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Geodiversity

Audit of Active Aggregate Quarries

Welcome to the web pages relating to the Geodiversity Audit of Active Aggregate Quarries in Devon.

This pilot project is intended to collect, collate, investigate, interpret and record available information on the diversity of the geological features revealed in 16 active quarries in Devon.

Further details relating to the project and the quarry sites covered by it are available via the links shown below.

The project is being managed and executed by David Roche GeoConsulting. Other project partners are:

  • The Devon Stone Federation, which represents nearly all the aggregate producers in Devon, who are providing essential information from quarry records and access to the operations.
  • The British Geology Survey, which is providing geological information for each site.
  • Devon County Council, which is assisting with the use of electronic methods of information organisation.
  • Mineral Industry Research Organisation, which is providing support with reporting and dissemination methods.
  • The research project is supported by the Mineral Industry Sustainable Technology Programme established by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Devon Pilot Project Poster image - PDF icon (497KB - pdf help)

quarry facevenn aerial photo

Aggregate Quarries in Devon - Project Findings

For information on the project as a whole, including an overview of its findings, select the links below :

Project Overview report - Whole image - PDF icon (1.59MB - pdf help)
Project Overview report - Section 1 image - PDF icon (142KB - pdf help)
Project Overview report - Section 2 image - PDF icon (273KB - pdf help)
Project Overview report - Section 3 image - PDF icon (287KB - pdf help)
Project Overview report - Section 4 image - PDF icon (280KB - pdf help)
Project Overview report - Section 5 image - PDF icon (135KB - pdf help)
Project Overview report - Section 6 image - PDF icon (243KB - pdf help)
Project Overview report - Section 7 image - PDF icon (182KB - pdf help)
Project Overview report - Section 8 image - PDF icon (354KB - pdf help)

The 16 active aggregate quarries listed below have been documented through the Devon Pilot Project. Please click on the relevant quarry for further information, including a summary of its geodiversity highlights, photographs and a location map.

If you wish to establish the quarry location in Devon please use the Aggregate Quarries clickable map.

Beam Quarry, Torrington Beam Quarry Summary image - PDF icon (581KB - pdf help) Beam Quarry Location Map image - PDF icon (706KB - pdf help)
Bishop’s Court Quarry, Exeter Bishop’s Court Quarry Summary image - PDF icon (577KB - pdf help)

Bishop’s Court Quarry Location Map image - PDF icon (761KB - pdf help)

Blackhill Quarry, Woodbury Blackhill Quarry Summary image - PDF icon (472KB - pdf help) Blackhill Quarry Location Map image - PDF icon (698KB - pdf help)
Bray Valley Quarries, Charles Bray Valley Quarries Summary image - PDF icon (530KB - pdf help) Bray Valley Quarries Location Map image - PDF icon (671KB - pdf help)
Heathfield Sand Pit, near Kingsteignton Heathfield Sand Pit Summary image - PDF icon (605KB - pdf help) Heathfield Sand Pit Location Map image - PDF icon (812KB - pdf help)
Hillhead Quarry, Uffculme Hillhead Quarry Summary image - PDF icon (528KB - pdf help) Hillhead Quarry Location Map image - PDF icon (855KB - pdf help)
Linhay Hill Quarry, Ashburton Linhay Hill Quarry Summary image - PDF icon (565KB - pdf help) Linhay Hill Quarry Location Map image - PDF icon (734KB - pdf help)
Meldon Quarry, near Okehampton Meldon Quarry Summary image - PDF icon (571KB - pdf help) Meldon Quarry Location Map image - PDF icon (642KB - pdf help)
Moorcroft Quarry, Plymouth Moorcroft Quarry Summary image - PDF icon (532KB - pdf help) Moorcroft Quarry Location Map image - PDF icon (780KB - pdf help)
Stoneycombe Quarry, Kingskerswell Stoneycombe Quarry Summary image - PDF icon (501KB - pdf help) Stoneycombe Quarry Location Map image - PDF icon (799KB - pdf help)
Trusham Quarry, near Chudleigh Trusham Quarry Summary image - PDF icon (611KB - pdf help) Trusham Quarry Location Map image - PDF icon (766KB - pdf help)
Venn Quarry, Landkey Venn Quarry Summary image - PDF icon (547KB - pdf help) Venn Quarry Location Map image - PDF icon (726KB - pdf help)
Westleigh Quarries, Burlescombe Westleigh Quarries Summary image - PDF icon (554KB - pdf help) Westleigh Quarries Location Map image - PDF icon (708KB - pdf help)
Whiteball Quarry, near Burlescombe Whiteball Quarry Summary image - PDF icon (526KB - pdf help) Whiteball Quarry Location Map image - PDF icon (724KB - pdf help)
Whitecleaves Quarry, Buckfastleigh Whitecleaves Quarry Summary image - PDF icon (595KB - pdf help) Whitecleaves Quarry Location Map image - PDF icon (738KB - pdf help)
Zig Zag Quarry, Newton Abbot Zig Zag Quarry Summary image - PDF icon (507KB - pdf help) Zig Zag Quarry Location Map image - PDF icon (808KB - pdf help)

The full results of this project, which take the form of comprehensive reports on each of the 16 quarries, has been published as a CD-ROM.  Copies of this may be ordered by printing and sending this order form image - PDF icon (61KB - pdf help).