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The Ercall, Shropshire

SITE LOCATION AND ACCESS
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Site Details

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Figure 1: Location Map for the site
SITE NAME:THE ERCALL, owned by Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
STATUS:Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) notified under Section 28 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is also a RIGS site, lying within the Shropshire Area of Outstanding National Beauty. (AONB)
GRID REFERENCE:SJ640095
OS MAP(s):1:50,000 Landranger, 127 Stafford and Telford
1:25,000 Explorer 242 (Telford, Ironbridge & The Wrekin)
1:10,000 SJ30NE
BGS MAP(s):1:50,000 Shrewsbury 152 (Separate Solid and Drift editions)
1:25,000 Telford Special Sheet (solid and Drift)
BRIEF DESCRIPTIONThe site is a series of quarries, some now overgrown with trees. The suggested route is past a general viewpoint of the main quarry face showing the unconformable relationship (i.e. an erosion surface) between an igneous rock and overlying sedimentary rocks. These rocks are also affected by large faults. No material should be hammered, collected or removed from the faces of this protected site, although loose material may be freely inspected.
DIRECTIONS:The easiest access to the site is from junction 7 of the M54.

FROM THE WEST take the A5 eastwards from Shrewsbury to Junction 7 of the M54. On leaving the motorway turn south (right) on to the minor road past Cluddley towards Little Wenlock village. After 1.2 km a rough layby, suitable for parking cars and minibuses is on the left. Continue around the corner to the junction with Ercall Lane and after 100 metres the larger, recommended Forest Glen car park is on the left. The access here is 7.5 m wide, and coaches having difficulty making the turn can park on the roadside at the foot of the Wrekin. The walk to The Ercall is back along Ercall Lane, about 500 metres to the north. This road is narrow, with no footpaths. Access to The Ercall quarries is through a barrier on the right, signposted by a Wildlife Trust marker “ERCALL WOOD NATURE RESERVE”.

FROM THE EAST take the A5 and the M54 to Junction 7 of the M54. On leaving the motorway turn south (left) on to the minor road past Cluddley towards Little Wenlock village. After 1.2 km a rough layby, suitable for parking cars and minibuses is on the left. Continue around the corner to the junction with Ercall Lane and after 100 metres the larger, recommended Forest Glen car park is on the left. The access here is 7.5 m wide, and coaches having difficulty making the turn can park on the roadside at the foot of the Wrekin. The walk to The Ercall is back along Ercall Lane, about 500 metres to the north. This road is narrow, with no footpaths. Access to The Ercall quarries is through a barrier on the right, signposted by a Wildlife Trust marker “ERCALL WOOD NATURE RESERVE”.
ACCESS:As a courtesy, to receive up to date information, and also to aid monitoring of the use of this important site, group leaders should contact Shropshire Wildlife Trust when planning their visit.

Email : shropshirewt@cix.co.uk

There are no facilities close to this site. There is no cover in inclement weather
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS:This site has only gravelled pathways, some are quite steep. Wheelchair access will be very difficult.

Initial Risk Assessment

All group leaders should meet with their parties prior to the On-Site visit and impress upon participants the educational nature of the event, and the need for extra consideration for the safety of themselves and others.

Each group should have a member of staff proficient in First Aid, and carry a mobile telephone for emergencies.

There is no substitute for group leaders viewing the site before the field visit and making their own risk assessment, according to the requirements of their own organisation. The following assessment is only a guide[1].

The site itself is open all day everyday. However there are no toilet or shop facilities in the immediate area, and it is suggested that Motorway service facilities are used instead.

RISK ACTION
Ercall Lane is a minor road with no footpaths, but can carry significant amounts of traffic. Warn pupils to be vigilant. Supervise them appropriately
The quarry faces are all marked with warning signs. Warn pupils not to cross fences, except where there is a stile, and to wear hard hats.

References

  1. For further information on conducting a Risk assessment go to National Stone Centre www.nationalstonecentre.org.uk


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