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A look at the Ordnance Survey Explorer map number 226 will show the area of Stow cum Quy Fen about 3-4kM east of Milton. In this area there are more than 15 long, thin ponds indicated, as well as a few smaller ponds of different shape.
The fen is a designated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) managed by English Nature.
These long ponds are the flooded remains of Coprolite mines; the "coprolites" were extracted for use as fertilizer, and the flooded ponds are the remains. A Google search for "Coprolite pits" will yield some interesting pages if you are curious! It's an interesting area, very good for walking, and the ponds are a water feature unique in the Cambridge area.
Now coprolites generally are fossilised excreta. What was mined here apparently was a phosphorus and iron rich stratum: it was far too extensive to be true coprolites!
You can get to the fen by a short walk either from Horningsea, Lode (at the back of Anglesey Abbey or at map ref 533 630 where there is a footpath, part of the Harcamlow way) or from Quy. Possibly a good place to park (but don't tell them I suggested it!) is in the car park of Anglesea abbey - round the back of this, up behind Quy Mill is the Millstream, along which there is a delightful walk which leads onto other walks along the old railway line and across onto Quy Fen.
It's going to take a while to investigate all the pits, so, if you can help, please contact me.
|Coprolite pit with great botanical interest
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