Thursday, 7 May 2020

A few since my last post ,birds are meadow pipit, willow warbler ,sand martin .gwh

Wednesday, 6 May 2020


Hi All
The Sunday Cabin will be closed for now. Thanks for your support.

CBWG Chair

The Reserve will be open for walks as normal. Always maintain at least 2 metres from others.  STAY SAFE

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Bird sightings -April 2020

57 species in total. A very good total considering the lockdown situation and the recorders are visiting much less often for their allowable exercise.

The highlight is undoubtedly the sighting of common scoter. Scoters are sea ducks and at the beginning of the month there was a large movement from the west coast to the east. Looks like we had some tired individuals stopping off for a rest.

The Spring migrants have started to arrive. The highlight of these were some very obliging wheatear. An uncommon bird at our reserve.

Many thanks to all the contributors especially Mike Henshaw, Jeff Milne and Graham Haigh.

Cromwell Bottom Bird Sightings April 2020

Mute Swan Great Black Backed Gull Willow Warbler
Greylag Goose Stock Dove Chiffchaff
Canada Goose Wood Pigeon Wren
Mallard Kingfisher Great Tit
Common Scoter Great Spotted Woodpecker Coal Tit
Goosander Skylark Blue Tit
Little Grebe Sand Martin Long-tailed Tit
Cormorant Swallow Nuthatch
Grey Heron House Martin Magpie
Buzzard Meadow Pipit Jay
Sparrowhawk Pied Wagtail Jackdaw
Kestrel Grey Wagtail Rook
Moorhen Dunnock Carrion Crow
Coot Robin Starling
Oystercatcher Wheatear Chaffinch
Black-headed Gull Song Thrush Goldfinch
Common Gull Mistle Thrush Bullfinch
Herring Gull Blackbird Greenfinch
Lesser Black Backed Gull Blackcap Reed B

Posted by Vic

Monday, 27 April 2020

Just because we  are not down on the reserve dose not mean life stops the locals are enjoying the peace and quiet. Here are two to remind us that we are the ones loosing out

Not great quality but at least a record
Keep Safe hope we get back to normal soon
David L

Monday, 20 April 2020

Hi all surprise of the day was 3 male wheatears one of which followed me and posed like he was a pro.also buzzard ,mipit, female sky lark . Yours Graham

Sunday, 19 April 2020


Yesterday, Saturday, I saw a kingfisher on the Calder, downstream from St Stephen’s Church, across from the rugby field, on the North Dean Woods side. Might there be a nest in the sandy bank there?

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Subs and membership fees

HI everyone we as a group hope you are all keeping well and safe please keep up to the social disstanceing and lets hope it goes away soon . In that vain we are suspending subs and fees untill September which will then be half price ,for anyone who has already paid we will give you half price membership next year. if by any chance anyone would like to donate or pay a full years Subs we wont refuse them and class them as a donation.  We hope to be back up and running by September . yours Graham

Thursday, 2 April 2020

In isolation in the compound

Nuthatch, Buzzard,  Female Reed Bunting,  Robin,  Long-tailed Tit

Beak of the day.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Spring 2020 Newsletter

Spring 2020 Newsletter is now available!

Here is a direct link to the latest offering from the Newsletter team (Lyn, Jane and Val).  It is all about the Thursday and Sunday Volunteers who make things happen at the Reserve, and a wonderful update from the Bee Hives in Calderdale (thank you Roger!).

Enjoy, and as usual please send in any comments, articles, photos to the newsletter email address on the back page.

Friday, 20 March 2020

March Flowers

As volunteering sessions are suspended for the foreseeable future I spent some of my social distancing time on Thursday walking around the reserve to see what flowers are out. Here is a selection.

Next to the car park there are a number of Flowering Current (Ribes sanguineum) shrubs currently in flower. It's a garden escape which seems to have very successfully escaped to Cromwell Bottom. If you look closely at the pink flowers you will see that they have five outer splayed petals, and five inner petals that form a tube. They are in hanging racemes (flower cluster with the separate flowers attached by short equal stalks). The leaves have 3 to 5 rounded lobes.

There are many Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) trees around the reserve. They are usually smallish looking more like a large bush than a tree but can be easily recognised at this time of the year as they have white flowers but no leaves. The white flowers contrast starkly with the black or very dark wood (hence the name). The flowers have five rounded white petals with numerous stamens.

During the year the Sloes develop which can be picked in Autumn to flavour your gin or make Sloe jam but watch out for those sharp thorns!

One of the earliest dandelion look-a-likes to appear in the year is Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara). You will see it flowering without leaves, the disproportionate sized leaves appear later usually after flowering has finished. The stems are scaly and sometimes red.

See this picture of a Dandelion (Taraxacum agg.) for comparison, a few early ones are already out:

2 members of the Buttercup family are currently displaying.

Marsh Marigolds (Caltha palustris) have been out for several weeks already. You can see them in the course of the disused canal opposite the dipping ponds, they like wet conditions. They look like very large buttercups but with large very un-buttercup like leaves

Lesser Celandines (Ficaria verna) are just appearing, they are low growing and are in a number places in the reserve, the one I photographed was by the river. The number of yellow petals is variable, the outers are green tinged. The leaves are glossy and heart shaped.

There will be much more to emerge in the coming weeks.

