In the days when the South Downs and much of Sussex was covered with woodland, commoners used to graze their cattle in the woods. This practice is now being reintroduced on commonland that still has wooded areas. Like Ebernoe. But it's sometimes disconcerting to meet a cow walking the same footpaths.
I've no idea where the name comes from, by the way; it's a good old Saxon name probably from the Old English 'eg' meaning island and 'burna' meaning river (the town is completely surrounded by rivers). Here's a lake in the forest.
We started from the church which is an interesting building also in the woods.
Of course it's the dead trees that also attract the bats. But they also need meadows, like this.
There is no industry there now, but there used to be a major brickworks.
Then at home, for lunch we had to have . . . . yes . . . . mushrooms.