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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 815
 Date Entered 15/07/2014
 Updated on 16/07/2014
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Geological Record
 Record Type Geological HER
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 30/06/2014
 Location Forest of Stainmore, Below Burnt Hill. Plat.
 Civil Parish Not known
 Brit. National Grid NY 880 101
 Altitude 470m
 Geology Limestone pavement, formed from a wide surface exposure of The Little Limestone. Reference: British Geological Survey, Sheet 31: 'Brough-under Stainmore.'
 Record Name Stainmore Forest. Plat. An area of Limestone Pavement between Plat Sike and Little Plat Sikes
 Record Description Limestone pavements are always of exceptional geological, geomorphological and botanical interest especially when located at the heart of Stainmore within an area of Namurian Grits which give rise to unrelieved acidic moorland vegetation. The wide expanse of limestone pavement which exists at Plat is no exception being an island of calcareous grassland vegetation. The limestone pavement has until recently been concealed below 2-3m deep blanket peat, however during recent centuries the deep blanket peat has been removed from a substantial area by erosion . The Little Limestone, one of the two thin limestones stratagraphically above the Main Limestone, is usually concealed below glacial drift and is seen only in section or in the bed of streams.
 Dimensions 400m * 400m overall, approx
 Additional Notes  This is a preliminary record following initial recognition of the exposed limestone and and the record and photo images will be updated following a further visit to determine the extent and special features of the Pavement.
 Image 1 ID 5556         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Plat, an area of limestone pavement at the heart of Stainmore.
 Image 2 ID 5557         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description View of the Namurian Grits of Brown Hill from Plat Sike
 Image 3 ID 5558         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description The Little Limestone forms the northern bank of Plat Sike.
 Image 4 ID 5559         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description The Little Limestone forms the northern bank of Plat Sike.
 Image 5 ID 5560         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Detail of the species rich limestone vegetation at Plat including Thyme and the diminutive Least Clubmoss.
 Image 6 ID 5561         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Water worn limestone in Plat Sike
 Image 7 ID 5562         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Plat Sike, view upstream. The Little Limestone forms the northern bank.
 Image 8 ID 5565         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description View north westward across Plat towards Risp Howe.
 Image 9 ID 5566         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Detail of the Little Limestone with Green Spleenwort and Wall-rue ferns in crevices
 Image 10 ID 5567         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Wall rue fern.
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