A few of us met at Fairy Cave on Thursday for a photoshoot, equipment test and H&S walkabout with Martin Grass from Fairy Cave committee. We had a glorious day of sunshine. This had also brought rock climbers, who were already up rock faces in the quarry, when we arrived. One of them – Terry Gifford – happened to have supported us via IdeasTap crowd funding, so it was a lovely surprise to meet him there!
Images below of: Tessa Farmer, Christina White, Fiona Campbell, Ralph Hoyte, Phill Phelps (sound engineer), Jack Offord (filmmaker), Martin Grass and Terry Gifford. Photographs courtesy of Duncan Simey. For more selection visit: www.wild-landscapes.co.uk
We discovered that Fairy Cave is not only an area of SSSI for its renowned caves, but is also designated as SAC (a Europe-wide status) for its rare abundance of greater horseshoe bats – most evident in the winter months. Some caves were newly exposed through quarrying, although one was sadly removed. When standing in parts of Fairy Cave quarry, we are standing in what was a vast ancient cave.
Fiona Campbell 12/4/15