Keeper’s Cottage Bat Survey – 31st March 2015

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:

  • Natterer’s Bat
  • 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.


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Quartzite Quarry in West Harridge Woods

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.

Ashwick Grove House

The former residence of John Billingsley (1747 – 1811),  was last lived occupied in 1937.    What remains now is rapidly crumbling away to rubble.

Pure Folly

Towards the top of the Ashwick Grove valley is a Folly set just above the track to Ashwick Grove House.  It would have formed a Garden feature to welcome and impress visitors to the main house.