Littlemore Railway Cutting
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Area of SearchOxfordshire
Grid referenceSP 530 027[1]
InterestGeological
Area0.5 hectares (1.2 acres)[1]
Notification1986[1]
Location mapMagic Map

Littlemore Railway Cutting is a 0.5-hectare (1.2-acre) geological Site of Special Scientific Interest on the southern outskirts of Oxford in Oxfordshire.[1][2] It is a Geological Conservation Review site.[3]

The cutting exposes limestone and clay laid down in mid-Oxfordian stage of the Late Jurassic, around 160 million years ago. The deposit is part of the Stanford Formation, and the clay appears to have been deposited in a channel between coral reefs which then covered the Oxford area.[4][5]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Designated Sites View: Littlemore Railway Cutting". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Map of Littlemore Railway Cutting". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Littlemore (Oxfordian)". Geological Conservation Review. Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 26 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Littlemore Railway Cutting citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Stanford Formation". British Geological Survey. Retrieved 6 April 2020.

Coordinates: 51°43′16″N 1°14′02″W / 51.721°N 1.234°W / 51.721; -1.234