First of all let me apologise for the lack of newsletters this year. I will try and get back to at least four newsletters per year. It’s not as though nothing has been happening – in fact it seems to have been a very good year for wildlife and there has been a lot going on!

Wildflower Meadow
Tanworth-in-Arden Parish Council and the Earlswood Wildlife Partnership are working together to create a wildflower meadow at the far end of the recreation ground.
We have sown a mix of native wildflower species which flower between June and September, making sure as many flowers as possible are available to the bees and butterflies at their most active time of year. In order to commemorate the outbreak of WW1 we have also sown wild poppy seeds

Bat Survey
An excellent year with over 20% of boxes in use and record numbers of live bats found.

Survey Date
No. of boxes checked
Bats found
Boxes in use
Evidence of bats in

 Three different species of bat were found roosting in the boxes – Soprano Pipistrelle, Brown Long-eared and, for the first time, Noctule.

 (Thanks to Caroline Glennon for photos)

Dormouse Survey
The inserts from the tubes have now been collected and cleaned for winter storage. There was some excitement at the last check as three potential nests were found.

 (Thanks to Tony Philp for photo)

One has already been identified as a Wood Mouse nest but the other two are still being examined. We will keep you updated.

Butterfly Survey
Thanks those people that have already returned their 2014 Butterfly Survey forms – to anyone else that has a form to return please return it to 122 Malthouse Lane or scan your form and send it to . Please remember to include your address. The 2014 results will be included in our next newsletter.  

Birding For Beginners
Once again we had a very successful day introducing newcomers to the delights of bird watching thanks to Tony, Barbara and Matt. This popular course will be run again next year on 25th April so if you would like to come along please let us know in advance as places are limited.

EWP Website
It has been suggested that the EWP set up a website. To run well this will need to be maintained and updated regularly. If anyone has the expertise to set up a website and has the time and commitment to keep it updated would you please contact us. This can then be discussed with the committee to decide how best to move forward on this.

Events for next year
Bat walks, Wildflower walk, and a special “Springwatch” walk (to coincide with the popular BBC “Springwatch” programme).
Dormouse, Bat and Dragonfly surveys.
Matt has agreed to run an “All Day Birdwatch” – a fun event to see how many bird species we can spot in one day around the Earlswood area.
Owl boxes and more bat boxes to put up.
Dates for above events to be confirmed in next newsletter.

  Merry Christmas! - Bob Roberts  
Could you please share as appropiate even better buy a ticket and join in and get to know the neighbours and have some fun. There is some Great Work being done by our local ELF. Earlswood Lakes Fundraising Committee  are next working their magic on Saturday 27th September 2014 at Earlswood Village Hall and in commeration of those who took part in WW1  

Earlswood Lakes Fundraising Committee are hosting a Beer and Skittles Night on Saturday 27th September,  2014, at 7.30pm at Earlswood Village Hall. Tickets are £7.50 each and include a Fish and Chip supper. There is also a bar.

The event is to commemorate those who took part in WW1.

Tickets are available from Pam Moore on 01564 702145
Earlswood Wildlife Partnership
Contact us at: or on 07528 595444


Why not join us for one of our late evening strolls around Earlswood Lakes and learn more about these fascinating creatures?

Monday 8th Sept at 8:15pm

Monday 22th Sept at 7:15pm

Meet at the Engine House car park on Wood Lane
(Near the Red Lion)

 (£2 donation)  

Something has really captured my imagination today whilst working on the TIA NDP communications on Facebook and Twitter. Something so simple but necessary popped up and could mean the difference between living or dying  an unessential premature death . Whilst busy at work doing risk assessments and making sure  everyone knows what thy are meant to do in an emergency  

