Saturday, 13 August 2022

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Moth night sat 13th

 Start time around 10pm, with arrivals from 9.30pm. If we have this heat all week, it should be a stonker with a probability of over 50 species, at this time of year.

Nice spanking visitor centre to view them in, brewing up facilities, toilets, but television is sat nights no1, for most.

Dont watch wildlife on tv - Get out and connect with it.

See whoever then.


Thursday, 4 August 2022

Bird Sightings July 2022

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Goosander, Pheasant, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Kestrel, Moorhen, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Swift, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, House Martin, Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Blackbird, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Wren, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch.With thanks to Jeff Milne, Mike Henshaw and Martin Staples for sharing their sightings.

Sunday, 24 July 2022

Thursday, 21 July 2022

 AND...Two days later on Saturday the 6th its our popular OPEN DAY - everyone welcome, Free parking. See Post Below ...

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

SAVE THE DATE! Your favourite event is soon to be here: CROMWELL BOTTOM LOCAL NATURE RESERVE OPEN DAY!  (click the pages to enlarge the posters)

Not only do we have M.G.Leonard, the winner of many awards for children's crime fiction, especially the book TWITCH (based at Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve) but all manner of events - Birds of Prey are back, Pond Dipping is back, Guided Walks are back, as well as the raffle, stalls, you name it - join us for the event!  Meet the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Calderdale Badgers, and many other local groups!  Please share widely - invite family, friends, acquaintances. 
A DAY NOT TO BE MISSED!


Monday, 18 July 2022

Saturday, 16 July 2022

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Orchid Count 2022

The result of the annual Orchid Count on 23rd June 2022 was a grand total of 503 orchids. The number is encouraging, as it far exceeds the years since 2018. Last year's total was 164. 



Many thanks to Jen for the original post.


Monday, 4 July 2022

Bird Sightings June 2022

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Kestrel, Hobby, Moorhen, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Swift, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, House Martin, Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wren, Spotted Flycatcher, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, Raven, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch. With thanks to Jeff Milne, Mike Henshaw, David Langley and David Sutcliffe for sharing their sightings.

Saturday, 2 July 2022

Moth nights

 Obviously due to official cabin closure etc, moth nights wont be available this evening, as would have happened.

When the new gaff is sorted and officially open to public again, the cromwell bottom "bright star" will be shining in the darkness once more! And the bats can snack away again, when its left unattended for a few minutes.

It really will be 5* mothing then.

Friday, 17 June 2022

Moth night sat 18th

 Got to be 10pm start time now, with 9.30pm on, for arrivals.

Another 22 species were observed 2wks ago, all in pristine condition. Hope it's not windy or too cold, it should be a bumper crop!

See whoever then.

Sunday, 5 June 2022

Hurricane flying over Cromwell Bottom Saturday afternoon


 

Bird Sightings May 2022

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Goosander, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestre, Peregrine, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Cuckoo, Swift, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Whinchat, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wren, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Bullfinch. With thanks to Jeff Milne, Mike Henshaw and David Sutcliffe for sharing their sightingsw.

Friday, 3 June 2022

Moth night sat 4th

 I think 9.30 arrivals for 10.00pm start this time, summer must be here! 

Last time we had a decent haul,

Tachystola acroxantha, large twin spot, green carpet, and straw dot, before it got dark.

Eudonia mercurella, flame carpet, pebble hook tip, white spotted pug, grey birch,poplar hawk moth, silver ground carpet, white ermine, pale tussock, flame shoulder, brightline brownleye, pebble prominent, clouded drab, ingrained clay, ancylis bandana, lesser swallow prominent, common white wave, and common swift, all came after dark and mostly around the lamp.

22 in just a couple of hours, it's that time of year now, anything can arrive and haul numbers are unguessable.

So sit watching the tv or go hands on with nature and get down for a moth night.

See whoever then.

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Moth night sat 21st

9pm arrivals for 9.30pm start, usual clothing for weather and a torch is all you need.

Any mild nights now and they are out in numbers.

Just for the record - tonight was the first time SWIFTS are over my house this year. They arrived today!

See whoever on sat.

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Thursday, 5 May 2022

Bird Sightings April 2022

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Teal, Goosander, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Red Kite, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Kingfishe, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Sand Martin, Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Wheatear, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wren, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Tawny Owl. With thanks to Jeff Milne, Mike Henshaw, Allan Wolfenden and Dave Sutcliffe for sharing their sightings.

Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Moth night sat 7th

 Arrivals from 9.00pm for a start time of 9.30pm should do it. Usual clothes for weather and a torch.

Two weeks ago on a cold breezy night we had :

1 x herald, 1 x flame carpet, 3 x common Quaker, 1 x powdered quaker, 1 x small quaker, and 1 x early tooth striped.

Not too bad for the weather that night.

See whoever then.