Posted: Thursday 24th January 2019
Hill End and Barkway Chalk Pits are unique secluded sites of geological and ecological interest owned by North Hertfordshire District Council and managed in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council’s Countryside Management Service. They are designated as Regionally Important Geological Sites and contain fascinating fossil groups such as ammonites. They are also Local Wildlife Sites and support a variety of habitats.
Hill End Chalk Pit is south of Hitchin where many different types of fossils have been found. It also has nationally rare chalk grassland, a unique, specialised and fragile habitat rich in flowering plants and important for wildlife such as insects and birds. To help preserve and improve this site, work will be carried out including scraping the chalk face to expose its geological interest and preserving and extending the chalk grassland. New signage and interpretation panels will also be installed.
Barkway Chalk Pit is a secluded site north of Barkway and south of Royston. The site is geologically fascinating with exposed chalk and remnants of chalk grassland. Recently, scrub has been cleared to keep the chalk face visible and to help increase the potential area for chalk grassland. It is hoped environmental education trips and research by geological societies will take place here in the future, just as at Hill End.
CMS volunteers work around North Herts every week. For more information or if you’re interested in joining them, visit the CMS website: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/cms email: email@example.com or tel: 01992 588433.