How many of us actually plan a course of action should the need arise to evacuate our homes due to an emergency of some sort. I suspect we all have a plan of action in our own minds but nothing tangible My household will certainly be following the guidelines and making a plan.  I have to say it really made me stop and think.  Why not take a peak at this link Home Emergency Plan
Well OK yes I have been quiet again on my blog has been neglected, however time hasn't been wasted and I hadn't forgotten about anyone that happens to read the blog. The fact is I have been a busy BoD all for the good of the community I think! In fact I would say that since March my time has been consumed with the community. The buzz words at the moment are Tanworth Neighbourhood Plan. What is a Neighbourhood Plan well the steering group is on a very steep learning curve however the basics of it quite simply Stratford District Council has its proposed Core Strategy out and about and within the Core Strategy it is planned that the Tanworth In Arden Ward which includes Earlswood th Village of Tanworth and our new local service village Wood End will take an additional 100 houses between them. In short as a community we either can have an input as to where these additional houses go or we can leave it to our District Council to tell us where they are going. Of course the Core Strategy is about more than future development, it is about the future and how we are going to provide what is needed until the year 2031 whether it be Infrastructure, Environment, Transport. I am finding it quite interesting and can understand why people get hooked on it all. There is so much to learn it is untrue. One of my interests is sharing and communicating local things to anyone local that me be passing by and for my sins I was nominated TIA NPD Communicator. You all know for many years I have been harping on about how us cyber dwellers tend to get over looked when anything local is occurring. Well now I have my chance to prove that we can make a difference and that the Internet, Social Media all have its part to play in the bigger picture. So what have I been up to over the last few months well building yet another website/blog and introducing the community to the world of Social Media. I still struggle with Facebook however I have had to get to grips with it now. I suppose the message of this post is the Neighbourhood Plan belongs to the whole community and everyone is invited to have their say. Even it is by answering a survey and haven't got time to physically help filling in the survey and returning it will go a long way to helping. We meet every month and our website is  it is still a work in progress but its a start. You will also find our Facebook and twitter accounts there. Anyway thats what I have been up to for the last few months and on my way to Reading thought I would take time to scribble a little not
The next Tanworth Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) Steering Committee Meeting is Tuesday 19th August 2014, 7.30pm at Earlswood Garden and Landscape Centre, Forshaw Heath.

See attached agenda ==> NDP meeting agenda (PDF document)
PLANS to build two 35-metre-high wind turbines in Hockley Heath - the first in the area - have been submitted to Solihull Council, The Observer can reveal.
Urban Wind has applied to build what it describes as two 'small scale' wind turbines on land at Box Trees Craft Centre so the centre can run off the electricity and reduce its carbon footprint.
Hockley Heath Parish Council has already objected to the application, listing a number of issues including the wind turbines being too close to houses, having a negative visual impact on the village and being a distraction to motorists.
Despite consulting with villagers, just two letters of objection were received by the Parish Council - both listing, among other things, concerns about the damaging effect on house prices.
The two turbines will stand at 35 metres high, the same as seven double-decker buses on top of each other, and will have a 12m-long rotating blade.
If approved, the wind turbines would be permitted to generate electricity for the next 25 years - after which the owners can either apply to renew the application or remove them.
In a bid to calm potential concerns claiming they will be destroying the Greenbelt the developer has said the turbines will protect the land from further development, particularly housing and therefore comply with the Unitary Development Plan (2006) policy.
In its application Urban Wind also made a list of other special circumstances explaining why it should be given approval to build on the Greenbelt.
These included helping Solihull hit its own Renewable Energy targets and the fact it will contribute to the National Renewable Energy and Carbon Reduction Targets.
They also said the application would be financially and environmentally sustainable for the Craft Centre.

