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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Steps and Bird Hide

Jan and David built steps to our new hide. Meanwhile,

Dave, Alistair and Graham completed our new hide in very blustery conditions.

More Images HERE

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

New Bird Box

We recently installed a new bird box. We have around 50 replacements to fit within the next few weeks.

More images HERE

Saturday, 3 March 2018

The Beast from the East....

It has been a challenging time for wildlife in the weather we've been having - and a challenging time for the hardy volunteers on the bird feeding rota too! So, a big thank you to all the regular feeders. We've hardly missed a day I think.
Thank you also to the many visitors who arrive with seed, mealworms, peanuts etc to add to the menu. Your efforts are really appreciated and we hope you enjoy the reward of a good view of the bird life around the feeding areas at the cabins and in the reserve. The robins are now forming a queue on the shelf as we arrive!

Friday, 23 February 2018

Top time at Cromwell Bottom

It's been very nice spending half-term week with my family and a fair chunk of that has been spent at CBNR.  It's been cold and the light has been changeable but I managed to get some nice shots this week.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Nice Day Out On The Reserve

     A Good day out on the reserve yesterday, plenty of
     people and plenty of Bird life, bumped into Dave L
     while I was there and its always a pleasure talking
     to Dave and deserves a lot of credit for all the work
     he does for the group.

     Blue, Great, Coal and Long Tailed Tits, Bullfinch,
     Reed Buntings, Robin, Dunnock, Jay, Grey Heron,
     Goosander, Teal, Mallard, Nuthatch, Goldfinch,
     Wren, 2 Buzzard overhead also Mute Swan on canal.


Monday, 19 February 2018


Bums on Seats at the Bottom.......

Here’s some unexpected good news – your votes really did make a difference!
the AVIVA Community Fund got back in touch as one of the winning projects wasn’t able to go ahead. So….. We got our grant after all! Huge thanks to you all, and thanks to AVIVA too.
We are now in the process of finding a supplier for the benches and deciding exactly where to put them.
The committee has some ideas for where they think the benches would be sited, but we’d like to hear your views on this too.
  • Do you have a favourite spot to linger in?
  • Is there a place where you like to stop for a breather?
  • Do your knees need a rest somewhere along your walk?
There will probably be three benches. We can't promise they will go exactly in your preferred places for reasons of practicality and safety, but your ideas will help us make the final decisions. 

You can get in touch via this blog - leave a comment below, or email or leave a comment on our Facebook page. Also, if you are a Sunday cabin visitor talk to one of the team there and leave your comments.

Many thanks!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Recent Birds this week at the Bird Viewing Area.

                                                           Long Tailed Tits


                                                             Bullfinches (m)

                                                                   Blue Tits

                                                                  Chaffinch (F)

Saturday, 10 February 2018

At the Viewing Area

A few images from yesterday afternoon.  A dozen or so bullfinch, great tit and blue tit along with long-tailed tit, chaffinch and robin were around for most of the time.  A jay put in a very quick visit, too.

Great Tit

Blue Tit



Ric Jackson

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Otter Cub rescued

I don't know a lot about this, but it seems a young Otter were picked up along the Calder in Hebden Bridge a few days ago. It has been taken to an otter sanctuary, with intentions expressed to release it in Calderdale eventually

See Calderbirds.blogspot. (picture)

Originally it was posted by Matt Bell that two cubs had been rescued but it turns out this was due to a misunderstanding on Facebook.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

I couldn't resist posting this one from today.  We took food to the viewing area and filled up the stumps and some of the feeders.  Lots of feathered friends today on account of the weather.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Thank you to the Colliers.....

   ...... for rescuing our meeting! We were very grateful to you and your regulars for welcoming us and enabling us to hold our committee meeting in the bar after the power supply failed at our cabin.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Recent shots from CBNR and a visitor to my garden

Some recent shots from the Viewing Area.  It's been mightily cold there recently.

It was a surprise to see this goldcrest in my garden.  The light was terrible and I had to bump up the ISO but I still think it's a worthy of a post.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

A couple of photos from yesterday morning.

Was nice to see the Bank Vole and, although heavy cropped, good to get a few shots

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Treecreeper in feeding area

Welcome visitor to the feeding area this morning

Saturday, 9 December 2017


Saturday the 9th is our last work party of the year and we could do with some help. We are planting trees on North Loop and many hands make it easier.
We are also running a strimmer course.

Meet at the cabin at 9.30 start with a brew and a chat.
If you intend staying all day bring along some lunch.

Friday, 1 December 2017

AVIVA - no luck this time!

Sadly we didn't get into the final group of lucky projects to get a grant this year, but there's always next time!

Many, many thanks to everyone who took the trouble to cast votes for our project "Bums on Seats at the Bottom!" - and it was trouble!!
AVIVA have sent a very apologetic email out to all the entrants about the difficulties with their website and in recognition of all the hassle they have given us £100, which should go some way towards realising our plans.
So, onwards and upwards as they say.....

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Thank you SUMA!

We had a good surprise when David found several sacks at the gate last week - our friends at SUMA Wholefoods had left us a very generous donation of sunflower seeds for our winter bird feeding supplies.

We - and the birds - are really grateful, so thank you very much!

A sunny, chilly work day

Well the sun was shining, but it didn't ever really shift the frost. Despite that we all got stuck in - working to keep warm I suspect!

Welcome to new volunteer Martin who soon got busy with filling the bird feeders at the cabins and at the viewing area. Some work also got done down there to tidy up the logs and feeders.

We did a big clean up around the cabin, inside and out, which all makes it a welcoming place for Sunday visitors and weekday volunteers alike.
David and his team were occupied with their usual assortment of drills, hammers, wheelbarrows etc on "major works" to improve our storage and organisation.
A litter picking walk was also a good chance to see five Hooper swans fly over the reserve and to spot the giveaway signs of a sparrowhawk kill on the wildflower meadow.

Finally, the wildlife is now moving in.... 

More volunteers are always welcome - when are you coming down?

Sunday, 26 November 2017

It was freezing in the viewing area this morning.  I've just begun to thaw out whilst looking at this morning's shots.  A wren made a brief appearance in a great spot on the logs but was chased off by a dog entering the viewing area - so frustrating but there's always next week!

A trio of nuthatch shots from today:

The middle one is my personal favourite.