Visitors who have joined us on our public ‘walk and talk’ events will know the ‘boulders’ on the Champions Trail near the viewpoint. These lumps of quartzite lend themselves well to a game of ‘spot the feature’ that was devised by group member Adrian, but now he might have to take some new photographs!
On May 10th, group members Julie and Laura, along with Rangers Penny and Steve, decided to try and tidy up around these boulders and cut down some nettles. Two hours later and we’d removed the top layer of turf, removed brambles and nettles, dug up and replanted bilberries – and uncovered a lot more quartzite! This work has reinforced our belief that these ‘boulders’ are actually just exposed parts of bedrock, and now we hope to clear more around this area and extend the outcrop of rock. This path is well walked by visitors to the Lickey Hills and having a new feature here may help to increase interest in geology and the structure of the Lickey Hills.
Before and after pictures are quite amazing! Use the bags in the background as reference points (yes it is the same location!)