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Bull Cross, The Frith And Juniper Hill - Unit 5

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Staff member responsible for SSSI unit: Paul Hackman
Unit ID: 1019486
Unit area: 2 hectares
Main habitat: Earth heritage
Condition:   Favourable
Latest assessment date: 22 March 2013
Condition assessment comment: The geological interest is mostly within a wooded area where various exposures show a nationally important section of Middle Jurassic rocks. The Cotswold Inferior Oolite and its exposure of the Oolite Marl and Lower Trigonia Grit has respectively yielded rich brachiopod and ammonite fauna. Whilst a number of smaller exposures comprise the unit, it is the main rock face which provides the main feature of interest. The unit was assessed in 2010 by Dave Evans (National Geology Specialist) and Nicky Jameson as favourable and no further loss of the feature was evident in 2013. The unit is therefore considered to be favourable. Management recommendations • Maintain the main rock face in an open condition by preventing the regeneration of scrub and young trees. This is greatly helped by the retention of the mature tree canopy. • Visibility of the rock face should be maintained and the accumulation of materials that might block visual and physical access should be prevented. • The location of the traveller’s camp is not at present affecting this accessibility but should not be allowed to spread to areas where it would.
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