Area: 0.16 hectares.
A new site. Listed as being of national importance in the Geological Conservation Review. In North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Part owned by the National Trust.
Description and Reasons for Notification:
Scattered well-preserved fragments of Upper Devonian fish occur here in a tuff (a volcanic ash band) and in associated shales within the Pickwell Down Sandstones. Bothriolepis, Holoptychius, Polyplocodus and cf Holomena have been recorded from the site. The occurrence of fish remains within a tuff band is geologically unusual, and the palaeoenvironmental and ecological relationships deduced from study of this site make it a locality of considerable importance for understanding the ecological preferences of fossil fish.