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Simmonds, V. 2014. An overview of the archaeology of Mendip caves and karst. Mendip Cave Register & Archive (MCRA). (currently being revised, 2016)

I've compiled 'An overview of the archaeology of Mendip caves and karst' that is freely available online at www.mendipgeoarch.net and in the archaeology section of the Mendip Cave Register & Archive at www.mcra.org.uk

Shute Shelve Hill

field notes 2017Posted by Vince Simmonds Mon, February 20, 2017 06:21:21
19th February:

From the summit of Shute Shelve Hill there are extensive views of the surrounding countryside, to the west over the ridge to Wavering Down and Crook Peak, and over the moors to the south.

Getting to the top is another thing.

While the bright yellow blooms of gorse bring some colour to a grey day, negotiating the overgrown thickets is not a pleasurable experience.

Like bracken, the dominance of gorse in the landscape is detrimental to the growth of other, less aggressive plant species that would normally be found on upland limestone grassland. With the loss of these plants and associated fauna there is a decrease in natural diversity.

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