Next Meetings & Events 2018

WHATS ON: In 2018 - Jan onwards

There are meetings every Thursday. These are work parties. Come along for an hour or stay all day. Bring lunch. Drinks are available in the cabin.

Every third Saturday in the month there are bird watching walks and bird counts for beginners and experienced alike. Drinks in the Cabin.

ALSO The Second Saturday in conjunction with the Halifax Scientific Society. Walk. Saturday 14th April 10:30-15:30 Amphibians at Cromwell Bottom. Meet at Cromwell Bottom car park. HD6 2RG. Dog and family friendly walk, accessible for all. Approx. 3 miles.

Please be aware that times and dates may be subject to change. Always check the blog before coming along.

Toilets will be available at all these events

The wildlife group is running 2 days of events on January 20th  and February 17 th  which are open to everyone; no need to book just turn up at the appropriate time with the correct equipment  ie.   Warm, waterproof clothing, walking boots or wellingtons as the paths are muddy at this time of year. Plus the specialist equipment needed for each activity.(see following notes)
Time, Meet in the cabin 9.45am  for mornings and 12.15pm for afternoons
There are 3 activities taking place each day.

Saturday January 20th
•  2 sessions of photography morning and afternoon - attend one OR both
•  2 Sessions of bird survey/walk morning and afternoon - attend either
•  1 session of “Get to know C.B.” walk - in the afternoon only

Saturday February 17th 
•  2 sessions of photography, morning and afternoon - attend one OR both
•  2 sessions of bird survey walk, morning and afternoon - attend either
•  2 sessions of “Get to know C.B.” walk, morning and afternoon – attend either


Even though we take the utmost precautions we must remind you that the 
activities take part in the natural world where it is impossible to control everything. So we ask all participants to take care when walking on uneven ground and close to water.        
There will be first aiders in attendance. Children MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Drinks and refreshments will be available in the cabin after each session but please bring your own lunches.There is no charge for our activities, but donations are always very welcome to help with the running of the cabin and making improvements on the reserve.


This event is aimed at helping people to become more proficient in making photographic images. It will cover various modes, settings, lighting tips,
composition, Bokeh etc..

Itinerary             Meet in the cabin 10.0am     finish 12.00 OR 2.30pm
     10.00 -  11.00  Basic camera techniques  Q & A     11.00 – 12.00 move into the reserve to the feeding station (light is better here in the morning) to take pictures to practise basic techniques
     12.00 – 12.30  Lunch in cabin (hot drinks are provided)     12.30 Approx. Take pictures at feeding station near cabin
      2.00   Evaluation/questions to finish

You may come for the whole day (bring lunch) OR just the morning OR just the afternoon. 
Sessions are designed to help everyone - from total beginners through to enthusiasts who are looking for a few advanced tips and tricks.

Your own camera equipment/smartphone

WALK  “Get to know Cromwell Bottom better”

January 20th  PM Walk. Meet in the cabin 12.15pm for 12.30 start.   Finish by 2.30pm.

February 17th AM Walk. Meet in the cabin 9.45  10.00 start. Finish 12.00 approx.  
PM Walk. Meet in the cabin 12.15pm for 12.30 start.   Finish by 2.30pm. 
This guided walk will show Cromwell Bottom Reserve in a different light ……...

1) the history of how the reserve was started and how it has developed over the years.
2) the projects we have completed and the ones we are hoping to do in the future.
3) how we maintain the various habitats to encourage the different wildlife to occupy them and so that woodland is not allowed take over.
4) the roles of our amazing volunteers without whom we could not achieve anything.

Meet in the cabin at 9.45 to start at 10.00am finish 12.00 approx.
OR Meet in the cabin at 12.15 to start at 12.30pm finish at 2.30pm

This comprises of a walk around the reserve visiting the different habitats to count and list the birds seen. We do this every month to observe the changes in bird behaviour and discuss why.

1)We shall discuss the importance of knowing which birds and how many, to add to national data.
2)Also helping with I.D. mentioning the diagnostic points. plumage, size etc.
3)Discussing various habitats and how the birds who live in them have adapted themselves.
4)Other topics could include Migration, Breeding etc.


Binoculars are really important if you are to get the most enjoyment from the birds. 

             Wed   11th   Newt Night,     Meet 7.30pm in CB carpark   Robin Dalton 07712 867619
              Sat    14th   Work party  . Meet in cabin 9.30am Robin Dalton 07712 867619
             Sat     14th    Amphibian Discovery walk  Steve Blacksmith     Meet in carpark at 10.30am  ends             about 3.30pm  Bring lunch, hot drinks available in the  cabin.
              Sat     21st Bird Survey/Walk meet in cabin at 10.00am Mike Henshaw 
              Wed   25th    A.G.M. in Mulberry suite, Brighouse 6th Form Centre HD6 1AY at 7.30pm                                                                                                                           

May      Tues  8th       scouts activity night making a Bug Hotel, Simon
              Sat     12th    Work party. Meet in cabin 9.30am Robin Dalton 07712 867619
              Sat     19th    Bird Survey/Walk   Mike Henshaw meet in cabin for 10.00am start, 

June    Sat    2nd/3rd   moth night/ morning
                            Meet about half an hour before dusk on Saturday and Sunday morning !0.00 am  onwards  to identify the caught moths.
              Sat     9th  Work party  . Meet in cabin 9.30am Robin Dalton 07712 867619
                            Bat walk???
             Sun    10th    Pond dipping  Simon
              Sun     24th  Bel’s tree walk ‘Summer Solstice’ meet in cabin at 1.15pm for 1.30pm start, finish 3.30pm
              Sat      30th/July 1st           Moths  night/morning  Timing as before.

July      Sat       7th  Celebrating Meadows at Cromwell Bottom Meet 10am at CB carpark Robin Dalton 07712 867619
           Sat      14th  Work party  . Meet in cabin 9.30am Robin Dalton 07712 867619
           Sat      14th Big Butterfly count Steve Blacksmith. Meet in carpark at 10.30am   ends  about  3.30pm  Bring lunch, hot drinks available in the  cabin.
              Sat      21st / 22nd     Moth night    timing as before         

Aug    Sat     4th OPEN DAY 


Bat Walk   September 1st. Meet at 7:30 pm at the Cabin. Bring a torch.

This Saturday, September 15th    Bird Survey/Walk   Meet the group for a walk/bird survey at the cabin for a 10 am start.

Christmas Bash

Sunday December 16th

In the Cabin
All welcome to come along from 10:30 til 16:00
Members please bring food to share
Non alcoholic mulled wine and soup in the cabin
Non members welcome to come along, please bring a donation
All donations go to