BBOWT’s Nature Reserve, Hitchcopse Pit, like Dry Sandford Pit was once a quarry.
I visited Dry Sandford Pit in March and had planned to go back in the autumn but we ended up at Hitchcopse pit instead.
Hitchcopse Pit can be a bit hit and miss with wildlife. It is very popular with dog walkers and not all of them keep their dogs on the leads.
Luckily Sunday morning was quiet and the dogs we did see were under control and well behaved.
In the morning sunshine, plenty of butterflies were gently flying around the brambles at the back end of the pit, while a few dragonflies hunted over the pond or rested on the sand.
Small birds including Bullfinches, Blue tits and Chiffchaff’s chased each other around the reeds and bushes that edge the pond, while overhead Buzzards, Red Kites and a Raven circled.
While I was taking photos of fungi, a Heron flew past, almost hovering for a second over the pond before landing in one of the trees that grow on top of the sandy fossil filled cliffs. It balanced there looking like a prehistoric creature before deciding there was nothing worth fishing for and flying away.
At the moment the pond is the smallest I have ever seen it. A couple of years ago it spread at least 4 times bigger than it was today.
As we left, the temperature was rising and it seemed like the whole of the sandy floor of the old quarry pit was teeming with small bees, flying a few centimetres over the moss and lichen. Many of the Evening Primrose flowers were now full of flies, bees and a couple of Hornets.