On my last visit to the site I had been spoilt by returning warblers and Sandmartins (well 4 birds) and three Wheatears. Also on the last few visits to the site there was a noticeable increase in visitors to the site. Mostly dog walkers, the odd horserider which is fine but more importantly more youngsters turning up on moto-cross bikes. Don't get me wrong I could appreciate why the quarry was an interesting place to ride. But they were a nuisance volume wise.
I arrived on the site today and things didn't look 'right'. It was windy so wasn't expecting to much but a glance over the quarry floor there was rubbish everywhere further scanning revealed no activity at the Sandmartins colony in fact no birds even flitting around. Now I know the bikes aren't responsible by means of riding, the slope is 90° degrees straight up, there is still some holes from last year but the new holes gone. Given the very dry soil, followed by rain, then a frost and strong winds has caused a 'collapse', not good. What's worse I only saw two Sandmartins all day, last year it was only 12 birds two is awful though.
Normally if on my bike this sort of thing on a footpath would annoy me. But I am not even going to grumble, in fact I'll give the landowner a "virtual thumbs up" no motorbike (mountain bike can be chucked over) can get through.