Wildlife from 550 million years ago – or today!
THIS WALK STARTS at Comley Quarry, a fascinating area on the edge of a line of hills with a remarkable history. Way back in the 1880s, the earliest known trilobite faunas were discovered. Comley Quarry is a nature reserve because it now has international status as the reference area against which rocks of the same age all over the world can be compared with what is here. It is indeed a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). So, this is the suggested start of the walk with plenty of bushes and trees around to encourage birds and a small stream nearby that flows from a spring on the hill. Then, talking of the hill, the walk goes up and around Caer Caradoc Hill where other birds such as Buzzard, Raven and Red Kite can often be seen flying low – perfect for a photograph! This is raptor country with hovering Kestrel, Sparrowhawk often skimming low, a hunting Hobby in summer and, occasionally, a passage Hen Harrier. Peregrine occasionally appears and Goshawk has been recorded in the general area. The views from the hill are incredible on a fine day across to Wales, the Wrekin, the Long Mynd and the Stiperstones – so with those Red Kites and spectacular views, don’t forget your camera!