But, nature has now taken hold, and the former industrial site is now very agreeable upon the eye. Clintz Quarry is owned and managed by The Cumbria Wildlife Trust who purchased the land from Lord Egremont and British Steel in 1984.

This is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, where Grasses and flowering plants are in abundance. These include oat grass, sedges, tufted hair grass, hemp agrimony, and ox-eye daisies. Pink pyramidal orchids and bee orchids can be spotted as well as the pale pink common spotted orchid and pink northern marsh orchid. The numerous rabbits help keep the grass in check.

Butterflies inhabiting the reserve include the common blue, meadow brown, and gatekeeper. Kestrels and ravens have nests on the cliff faces. Gold-crest, long-tailed tit, and tree creeper birds are found in the woodland.

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