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Black Rock Nature Reserve.

It is a reserve of 181 acres comprising woodland and limestone grassland with conifer plantations now being replaced by broadleaf trees. There is an abandoned quarry on the Drove (beware of rock falls). There are footpaths and nature trails and a map on the reserve with an information leaflet. It is part of the Cheddar Complex SSSI.

The reserve comprises a mosaic of habitats including unimproved and semi-improved grassland, open rock communities, scrub, semi-natural woodland and coniferous plantation. Highlights: Dormice are resident in the coppice woodland and use the nest boxes provided. Yellow-necked mouse and pygmy shrew have also been found in these boxes. Badgers and rabbits occur throughout the reserve. Both greater and lesser horseshoe bats use the area for feeding.

Adder, common lizard, slow worm and grass snake all occur within the reserve.

A large number of woodland birds are present and redstart, yellowhammer and whitethroat can be seen around the open areas in summer. A pair of peregrine breed locally and hunt over the reserve.

The site supports an important invertebrate community with a variety butterfly species including small blue, dark green fritillary, dingy skipper and green hairstreak. Location: The site lies on either side of the B3135 2km (1.2 miles) north-east of Cheddar where limited parking is available.

Grid reference ST 483 544.

These maps are intended as a guideline only; you must check the exact location of the reserve yourself. Wildlife Extra assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or usefulness of the information on this website.

 
 

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