Read more: Wind turbine plans unveiled | Solihull Observer 
Common sense! I can't believe the lack of it being used! Here is my whinge for the month, Fulford Hall road had a rather nasty dangerous pothole on a bend which I must admit caught me out the first time I met it the and time I had no choice but to go down it due to on coming traffic and something so close behind I couldn't stop. Anyway not only was there the nasty pothole on the bend this whole lane seems to be crumbling at the sides but not in quite such a dangerous places. I couldn't believe my eyes the other day when I saw the pothole on the bend filled in and mended but the rest of the potholes left without being touched. It may just be a member of the public mended the dangerous pothole however I doubt it. Why didn't all the potholes get mended at the same time? what a waste of manpower and time. The pothole menders will only have to come back to mend the other ones in the near future. Well that's in the Solihull area there is an equally as nasty one in Forshaw Heath Road Stratford District Council however it appears to have slowed the traffic down on this fast rat run type road so I wont shout to loud but I do worry about those who are visiting the area and don't know its there especially those on motor bikes and cyclists
Please note the Doctors link to the website has been updated.
Stratford-on-Avon District Proposed Submission Core Strategy
Regulation 19, 20 and 35 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012
 I am writing to inform you that the District Council has approved its Core Strategy for submission to the Secretary of State for independent examination.
The Core Strategy sets out the vision, objectives and framework for managing development in the District up to 2031, contains policies on a wide range of specific subjects, and identifies a number of development site proposals.
In accordance with the Regulations, before the Core Strategy is submitted there will be a six week period for making representations on the legal compliance and soundness of the Plan.
This will commence at 4.00pm on Thursday 5 June and end at 5.00pm on Thursday 17 July.
Representations received will be submitted to the Secretary of State with the Core Strategy and related documents. The Secretary of State will appoint an Inspector to hold a Public Examination of the Core Strategy and consider the representations made.
Anyone making representations should bear in mind that the Examination will only consider whether the procedures for preparing the Core Strategy have been properly followed and whether it satisfies the ‘tests of soundness’ specified in the Regulations.
For this reason you are strongly recommended by the Planning Inspectorate to submit your representations on the prescribed form. This will assist all parties involved in the Examination process, in particular the Inspector, to understand what case you are making and, where applicable, how you wish the Plan to be modified.
Your representations can be submitted online via the District Council’s website or by downloading a form and emailing it to
Alternatively, forms can be posted to: FREEPOST RSLH – ZYKJ – TYAZ, Stratford on Avon DC, PO BOX 5341, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 1LE
or handed in at the District Council offices: Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6HX
Copies of the form and guidance note can be provided on request.
Where there are large numbers of people who share a common position on the Core Strategy, it would be very helpful to all parties, including the Inspector, if that group submitted a single representation, appending the names and addresses (and email addresses, if available) of those represented. If requested, all the individuals listed will be notified of future stages in the process.
During the period for making representations, the Proposed Submission Core Strategy, Sustainability Appraisal and related documents can be viewed on the District Council’s website at
The documents will be available for inspection and purchase at the District Council offices between 8.45am and 5.15pm Mondays to Wednesdays and between 8.45am and 5.00pm on Thursdays and Fridays.
They are also available to view at all libraries in the District during their normal opening hours. See information.

See the Statement of Representations Procedure and Availability of Documents at  for more details of documents and prices.

For further information, please ring 01789 260334 or email

Dave Nash
Planning and Housing Policy Manager
As people who visit or read this blog know I am not politically orientated and try not to pass comment on politics.

Our local elections have been and gone and Cllr Peter Oakley has retained his seat in the Tanworth In Arden Ward which includes Earlswood, Forshaw Heath, Danzey Green, Aspley Heath all of which are in the Greenbelt and most definatley close to my heart.

The purpose of this post is to highlight how locally elected people represent us at District Level, I suppose this post continues on from my last post, as I for one am over the moon that Stratford District Council is web-casting many of its meetings and can now see and hear our locally elected people instead of just read afterwards. Remember do not get paid for their time but take their time to fight our corners for us at the appropriate levels. As I watched The Cabinet web-cast and discuss the Draft Core Strategy I was pleasantly surprised to hear and see our local District Councillor speak. Why not watch and listen to our local representative?  You can fast forward to 50 mins 28 sec

Sunday is my day for wandering around the web to find out what is happening in the world and locally. I knew the following was going to happen but just didn't realise it had started to happen. As you all know I am quite interested in all things Local, Greenbelt, Countryside plus of course my ICT passion.

One of my constant moans many moons ago when starting this blog was, Why our local Authority, Parish Councils and other organisations didn't make use of the web and the tools it had to offer to share information to keep the web surfers among us informed and in touch.

