The bats are waking up from hibernation now, and more are using the Bat House. Five species were recorded in todays survey.
Three species were using the front cellar room:
Greater Horseshoe – have returned from their winter hibernation sites.
Lesser Horseshoe – in the purpose build wooden chimney shaped box.
Common (?) Pipistrelle – against a rafter, difficult to see, so may have been a Soprano
In the back rock vaulted cellar, mostly tucked up in crevices were:
Brown Long Eared
Lesser Horseshoe – hanging free with its wings folded round it
Lesser Horseshoes were also in the west upper loft, which is only accessible from the outside and not inter-connected to the main Bat House cellars. Unusually there were using the old Chimney, as well as hanging from the ceiling netting.
Just above the eastern corner of the Large Deer Enclosure in Harridge Woods West is a former Quartzite quarry. This dates to the 1800’s or earlier, as it is shown on the 1903 OS map. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, number 25769.
its easy to see how it was dug out horizontally about 10m deep into the hillside, with the spoil pulled out, perhaps on a horizontal track, to form a flat spoil heap just behind.
Side of the quarry covered in Ramsons
The flat top of the spoil heap below the quarry
End of the Quarry with dramatic tree growth
View up the quarry clearly showing its simple V shape