Salthill Quarry

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Salthill Quarry is designated a SSSI by virtue of its geological formations. It also has great botanical interest as it displays a mixture of vegetation from the earliest stages of soil development on limestone, from limestone grassland, which is rare in Lancashire, through to woodland.

At the southeast corner of the reserve, the soil is at its earliest stage of development and supports a sparse vegetation of plants well adapted to the harsh conditions. Bee Orchid, Carline Thistle and Milkwort can be seen growing here in June. You can see Autumn Gentian (or Felwort) flowering later in the year in August and September. On the more established soils you will be able to see Cowslips in the spring. The summer sees a colourful display of plants such as Bird's-foot-trefoil, Wild Strawberry, Common Knapweed, Lady's Bedstraw, Scabious and Agrimony. You may also see the delicate blue flowers of Harebell growing on the shallower soils and edges of exposed rocks.

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