4 years ago I was watching the progress “live streaming free courtesy of U-Stream” of The Dechora Eagles in America (US) whilst I was sitting at home in Warwickshire (UK). Whilst lurking around the U-Stream online application I stumbled across a Stratford Upon Avon council meeting and pondered on why they didn’t do it on a regular occurrence.

Today by accident I have stumbled on Stratford Up-On Avons webcast channel. As I said earlier I knew it was going to happen but just didn’t realise it had started. Very careless of me!

The webcasts are broadcast live and then archived, to be perfectly honest there is absolutely no reason why those of us who can’t attend meetings and rely on written reports of others, actually can’t see and hear exactly what happens during these meetings.

The Agendas are printed at the side of the webcast which is a useful tool

So ICT meets and informs Hyper Local Communities. If you would like to see archives of planning meetings and cabinet meetings or even watch it live the facility is now there.  It is an opportunity to find out if the people you voted in as local representatives are representing you the way you think they should be. It is also an opportunity to learn about how you’re District Council functions and some of the difficult decisions they have to make. In short whether we agree or disagree with decisions the facility is now there to watch listen and learn.

I for one am grateful this facility exists and thank SDC for taking the step.

It is a bit slow in loading but well worth it. The link is

Try broadband speed test

Well its been quite a while since I did this and was just wondering what it was out of curiosity. Its getting there slowly but only just over half way to what I am actually paying for. No doubt one day we will enjoy the speed that those with cable have. Here's hoping
Well I am just a BoD having a think and a scribble on a Sunday morning.

After the jubilation that Tidbury Green Farm and Lowbrook Farm had been returned to Greenbelt and a proposed development refused.The developers took Solihull Council to the High-Court where the Judge  found the Solihull council had acted unlawfully by not providing any objective assessment of housing need in setting a housing target of 11,000 homes by 2028. Sourced 

Now don’t get me wrong I am no expert but what I find really confusing is that Solihull’s Local Development Plan had been adopted in December 2013 with Tidbury Green Farm /Lowbrook Farm returned to Green Belt Sourced or that is my understanding which raises the question.

If the plan were found to be sound in December 2013 by the Governments Planning Inspector, what an earth has changed and why? And why only now is Solihull’s methology being questioned surely this should have been done when the plan was submitted and before it was adopted.

My next question is if the plan is already adopted but the Council was recently found to have acted unlawfully does that mean the whole plan is now of no use what so ever and Solihull have to start from scratch again?

Surely if the Governments own Planning Inspector missed such vital elements of the plan when he reviewed it then Solihull Council can’t be found to have acted unlawfully.

What a Pickle we all seem to be in !!!
The second Neighbourhood Development Plan meeting was held yesterday (Sunday, 27 April, 2014) in Tanworth Village Hall.  There were doubts about holding it then when it came to light that the centre of Tanworth was going to be closed to traffic all afternoon due to a parade.  However, the hall was bulging at the seams with just under 90 people fighting their way to the meeting.  Perhaps they were just looking for a quiet seat and a cuppa during the parade?  Not a bit of it!  The format was the same as the first meeting in Earlswood the previous Friday and the questions raised varied from heartfelt concerns for the area to technical questions on the application of the new planning powers.  Chairman, Dermot O’Brien, Tanworth Parish Council’s Chair of Planning thanked all the speakers and gave an effusive thanks to all the attendees for making it such a lively meeting.  The Chairman also mentioned that, because of the parade and the (now unfounded) anticipation of a poor turnout, it had been decided to add another meeting date and that parishioners that did not attend this meeting should be made aware of it and if any attendees had further questions on this meeting, they would be most welcome to join the next meeting.  The next meeting is at Tanworth Village Hall on Wednesday 30 April at 7.00 for refreshments with the meeting commencing at 7.30 and concluding at 9.00.  
Earlswood Wildlife Partnership
Contact us at: or on 07528 595444             Newsletter 16

Dormouse Survey
The dormouse survey tubes have now been installed on the south side of the wood in specific areas to maximise our chances of detecting dormice and the first survey check will be on Saturday 12th July.Special thanks to Hugh, John, Kate, Ken, Ron and Val for putting out the tubes.

clip_image004[3]Bird Boxes
We have now put up all the specialist bird boxes (which were partly funded by a donation from the Earlswood Fete Committee) around the lakes and as can be seen from these great photos by Tony Philp we already have some interest!
Thanks to all who helped install the boxes and especially to those from CRT for bringing their boat!

