poems from the pit by Keith Wallis |
Situated alongside Houghton Road, Houghton Regis, the Chalk Pit is the remnant of a quarrying operation which began in the 1890’s and was a major industry for the locality. The cessation of this in 1971 has left a number of ‘Marl’ lakes one of which is the deepest chalk marl lake in the UK.
The preservation area includes a smaller lake and further ‘seasonal’ lakes, fen and willow scrub. The site is designated a SSSI for its charophyte flora and rare molluscan fauna.
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