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Landscape & wildlife Please note - A new body, Natural Resources Wales has taken over all functions and services previously carried out by Countryside Council for Wales. While the Natural Resources Wales website continues to be developed, some online services will continue to be provided on this web site.

Ewenny and Pant Quarries

Ewenny and Pant Quarries are of international importance because of the fossils that can be found here. The quarries are exploiting Carboniferous Limestone, approximately 335 million years old. However, the important fossils originate from cracks within this limestone which were filled by younger, Jurassic, sediment about 195 million years ago. Within these Jurassic sediments are found the remains of small mammals which are among the most complete primitive fossil mammal remains found anywhere on earth. These fossils are vital to the study of the evolution of mammals.

Ewenny and Pant Quarries SSSI aerial photo

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Managing this site

The site is in private ownership. The special features of this SSSI and CCW’s views about site management have been summarised in a Site Management Statement, addressed to the owners and managers of the land. The statement can be found in the resource section below.

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There is no public access to this site.

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The Wesh name is Ewenni, an ancient river-name which probably derives from British Auentios with an element meaning ‘to moisten, to flow’. A number of river-names on the continent such as Avance (France and Switzerland) and Avenza (Italy) are thought to derive from Aventia, possibly a goddess of springs. Pant means ‘hollow’ (pant).

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