East Pit LNR
Designated site name: East Pit LNR   View map
LNR Type: Urban Fringe Type:  Biological
County: CAMBRIDGESHIRE Natural England Area Team: West Anglia (LNR)
Other overlapping designations: Cherry Hinton Pit SSSI
Date of Declaration: Declaring Authority: Cambridge City Council
Area (Ha): 12.94 Grid Reference: TL 483 557
Owned By:  Wildlife Trust for BCNP Managed By:  Wildlife Trust for BCNP
Location: Gates at East pit, Lime Kiln Road, Nr. Cherry Hinton, Cambridgeshire. CB1 8NQ
How to get there: Please check how to get to the LNR e.g. Using Traveline Traveline website or phone 0871 200 22 33 (chargeable call)

2.5 miles from Cambridge centre, situated on the junction of Cherry Hinton Road/Fulbourne Road and Limekiln Road. Cherry Hinton.

Visitor facilities: We advise you to check information about the current visitor facilities before you go to the LNR e.g. through the local authority or managing body's website.

What to see: One of three quarries that once provided hard chalk to build Cambridge University colleges and lime for cement. Today they support a variety of habitats that harbour some rare plants and insects.
East Pit was quarried up until the early 1980s and is the largest of the three pits - with steep cliffs surrounding the exposed chalk and scrub providing nesting and feeding sites for more than 60 species of bird.

Volunteer and 'Friends': For information about volunteering and 'Friends' groups, please contact the manager and see teh local authority or managing body's website.
Contact the local authority or owner of the LNR for further information - e.g. through the Local authority website.

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