Bat Box Project
Several extra bat boxes have been made by members of the EWP and installed in the wood bringing the total number of boxes up to 100 which was our original target. Surveys will continue later in the year.

Birding for Beginners
Tony Philp will again be running a “Birding for Beginners” course aimed at the genuine novice who would like to learn more about the fascinating world of birds and bird watching. The course will cover basic elements such as equipment, field guides and field craft as well as identification of many local birds. This practical course will take place around the lakes on Saturday 10th May from 09:00 – 12:00. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL as numbers are limited so contact us at or on 07528 595444 to book a place.
Binoculars can be provided if required - Thanks to Sherwood Optics for their support. The course is free but any donations on the day to EWP funds would be gratefully received. Stout footwear is recommended.

Events Diary

Sat 3rd May 7pm – Evening Chorus Walk, meet at Clowes Wood car park (Wood Lane) -  Donation £2

Sat 10th May 9:00 – 12:00 – “Birding for Beginners” – BOOKING ESSENTIAL – contact

Sat 17th May 10.30am – Wildflower Walk, meet at Clowes Wood car park (Wood Lane) - Donation £2

Fri 11th   July 11 am.  – Dragonfly Survey, meet at Engine House car park – (Near”Red Lion” pub – SP112744)

Sat 12th July 10 am – Dormouse Survey, Meet at Wood Lane car park – (Entrance to Clowes Wood - SP102744).

Thur 17th July – Bat Survey with Warwickshire Bat Group – (TBC)

Mon 8th Sept  8.15 pm to 9.30 pm.  – Bat Walk, meet at Engine House car park – (Near”Red Lion” pub – SP112744)

Mon 22nd Sept  7.15 pm to 9.30 pm - Bat Walk, meet at Engine House car park – (Near”Red Lion” pub – SP112744)

Please come along to any or all of the above events – The more the merrier!

Bob Roberts
(Membership Secretary)
The first in a series of 4 public meetings to discuss and assess the appetite for setting up a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the parish was held last Friday night – 25 April 2014.  The meeting took place in Earlswood Village Hall and was attended by 60 people.  Presentations were made by 2 Parish Councillors, followed by a session whereby attendees considered the implications of a number of potential planning outcomes that could result as a consequence of Stratford District Council's Core Strategy which is now in final draft and posted questions and comments as to their views on these points.  These comments will become the starting base for a new Neighbourhood Development Plan steering group if there is the appetite to undertake a Neighbourhood Development Plan.  The meeting concluded with a short presentation by a local developer who put the business perspective and the meeting then concluded with a question and answer session which was lively and covered a broad range of planning topics.  Protection of the Green Belt was dear to a large number of attendees’ hearts.  The meeting Chairman concluded by advising that undertaking a Neighbourhood Development Plan would take a lot of work and input from a good sized committee, probably numbering between 25 and 30, with people from all walks of life becoming involved.  A very good percentage of people left contact details in order to be kept up to date with developments and the Parish Council were encouraged by the number of people who expressed an interest in assisting in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan.  The meetings continue with the next on at Tanworth Village Hall on Sunday 27th April, followed by another two – one at Earlswood Village Hall and on at Tanworth Village Hall.  All details are on the Parish Council website as well as the two Residents’ Association websites.
Bob is the membership secretary for Earlswood Wildlife Partnership. He has kindly agreed to tell us a little bit more about EWP and his role within it. Bob is my first willing volunteer to provide editorial for my blog and for that I am extremely grateful. I have a hit list of people and organisations I would like to invite to be Guest Writers whether they will all be as willing as Bob I really don't know but I really do hope so. Some of the work our volunteers and organisations do for us in order to keep our environment and community ticking along often goes unrecognised by the wider community.

