Avon Wildlife Trust
Flower-rich grasslands and ancient woodland on the remains of old Bath stone quarries
Standing high above the river Avon with commanding views towards Bath, Brown's Folly has flower-rich grasslands and ancient woodland on the remains of old Bath stone quarries.
The extensive remains of Bath stone quarries provide a rich variety of wildlife habitats. A delightful downland flora has covered the spoilheaps where wild thyme, harebell and nine species of orchid - including the rare fly orchid - are found. The old mines offer a safe sanctuary for the threatened greater horseshoe bat, while damp cliff faces support a fascinating variety of ferns, fungi and spiders. Pockets of ancient woodland on the lower slopes are home to woodpeckers, and unusual plants such as Bath asparagus.
The Bath stone quarries show good geological features and are a valuable insight into the area's industrial past.