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Shire Oak Quarry Local Nature Reserve


This is a large former sand and gravel site with extensive exposures of Triassic Chester Formation overlain by Quaternary glaciofluvial sands and gravels.

It is an important site when taken in context with Geosite 3 Barr Beacon, which together demonstrate the variability of the formation and its fluvial deposits across the Triassic Basin in which it was deposited. The site has a car park and formal footpaths as well as seating and play areas. There is limited on-site geological interpretation but currently no printed or online geological information is available for this site, but these are planned for the near future. This is an important geoscience and geoeducational site for the geopark, and has potential for geotourism as part of the future Black Country geological motor tour.

Geosite facilities

There is no visitor centre, café or toilets at the site, so plan your visit with this in mind.

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