Browns folly Quarry

A trip to Brown’s folly quarry Monkton Farleigh, a continuation of the Monkton Farleigh CAD posts.

The old underground quarries are used for roosting by the Greater Horseshoe Bat,and five other bat species are present at the site. The main bat roost area is clearly marked on the survey created by the SMCC, and everyone is asked to avoid the area. Boris, the oldest Greater Horseshoe Bat ever recorded in Britain, was discovered at Browne’s Folly in January 2000.The underground workings themselves are of great speleological and historical interest. They are extremely well decorated and contain many delicate stalactites and examples of gull formation (caves features formed by land slippage). The quarry workings provided stone for the façade of Buckingham Palace.

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