Monday, 12 September 2016

Proposals to expand fishing at Terry's Pool... again

We've been here before, but again proposals have been submitted to Canal and River Trust regarding expansion of fishing at Terry's Pool, and apparently the fisherman pushing this is taking them to court over it! Currently fishing at Terry's Pool is restricted to the eastern side that adjoins Engine Pool. The following is from Earlswood Wildlife Partnership, and the expansion proposals are in the image at the bottom:


Dear Members
Attached are details of proposals sent to Canal and River Trust regarding changes requested to fishing rights on Terry’s Pool.
Earlswood Wildlife Partnership will oppose these changes which we see as detrimental to the wildlife of this area but we have been asked to forward this proposal to our members in order that as many people as possible have the opportunity to make their views heard.
Any views you may wish to put forward should be sent to Len Cresswell:
no later than 19th September to enable him to compile a reply to these proposals based on interested parties views (we would be grateful if you could send a copy of your response to us as well).
Please do forward a copy of this to anyone you feel maybe interested in this proposal and may wish to make a response but, most importantly, please send your responses to Len Cresswell BEFORE 19th September.
Best regards
Cheryl Roberts (Secretary)
Earlswood Wildlife Partnership

Rose Farm habitat changes

In the wooded part of Rose Farm adjoining Little Clowes Wood, trees have been cut down and the stream dredged. It's no longer possible to access Clowes Wood meadow via here as the stream has been re-directed around the culvert, which formerly you could walk on to cross the stream. Most alarmingly though is the fact that this has been done in the immediate vicinity of bat boxes, and some of the trees felled may have had bat boxes on them! Some of this land may be owned by Canal and River Trust too, but as far as I know this work has been done by the Parker family who are the new owners of Rose Farm! Pictures taken today:

Trees have been cleared all the way along the stream to where it joins Terry's Pool feeder channel

Cleared area looking towards the railway

Cleared area looking towards the railway

The now defunct culvert, the stream having been re-directed around it

Cleared area right next to bat boxes :-(

Cleared area right next to bat boxes :-(

Cleared area looking towards Terry's Pool

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Earlswood autumn all-day birdwatch 2016

This autumn's patch all-dayer produced a cumulative total of 57 bird species. Many thanks to John Sirrett for compiling the following list for the day:
  1. Mute Swan
  2. Greylag Goose
  3. Canada Goose
  4. Mallard
  5. Tufted Duck
  6. Little Grebe
  7. Great Crested Grebe
  8. Cormorant
  9. Grey Heron
  10. Sparrowhawk
  11. Buzzard
  12. Kestrel
  13. Pheasant
  14. Moorhen
  15. Coot
  16. Common Sandpiper
  17. Black-headed Gull
  18. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  19. Herring Gull
  20. Stock Dove
  21. Wood Pigeon
  22. Collared Dove
  23. Swift
  24. Kingfisher
  25. Green Woodpecker
  26. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  27. Sand Martin
  28. Swallow
  29. House Martin
  30. Meadow Pipit
  31. Grey Wagtail
  32. Pied Wagtail
  33. Wren
  34. Dunnock
  35. Robin
  36. Blackbird
  37. Song Thrush
  38. Mistle Thrush
  39. Blackcap
  40. Chiffchaff
  41. Goldcrest
  42. Long-tailed Tit
  43. Blue Tit
  44. Great Tit
  45. Nuthatch
  46. Treecreeper
  47. Magpie
  48. Jay
  49. Jackdaw
  50. Carrion Crow
  51. Raven
  52. Starling
  53. House Sparrow
  54. Chaffinch
  55. Greenfinch
  56. Goldfinch
  57. Bullfinch
I could only manage to find 40 species (re-counted) in the 4 hours I could spare due to uni coursework, so many thanks to John Oates, John Sirrett and Jim Winsper for also participating. It rained for part of the day, and many of the passerines were elusive, often just heard-only observations in vegetation still in full-leaf, so conditions were especially challenging. Seeing as we got 56 species on the all-dayer last autumn, 57 this autumn was a very good score!

By the way, I realise that I never got round to writing up the results of the Earlswood all-dayer back in the spring. The 77 species recorded in one day was a fantastic result and must surely be a patch record - one which we may never beat again! I got 67 species which was a personal best. Many thanks to the participants on that day, who were Jon Chidwick, Paul Fitzgerald, Yvonne Heward, Mike Jeeves, John Oates, Barbara Philp, Tony Philp, John Sirrett and Jim Winsper.

I'm so proud of Team Earlswood! :-)