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Returning to nature

By Arvorphoto    
A view across what was the Phoenix United mine with the engine house and associated buildings of Prince Wales Shaft still standing and the count house (the house to the left). Now designated a SSSI, the habitat of the site is dominated by presence of heavy metals from the mining operations within the soil. This has restricted the growth of vascular plants and has allowed bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) and lichens to flourish. Phoenix United Mine is important for its rare bryophytes.

In its heyday the mine was intermittently a success finding a rich vein of copper before that ran out and then latterly finding a rich source of tin. Ironically, the Prince of Wales shaft which started in 1907 was a dismal failure raising only 95 tons of black tin in 7 years.

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Tags: Cornwall Uk Landscape photography Dartmoor Tin 2020 Mining Copper Tin mine Bodmin moor Landscape and travel Copper mine Sssi Callington UNESCO world heritage site Spoil Site of special scientific interest Copper Mining Cornish Mining Heritage Cornwall Great United Mines James Seccombe Liskeard & Caradon Railway Phoenix United mine Prince of Wales Shaft William West Count House spoil tip

Voters: mj.king, woolybill1, Jasper87 and 19 more


coelacanth 19 53 1 Wales
20 May 2020 9:49AM
Nice, and nice to have a bit of information too. There are some ex-mine sites in NorthWales (right down the north coast essentially and on to Anglesey) with similar "biology". I used to teach a bit of ecology and these places are interesting.
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
20 May 2020 2:15PM
An interesting write up. A lovely image as well. One wouldn't want to grow anything edible for sure.

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