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Cook's Wood Quarry
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Area of Search Somerset
Coordinates 51°13′46″N 2°28′32″W / 51.22932°N 2.47542°W / 51.22932; -2.47542
Interest Geological
Area 0.8 hectares (0.0080 km2; 0.0031 sq mi)
Notification 1988 (1988)

Cook's Wood Quarry also known as Holcombe Quarry is a 0.8 hectare geological Site of Special Scientific Interest near Stoke St Michael on the Mendip Hills in Somerset, notified in 1988.

This is a Geological Conservation Review Site. This site partially overlaps with St. Dunstan's Well Catchment SSSI.

The main exposures are cut in very steeply-dipping Carboniferous Limestone. This was the original locality for the type section of the proposed ‘Cookswoodian Stage’.

9 species of Bat, Dormice and 4 species of Newts including the rare Great Crested Newt reside in Cooks Wood Quarry.

Planning permission for the disused quarry has been granted to turn it into a holiday retreat.

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