A day with the rangers at Burton Dassett

Simon and Phil, Warwickshire Countryside rangers, Harts Hill, Burton Dassett

On a blustery Friday mid February, Ray Pratt met up Warwickshire countryside rangers, Simon and Phil for a walk around Burton Dassett. If you haven’t been to Burton Dassett recently then you may be unaware that the curtain of fencing that surrounded the beacon for the past 6 years, has finally been removed. Now it is possible to get up close and examine the building stones and see the plethora of fossils and sedimentary structures on display. In addition to this, a number of trenches have been dug to prevent motor vehicles driving over the grassland. The road widening that took place near the toilet block has enabled examination of the Whitby Mudstone, which is not otherwise exposed.

The rangers had been in touch with WGCG to explore ways in which we could collaborate. Warwickshire county council have set up an education group in order to engage with the public on the “great outdoors” that is on their doorstep. Following a walk around exploring the geology, botany, ecology and history of the area ideas were discussed on what we could do regarding public engagement. Watch this space for further news.

Reed beds mark the sping emerging from the contact of the permeable Dyrham Formation and the underlying impermeable Charmouth Mudstone.
Ooliths are common within the Northampton Formation of Harts Hill. The dark blue grey grains are berthierine, (iron bearing silicate).