Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Goosander family

Hello all,
We are new to the group, having only just found the reserve in spite of living in the Brighouse area for many years.  On our first visit (1st June, evening) we came across a family of goosanders being panicked by a heron. On the way back to the car park via the canal bank we spotted them making use of an old tyre in the river.  Not sure if this is a common roosting spot or just a convenient place to stop off?

We returned twice during the following week but didn't see them in the same place again.  It would be nice to know if this is common behaviour or just a chance sighting.
Really impressed with the whole site, the bird feeding area in particular.  Many thanks to all those who have helped to create and maintain a local wildlife haven.  We look forward to visiting frequently in the future.

Monday, 11 June 2018

North Loop

I had a wander round on Sunday morning (with permission :-) to do a bit of mothing and generally enjoy the solitude. It was a warm and generally sunny day so not surprisingly there was plenty of
lepidoptera on the wing - most notably this stunning Blood-vein to the west of the site by the Calder: It's more of a southern species with very few records in Calderdale.

There were a few species colonising the site which are more familiar on Tag meadow including a few Yellow Shells (below) and Shaded Broad-bars

It was nice to see quite a few burnet moth cocoons and pupae on the vegetation after their apparent demise in Tag meadow. Maybe they'll colonise in their thousands as the population has now gotten a foothold.

And one for the micro moth enthusiasts (what do you mean there aren't any :-) was this Eucosma cana on Yarrow.

Sunday, 10 June 2018


Four-spotted Chaser and Broad-Bodied Chaser on the dipping pond today.

 Four-spotted Chaser

Male Broad-bodied Chaser

Few from Saturday morning

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Pond Dipping

There will be a pond dipping session this Sunday 10th of June. Meet at the cabin for 10:30am. 

Friday, 8 June 2018

Couple of insects

A couple of insects I managed to capture after a day's volunteering yesterday. The damselfly is a common blue and the beetle is a probable cassida sanguinosa.

Apologies that the photos are not up to the usual standard from the group but I try my best!

Lovely morning walk and quick visit to the feeding area.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Reed Warbler - for Bruce

Is this him Bruce? Taken last week

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Reed Warbler

We had exceptional views of a Reed Warbler yesterday. Only 4 yards away near the top of the reeds. The variety of calls were superb, our best ever. No camera with me!!!
Other birds included Garden warblers, Blackcap, Whitethroats, Willow warblers, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, L Grebe. (where are the swifts?)

Saturday, 28 April 2018


The two Common Terns found by somebody on the ski lake this morning.

Spring Newsletter

The Spring Newsletter has just been emailed to everyone listed as a member on 30-4-2018 ......... with a gentle reminder that subs are now due for the year 2018-19. [family memberships get only one email, so we hope you share!]

If you haven't received your copy please check that you haven't blocked If that doesn't work please send an email to that address and confirm your current email address.

Happy reading!

Friday, 27 April 2018

Chair's Report 2018

The Chair's report given on April 25th 2018 is shown in full here.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

This picture of a Blackcap was taken at the bird feeding area by Mick

It was nice to see at the feeders

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

                      WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET

Hi All

We are picking up 1000 Haw/blackthorn plants on Wednesday and we need help to plant them 
we will be meeting at 9.30 every Thursday and also on Saturday the 14th of April, if you could spare an hour or two that would be great.

This latest planting will complete the hedge on North Loop and mark the end of one of our largest projects in the last few years.


Thursday, 22 March 2018

Thank You

  I'd just like to say a Big Thank You to all the hard working
  volunteers at Cromwell Bottom, I love walking down by the
  riverside looking for Kingfishers and Dippers but I always
  did it with some trepidation as I was always looking at the floor
  in case I slipped or stood in a puddle of mud, but now its a pleasure
  to walk on there and you can now get nearer to the river without
  being attacked with nettles and brambles.
  Fantastic job you should all be proud of yourselves.
  Well Done.

    Birds seen today were Blue & Great Tit, LTT,  Bullfinch, Blackbird, Robin,
    2 Buzzard, Cormorant, Goosander, Dipper, Mallard, Wren, Heron, Magpie,
    Jay, Nuthatch, Reed Bunting and Kestrel.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Steps and Bird Hide

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

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

More Images HERE

May we point out that the hide is not available to the public at the moment.

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)