400 million year old Quantocks

The Quantock Hills rise to over 350m, the rocks that form these hills are from the Devonian Period and are approximately 380-400 million years old. Find out more on our 'Jurassic Coast walk' on Sunday 22nd July, and in our new leaflet 'The Geology and Fossils of the Quantock Hills and Coast'.

The ridge of Devonian rocks that form the Quantocks are 400million years old, hard to imagine right? Put that timeframe into some context: the start of the age of dinosaurs was 251 million years ago, they became extincted 65 million years ago. The first hominids evolved 2.5 million years ago and ice age mammals like Mammoths apeared 2.5 million years ago.

The Quantock Hills AONB Service has teamed up with Ecology and Geology Specialists Geckoella and produced a fascinating leaflet ‘The Geology and Fossils of the Quantock Hills and Coast' which clearly and succinctly outlines the different rock formations that make up the majestic ridge of the Quantock Hills, and explains, using a timeline, what else was happening at that time millions of years ago.

To launch the new leaflet Dr. Andy King from Geckoella will be leading a ‘Jurassic Coast walk' with Quantock AONB Ranger Tim Russell on Sunday 22nd July. The walk begins at Kilve and will take you along to East Quantoxhead and back. Andy will be explaining rock formations and fossils that are particular to this stretch of coast. Discover what it was like when ichthyosaurs were swimming in the shallow marine seas, and when the marine snail- like ammonites lived 200 million years ago.

Dr. Andy Kings says
‘The Jurassic Coast of the Quantock Hills AONB is internationally important scientifically speaking. One particular cliff section near East Quantoxhead has been identified by specialists as a ‘Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point' (GSSP) This effectively means that all sedimentary rocks of this particular age in the world are related back to this cliff exposure within the Quantock Hills AONB'.

The Jurassic walk will take place this Sunday, 22nd July, booking is essential as numbers are limited. Go to the Quantock Hills website at http://www.quantockhills.com/events The leaflet is also available on line, or free copies are available from the Fyne Court visitor centre. For further enquiries contact the Quantock Hills AONB office on T: 01823 451 884


To download the leaflet follow this link

To book onto the Jurassic Coast walk follow this link


Katy Coate - July 2012


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Quantock Hills Management Plan 2014 - 2019

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Useful Contacts

Quantock AONB Service
Tel: 01823 451 884

Somerset Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01823 652 400

National Trust
Tel: 01823 451 814

Forestry Commission
Tel: 01278 732 319