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Eaglehead and Bloodstone Copses

REF NR: 3299

Eaglehead and Bloodstone Copses is a 10.3 hectare Site of special scientific interest which is south of Ashey on the Isle of Wight. The site was notified in 1987 for its biological value.
This area of woodland follows a stream at the foot of Ashey Down and is owned by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, who manage it to encourage red squirrels and other local wildlife. The stream is suggested to contain stones stained red by the blood of a battle between "Saxons and Danes", however this is said to be caused by red algae, although it is hard to actually find any. The position is quite a likely one for such a battle as the valley through which the stream flows creates a defensive barrier against any force attempting to attack Carisbrooke from a landing in Bembridge Harbour. It could just as easily be the location of the battle between Saxons and Jutes in 686 CE where King Arwald was slain by King Caedwalla.


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