Salthill Quarry SSSI and LNR, Clitheroe, Lancashire
The limestone geology of the Salthill quarry site warrants its designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) but the flora and fauna that has formed over this geology is also of great botanical interest.
The vegetation shows varying degrees of soil formation and the site is also a Local Nature Reserve (LNR). The site is actively managed by The Wildlife Trust and volunteers.
Recently the trust and its volunteers have been reclaiming the Limestone grassland which had become overgrown. Bee Orchid, Wild Strawberry and Scabious can all be found in the meadow.
The pond was also overgrown and the teams have worked hard to uncover the flag iris, rush and many pond animal populations that have begun to recover.
From September 2009 videoconferencing sessions delivered from nearby Clitheroe Castle will look at the flora and fauna on this site and explore the changes of the meadow, pond and trees through the seasons. Dates for the VC session will be released later this year. Please go to www.cleo.net.uk/vc for more information on the CLEO video conferencing project. As with all CLEO VC sessions, they are provided free of charge to all schools