My thanks goes to Bob and everyone involved with Earlswood Wildlife Partnership for helping keep our Flora and Forna protected and safe for future generations to enjoy. Without further ado please welcome A Blog by Bob of Earlswood Wildlife Partnership

About Earlswood Wildlife Partnership

The Earlswood Wildlife Partnership (EWP) is a partnership between local residents, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust (WWT) and the Canal and River Trust (CRT) and evolved out of the Earlswood Lakes Partnership which had done sterling work in protecting and enhancing the local area since 1997. Warwickshire Wildlife Trust owns Clowes Wood and manages New Fallings coppice (on behalf of the Bourneville Village Trust) and Earlswood Moathouse (on behalf of the National Trust) and the lakes and feeders are managed by the Canal and River Trust.

The Aim of the EWP is “to enhance the biodiversity of Earlswood and its surrounding areas for wildlife and people now and in the future”.

The History Of EWP

An initial meeting was organised by Izumi Segawa (WWT Living Landscapes Officer), Ron Hill (Warden of Clowes Wood and one of the founder members of the WWT), Brenda Brown and other members of the Earlswood Lakes Partnership in 2009 in Earlswood village hall and it was here that Cheryl and I “signed up” and agreed to join the committee but it was in 2010 when Izumi managed to get grant funding from the Nineveh Trust that things really started to get going. The money from the Nineveh Trust allowed us to buy equipment such as bat detectors, moth traps, bat boxes and bird boxes as well as books.

Bobs Role within EWP

The steering committee of the EWP meets 3 or 4 times a year to decide on events and actions and as Membership Secretary it is my responsibility to keep members details up to date and to communicate with them through the newsletter. I also put up notices to inform the public of our events and activities. Tony Philp, one of our more active members and local bird expert, will be running another “Birding for Beginners” course in early May and has produced an information poster for the event so today I have been printing and laminating the posters ready to be put up later this week. Paul Wilkinson (CRT ecologist and bat expert) has also been in contact regarding a joint survey with the Warwickshire Bat Group so I have emailed a few people to check their availability and coordinate dates and times.

On Sundays I like to help out with the WWT volunteers in Clowes Wood. The work is varied depending on the season and involves tree and scrub management, path repairs, removal of invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam and in the autumn cutting the meadow with scythes….try that for a good upper body work-out!

Bobs decision to get involved and Volunteer

I must admit that my decision to get involved with the EWP was mostly selfish.  My interest in nature only really started when I moved to Earlswood in 2008 (I was amazed by the number of different bird species I saw in the back garden!) and my basic knowledge of the natural world was sadly lacking. By getting involved and being around “experts” I thought I could learn a few things and appreciate more of the natural beauty of the area…and I have not been disappointed. I enjoyed walking around Clowes Wood long before I moved to the area but it is even more enjoyable when you can tell Wood Anemone from Wood Sorrel and pick out Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps singing in the background.

If you would like to get involved or find out more 


by Clicking the link below

Earlswood Wildlife Partnership



Sat 3rd May 7pm – Evening Chorus Walk, meet at Clowes Woods car park (Wood Lane) Donation £2

Sat 17th May 10.30am – Wildflower Walk, meet at Clowes Woods car park (Wood Lane)
Donation £2
I have been informed that an additional meeting for the Neighbourhood Development Plan has been arranged for the following

Wednesday 30th April 2014 at Tanworth In Arden Village Hall.Starting at 7.00pm* for 7.30pm – 9.00pm
* arrive early for pre meeting refreshments 

The above meeting is in addition to 
Friday 25th April in Earlswood Village Hall
Starting at 7.00pm* for 7.30pm – 9.00pm.
Sunday 27th April in Tanworth in Arden Village Hall
Starting at 2.00pm* for 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Saturday 3rd May in Earlswood Village Hall
Starting at 9.30am* for 10.00am – 11.30pm