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Earlswood Wildlife Partnership newsletter 13

The exceptionally cold March seems to have put spring on hold but at least the early days of April have given us more sunshine (albeit with a biting wind!).
The EWP has now bought an IR digital movement camera that is activated when motion is detected. It is able to record still photos and video footage both day and night which will be very useful in monitoring wildlife in the area. As funding permits, we are looking into the feasibility of a kingfisher nest bank, repairing the artificial islands in Terry’s and Engine pools and repairing the otter halt. In conjunction with the parish council we would like to create a wildflower area along the side of Engine pool – so lots to do!
Please come along to our AGM on Tuesday 11th June to find out more.

Dormouse Survey
The inserts for the dormouse tubes have now been replaced and surveys will take place throughout the year. This is the 2nd year of a 3 year project.

Noticeboards
Noticeboards have been installed at both entrances to Clowes Wood to provide information regarding our activities in the wood and forthcoming events.

Photo :- Tony Philp

Photo :- Tony Philp

Bird and Bat boxes

In February a number of bird boxes were installed in the area of Clowes Wood where we have our bat boxes. Hopefully the Blue Tits will use these rather than the bat boxes! The next phase will be to install bird boxes around the lakes some of which will be special types aimed at specific species. We are also experimenting with a different type of bat box which is specifically designed to encourage Barbastelle bats. These boxes are expensive so we are hoping to make our own in future.

Earlswood Butterfly Survey
We have distributed over 400 butterfly survey sheets in the local area and are hoping more people than ever will take part this year. Last year showed an increase in the number of species recorded but fewer individuals so next year’s results will be interesting to compare. We would encourage everyone to have a go – it’s simple and fun. If you have not received a survey form and would like to take part or if you know someone who would like to give it a go, please contact us and we will make sure everyone gets a survey sheet.

Earlswood Lakes Concerns Group
We will be meeting with officials from the Canal and River Trust later this month. If you have any comments you would like passing on at the meeting, please contact us at ewp2010@btinternet.com or on 07528 595444

Dates for your diary
Bat Survey – Sat 13th April 10am meet at Malthouse Lane car park

Reptile Survey – Sat 20th April 10am meet at Malthouse Lane car park

Evening Chorus Walk – Sat 4th May 7pm meet at Wood Lane car park (Clowes Wood) charge £2

Wildflower Walk – Sat 11th May 2.30pm meet at Wood Lane car park (Clowes Wood) charge £2

Bat Night – Fri 17th May 9pm meet at Fishermans car park Wood Lane charge £2

Birding for Beginners – Saturday 25th May 09.00 – 12.30
A morning’s practical introduction to birding for the beginner on a local ‘patch’.
Led by experts Tony and Matt, the course will cover equipment, field craft and
identification on a guided walk around Earlswood Lakes and surrounds.
Stout footwear is recommended.
Binoculars would be an asset, but can be provided where required.
As numbers will be limited, advanced booking is essential.
Please contact us to reserve a place

Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 11th June at 7.30pm at Earlswood Village Hall – Includes wildlife talk by Paul Wilkinson, second hand book sale, wildlife photos plus coffee and cakes

Moth Night – Sat 13th July 8.30pm meet at Wood Lane car park (Clowes Wood)

Bob Roberts
(Membership Secretary)

Earlswood Wildlife Partnership newsletter 13 (pdf version)

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