Well I decided it was about time I write something, so I have reflected on past posts and where I started. 

As I was quietly tinkering around with the blog today I was rudely disturbed by a long,loud screech of brakes. 

We now have our posh new 50 mph speed limit, for what good it has done us. I really don't know as I have seen and heard more near misses and accidents in the last year than ever before. Driving in Forshaw Heath is almost as dangerous as walking, cycling,riding a horse. and just to think I started driving because it became to dangerous to walk.

It seems to me that many those driving their cars and rushing around have absolutely no respect for other road users, the weather conditions , the people that live on what is now a more than busy rat run. I thought it was bad 4 years ago multiply what I thought was bad by 4.

The traffic is now relentless the drivers are even more selfish than they were before. As far as I am concerned The highways department need never mend another pothole and let the lanes grow into grass tracks call it natural traffic calming. I will probably regret I ever said that but hey ho hey hum. How I would love to be able to walk to the station again in relative safety.

I actually don't think speed limits mean anything to anybody especially when they aren't enforced and people can get away with driving without due care and attention and are totally oblivious to their surroundings.

Re-education of drivers is needed and I am not just talking the youngsters because more often than not in our neck of the woods it is older business people making their way to and from work and continually in a rush that careless and cause the near misses and accidents. Just as I need educating in driving in a city center or on a motorway both things I avoid like the plague in fact I don't do it. Drivers need to know how to drive in the countryside where equally but different care and attention is needed.

The only way the near misses, accidents and screeches of brakes is going to stop is if humans learn to be less selfish and consider driving appropriately to their surroundings and the conditions. Like I said a few potholes and a grass track to junction 3 of the M42 may help slow a few people down and think about their surroundings.
  • Horse Riders
  • Cyclists
  • Pedestrians
  • The odd escaped Farm Animal
  • The occasional wild animal
  • Dogs and Cats are also members of someones family
  • Slow moving traffic, tractors etc
Equally other road users also need to remember their manners, Cyclists 3 a breast is not fair, nor is Horse riders, pedestrians. Not wearing High Vis attire in the dark and using the wrong side of the road is unfair.

Its not all one way traffic pardon the pun, its about respect for each other and the surroundings. Until that is accomplished  the same old debate will continue.

Earlswood Wildlife Partnership
Contact us at: ewp2010@btinternet.com or on 07528 595444       
Newsletter 15


I know it is a bit late but Happy New Year anyway!

Dormouse Survey

 Is this a dormouse nest?.......Well the answer is probably yes! Although the nest contained a wood mouse when we found it, Andy Bucklitch thinks it may have been made by a dormouse. It was found in one of the survey tubes along the fence of the railway line and may be the first evidence we have of dormice present in Clowes Wood. The survey tubes have now been collected and cleaned for storage over the winter months but will be put out again in March, this time on the south side of the wood. Specific areas have already been identified and we will put a number of the survey tubes in each area to maximise our chances of detecting dormice. If you would like to help with putting out the survey tubes please let us know and we will keep you informed as to the survey date.

Bird and bat boxes
The generous donation we received from the Earlswood Fete Committee has been put towards the purchase of specialist nest boxes to be installed around the lakes and in Clowes Wood. We have also bought wood to make several bat boxes which need to be made up and installed. (See events diary below)

Bat Survey (21st September 2013)
Of the 78 boxes checked, 9 were occupied (24 bats in total- 13 Pipistrelle and 11 Brown Long-Eared) and a further 27 boxes showed evidence of bats.

Butterfly Survey Forms 2013

Thanks to those that have returned their forms and if anyone still has a form to return please leave at 122 Malthouse Lane or send results to ewp2010@btinternet.com  
In 2013 16 species of butterfly were recorded in Earlswood gardens which is fewer than in 2012 when 20 species were recorded, but the numbers recorded were greatly increased. Again the most common was the Large White but this year the numbers recorded rose from 54 in 2012 to 312 in 2013, second most common was the Small White 202 increased from 29, followed by the Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. The numbers reported seem to show 2013 was a very good year for Butterflies; let’s hope 2014 is just as good.
Every garden has different habitats so the more people that take part in the Earlswood Butterfly Survey the more information we will be able to gather, and you don’t even have to leave your garden!
This year we will be e-mailing the recording forms to everyone on our list so if you have not received this newsletter by e-mail and would like to receive a form please get in touch.

Events Diary 2014
Sat 8th February - Building bat boxes – please contact us if you could help.

Sat 15th February  10.30am– Installing Bird and Bat Boxes, meet at Malthouse Lane car park

Fri 18th April  8.00pm – Amphibian Survey, meet at Engine House car park (near Red Lion)

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

We hope there will be other dates for you to come along and join us, including the Dormouse and Reptile Surveys as well as the ever popular Bat Walks and Moth Night. These dates will be announced later.

Bob Roberts
Membership Secretary (contact : ewp2010@btinternet.com)




Warwickshire County Council proposes to make a Temporary Traffic Order closing D5002 Forshaw Heath Lane, Portway, from the A435 for approximately 500 metres, to vehicular traffic.

The closure is required for structural patching of carriageway.

The Order will commence on 3 March 2014 and will last for a period of 18 months, or until the works are completed, whichever is the earlier.  However, it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 8 March 2014.

Pedestrian access to and egress from properties and land situated adjacent to the length of road to be closed will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access will be maintained where possible.

An alternative route will be signed and is available via: Poolhead Lane, Broad Lane, Penn Lane and in reverse order.

The Contractor dealing with this matter is Pete Wills for Balfour Beatty (Tel: 07837 319322).

The Council regrets any inconvenience that may be caused.  The person dealing with this matter at Warwickshire County Council is Michael Rogers, County Highways (Tel: 01926 412515).

A G Needham
Head of Law and Governance

Shire Hall, Warwick

14 February 2014