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Moth Night sat 14th

Arrivals from 6.30pm - warm clothing, torch, & good footwear the usual requirements.
See whoever then.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

February 2020 Bird sightings

Cromwell Bottom Bird Sightings February 2020 
Mute Swan Dunnock
Canada Goose Robin
Mallard Song Thrush
Teal Redwing
Goldeneye Mistle Thrush
Goosander Fieldfare
Cormorant Blackbird
Grey Heron Goldcrest
Buzzard Wren
Sparrowhawk Great Tit
Kestrel Coal Tit
Water Rail Blue Tit
Moorhen Long-tailed Tit
Coot Nuthatch
Snipe Treecreeper
Black-headed Gull Magpie
Common Gull Jay
Herring Gull Jackdaw
Lesser Black Backed Gull Rook
Stock Dove Carrion Crow
Wood Pigeon Chaffinch
Kingfisher Linnet
Green Woodpecker Redpoll
Great Spotted Woodpecker Goldfinch
Meadow Pipit Siskin
Grey Wagtail Bullfinch

Reed Bunting

Cromwell Bottom Access

There is no access from Elland to Cromwell Bottom as the road is subsiding.
Access from Brookfoot is as normal.

From Halifax the best way is via Southowram and down to Brookfoot.
If you are in Elland then go via Lower Edge Road and down to Brighouse that way.
This takes another 10 to 15 mins.

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Moth night Sat 29th

Last week was a catch up so this week Saturday 29th is a planned one.

 6.00pm arrivals, usual Torch, warm clothing, & footwear for muddy paths if walking the wood checking the Goo (sugaring),
See Whoever then.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Moth night Sat 22nd

Cancelled tonight due to heavy rain + high winds which when combined = NO MOTHS.

So we just move it to next week Sat 22nd, 6.00pm arrivals, usual Torch, warm clothing, & footwear for muddy paths if walking the wood checking the Goo (sugaring),
See Whoever then.

Friday, 31 January 2020

January 2019 Bird Sightings

Below are all the reported bird sightings for Cromwell Bottom nature
reserve in January 2020. Many thanks to all who contributed, most
especially Mike Henshaw and Jeff Milne.

Highlight is undoubtably the over-wintering chiffchaff but the long
staying water rail on the lagoon is also worth a mention.

55 birds in total.

Cromwell Bottom Bird Sightings January 2020
Mute SwanDunnock
Pink-footed GooseRobin
Grey Lag GooseSong Thrush
Canada GooseRedwing
MallardMistle Thrush
Little GrebeChiffchaff
Grey HeronWren
BuzzardGreat Tit
SparrowhawkCoal Tit
KestrelBlue Tit
Water RailLong-tailed Tit
Black-headed GullJay
Common GullJackdaw
Herring GullRook
Lesser Black Backed GullCarrion Crow
Stock DoveChaffinch
Wood PigeonLinnet
Barn OwlGoldfinch
Great Spotted WoodpeckerBullfinch
Grey WagtailGreenfinch
Reed Bunting

Thursday, 30 January 2020

Moth Night Sat 1st

5pm Arrivals, warm clothing, stout footwear & torch a must.
See you there.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Cromwell Bottom Birds

I haven't posted images on the blog for quite some time.  Here's just a handful of the birds  that call Cromwell Bottom their home and are part of the impressive list of all that do.  Enjoy!

Great Tit


Coal Tit


Long-tailed Tit

Ric J

Thursday, 23 January 2020

2019 Cromwell Bottom NR Bird Species list

Below is the list of all the species of birds seen on the Cromwell Bottom Nature reserve in 2019. There is a total of 92 different species.

Mute Swan Common Gull Blackcap
Pink-footed Goose Herring Gull Whitethroat
Canada Goose Lesser Black Backed Gull Sedge Warbler
Mallard Common Tern Reed Warbler
Shoveler Stock Dove Willow Warbler
Teal Wood Pigeon Chiffchaff
Pochard Collared Dove Goldcrest
Scaup Tawny Owl Wren
Tufted Duck Barn Owl Spotted Flycatcher
Goldeneye Swift Great Tit
Goosander Kingfisher Coal Tit
Pheasant Green Woodpecker Blue Tit
Little Grebe Great Spotted Woodpecker Long-tailed Tit
Great Crested Grebe Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Nuthatch
Cormorant Skylark Treecreeper
Little Egret Sand Martin Magpie
Great White Egret Swallow Jay
Grey Heron House Martin Jackdaw
Red Kite Meadow Pipit Rook
Buzzard Pied Wagtail Carrion Crow
Sparrowhawk Grey Wagtail Starling
Kestrel Dipper Chaffinch
Peregrine  Dunnock Linnet
Water Rail Robin Redpoll
Moorhen Wheatear Goldfinch
Coot Song Thrush Siskin
Oystercatcher Redwing Bullfinch
Lapwing Mistle Thrush Greenfinch
Common Sandpiper Fieldfare Reed Bunting
Woodcock Blackbird
Snipe Garden Warbler
Black-headed Gull

A few highlights worth mentioning:
1) A few years ago the trustees set themselves the task of trying to attract a few key species to breed on the reserve for probably the first time. Success was achieved in definitely attracting barn owl and probably attracting skylark. Much work has gone on behind the scenes to attract these locally rare breeding birds to the reserve.
2) Sightings were made of 2 different egret species. It is not many years since these became regular visitors to southern England but they are now moving further north. It will not be long before they become regular visitors to the reserve?   

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Moth Night Sat 11th

First one for the year 4.30pm start.
Essentials are warm clothing, torch, & good footwear if walking the wood checking sugaring.
See you there.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

New Viewing Platform

We are pleased to announce a new viewing platform at Cromwell Reserve that has been commissioned by Calderdale Council
 . This has been funded from The Brighouse Ladies Circle ,Tesco’s through there plastic bag fund and Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group this provides visitors of all ages and abilities with a safe platform from which to view the lagoon and enjoy watching the visiting birds and wildfowl . Visitors may see glimpses of the elusive Water Rail and Little Grebe  whilst Reed Buntings and Reed Warblers flit across the reeds  or just sit a while and watch the world go by. Yours Cromwell Trustees