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Stag Beetle Loggery at WNReserve
One of our favourite reserves. There is a 17 acre millpond in the reserve with reedbeds, islands and hides about the reserve (its a 92 acre reserve) to watch the birds.
Some of the flora and fauna that can be seen are Tufted Ducks, Kingfishers, Silver-washed Fritillaries, Emperor Moths, English Oaks, Orchids and Natterer's Bats. Warblers, Sparrowhawks, Roe Deer, Owls, Clouded Yellow Butterfly and Redwing.
On the pond, Cormorants, Teal and Herons.
The Millpond dates back to the 15th century when it was created by excavation of iron ore. A water wheel was installed to power the blast furnace and hammer. The iron was used to make cannons for the battle that led up to the Spanish Armada. In 1664, when Cromwell's troops arrived during the civil war, they destroyed the Mill.
In the 1600's it was turned into a flour mill until electricity arrived in the 1930's when it made it an uneconomical venture. The Mill house has now become offices, the Visitor Centre is the old cattle-milking house. The waterwheel is still in working order.
It is believed that Shelley (the poet, who was born in Horsham) learnt to sail on the Millpond.
The reserve was once owned by Shelley's son before it was sold to the Lucas family to become part of the Warnham Estate. For over 100 years this was how it remained until the new A24 was built, dividing the Estate, at this time the Council purchased the reserve area and in 1988 it ws designated a Local Nature Reserve.
Today, guided walks by the ranger are in place, educational trips and conservation tasks operated by the reserve staff.
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The Old Mill
This 11 mile walk takes you mostly along the banks of the water ways that course themselves through and around Horsham. There are plenty of notable sites along the way to take interest in.
The Warnham Nature Reserve
Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods
Industrial Medieval Horsham
Motte and Bailey Castle
Remembrance Garden and Cricket Field
St Mary's church
The Old Mill and Mill House
This trail will take you in and out of Horsham and the surrounding villages, pointing out via plaques different places of interest, these will include, prehistoric, Roman, Saxon, Medieval, Modern, Dinosaurs, Drama, Farming, Castles, Religious sites, Artistic sites, Industrial sites, Literature sites and Historic buildings.
Perhaps a part of England you have not thought of visiting before, if so, I believe you may be pleasantly surprised at the hidden treasures of facts you will come across in this very pretty county of West Sussex.
Myself and Mother Olive of Michael in Leechpool
These woods are close to the town centre. Leechpool is approximately 30 acres of ancient woods, it was devastated during the 1987 storms, however, since then 3000 trees have been replanted, these include Scots Pine, Sweet Chestnut, Oak, Ash, Hazel, Hawthorn Beech and Blackthorn.
Owlbeech consists of 55 acres of Scots Pine, these were planted as a commercial crop in 1970 and sold to Horsham council in 1989.
These woods were once part of St Leonards Forest, this then formed part of the ancient forest of Andradswald, this span 100 miles between the south and north Downs. It once was a haven for large herds of deer, wolves and wild boars.
By 1066, the time of the Norman invasion, small clearings had been made in the forest and settlements such as Horsham had begun to form.
By the 15th century, Horsham became a bustling market town supplying the local farmers and industry's. Iron ore, cheap fuel made from undergrowth and a plentiful supply of water made this town a success. By 1790 iron had run dry and mature Oaks were the demand from the Navy and Merchant navy. Leechpool was bought by the Duke of Norfolk
The Duke sold off parts of the estate to the Hurst family, who had been MP's for the town and local benefactors. The Hurst's sold Leechpool to Horsham District Council in 1953.
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