Sunday, 30 May 2010

Old Winchester Hill NNR

The earliest settlers in this hillfort were Bronze Age circa 3,800 yrs ago and responsible for the line of three burial barrows (1) (see map below) and a single pond barrow (2), as well as the seven barrows lying outside the perimeter at (3) and (4) the latter being the oldest barrow on site.

During the Iron Age circa 2,500 yrs ago, the main bank and ditch of the hillfort was constructed enclosing 4 ha. A deep V ditch (8) cut to create the high bank (6), upon which a wooden palisade (7) would have been raised. (5) is a series of earlier barrows that were incorporated into the bank. (After Natural England).

Butterflies on the very windy wing: small heath (Coenonympha pamphilus), red admiral (Vanessa atalanta), common blue (Polyommatus icarus) and large white (Pieris brassicae).
Warblers in the bush: willow warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus), common whitethroat (Sylvia communis), lesser whitethroat (Sylvia curruca) chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita) and blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla).

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