Tuesday, 7 September 2021

August 2021 Bird Sightings

Mute Swan, Canada Goose,Mallard, Goosander, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Moorhen, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Little Owl, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Reed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wren, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Bullfinch. With thanks to Jeff Milne, Mike Henshaw and Chris HT Beard for sharing their sightings.

Tuesday, 31 August 2021

BAT WALK AND MOTH NIGHT SAT 4th 8.30pm.

 Meet at cabin area around 8.30pm. Meet the real wildlife of Brighouse and Elland.

There will be walk round with detectors and torches, you may get the chance to see a few flying mice! + spiders, owls, fox, and moths.

Whilst out the moth trap should produce a few specimens, and will be in full swing on returning for a nice cuppa. See if you can net a Large Yellow Underwing?

Clothing to suit the night, stout shoes, walk is round reserve, and a torch would be useful, but only if you want to see where your going.

All assuming it's not lashing it down.

See some of you then.

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Friday, 20 August 2021

 

  

                


                                                                                                                                                                                           

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CROMWELL BOTTOM WILDLIFE GROUP IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HALIFAX CHILDREN’S LIBRARY


AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY EVENTS


 BEE TRAIL  

A ‘bee trail’ at Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve will run over the August Bank Holiday weekend Saturday to Monday 28th - 30th August

7 Bee trail QR codes will be placed around part of the Reserve in a circular route between the 2 kissing gates passing the bird viewing area, dipping pond

and returning by the Weir. The final QR code will be placed in the seating area outside our cabin where you can listen to a short story about bees and enjoy some refreshments ( donations in cash only please) Toilets incl accessible

Bee Trail map, quiz sheets and information available from the cabin between 10am and 4pm each day

To find the start of the trail, continue past the cabin, cross over either bridge on left and enter the Reserve via the 1st gate on left ( QR code 1 will be there) Follow the QR codes in the circular route until you reach the next gate, then turn right to re-trace your steps back to the cabin for the Story

OTHER EVENTS RUN BY THE WILDLIFE GROUP

Sunday 29th Aug - 1.00 Guided walk around the Reserve.  1-3pm drop-in pond dipping session Monday 30th Aug - 1.00 Guided walk around Reserve


THURSDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER - STORY READING SESSIONS AND ART WORKSHOP FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN (ACCOMPANIED) led by

 Calderdale Library staff

  LOCATION: Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group cabin Story telling ( 'Where the Wild Things Are') in wooded area opposite cabin  at 11am 1pm and 3pm


 


                                                                            





 




Thursday, 19 August 2021

Moth night sat 21st

 Starting from 8.30pm onwards - trap running by 9pm. Clothing to suit weather, cooler when dark now.

See whomever then.

Monday, 9 August 2021

July 2021 Bird Sightings

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Goosander, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Moorhen, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Barn Owl, Swift, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Mistle 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, Reed Bunting. With thanks to Jeff Milne, Mike Henshaw and Chris HT Beard for sharing their sightings.

Thursday, 5 August 2021

Moth night Sat 7th

 9PM start again - see whoever then.

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

August Bank Holidays

On Sunday 29th August. 1 to 3pm there will be a Guided walk, also 1 to 3pm there is pond dipping.


And on Monday 30th 1 to 3pm there will be a Guided walk around the Reserve.

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Moth night 24th

 Usual start time 9PM onwards, see whoever then. Looking like a stonking night with current weather conditions.

Sunday, 18 July 2021

 


This can be purchased from the Cabin on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Sundays

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

June 2021 Bird Sightings

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Cormorant, Goosander, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Tawny Owl, Swift, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wren, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting. With thanks to Jeff Milne, Mike Henshaw and Chris HT Beard (via Love Cromwell) for their contributions.

Sunday, 11 July 2021

Just Giving

Please donate to our Wildlife Group 

Visit our Facebook page (on the left) and then

click the "Just Giving" on that page. Or DIRECT LINK 


Saturday, 10 July 2021

 Kestrel,Buzzard and Goosanders





Thursday, 8 July 2021

Moth night 10th

 Its that time again, start from 9PM onwards. I expect a good night's haul as long as no high winds or rain. 58 species were recorded 2weeks ago.

See whoever then.

Friday, 2 July 2021

Moth Photos from June 26th

 https://calderdalemoths.blogspot.com This link now works

The other link is a bad address - Bruce

Try a repost Charlie

Thursday, 24 June 2021

Saturday Volunteering Days

Sadly, we will not be able to re-start Saturday volunteer days, scheduled for Saturday 10th July, as hoped. This is due to the remaining uncertainty over outside numbers allowed and pending a decision from Calderdale. We are aiming to re-start these monthly Saturday volunteer days, in September, subject to all restrictions being lifted. Sincere apologies to all those who had planned to join us on that day - we thank you for your patience and hope to see you in September. An update will be posted on our website and Facebook sites in due course.

Thank you
Cromwell \Bottom Wildlife Group 

Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Moth night sat 26th

 Should start getting lots of species now, starting from 9PM but darkness will be much later now.

See whoever then.

Friday, 11 June 2021

Bird Sightings May 2021

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Mallard, Mandarin Duck, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Little Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Tern sp, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Swift, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Sand Martin, Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Willow Warble, 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, Mike and Allan for contributing their sightings

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Moth night sat 12th

 From 9pm onwards, see whoever then.

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

😃 The Cabin is re-opening this Sunday the 6th of June. 10am till 4pm 🍫👪👦👧

Tea, Coffee, Soft drinks and snacks available, toilets. 

Covid safety in place.

Also we are planning to resume monthly Saturday volunteering days from July, starting Saturday 10th July and then on the 2nd Saturday of each month. 

We meet at 9.30 in the compound next to our cabin, sign in and then we hold an informal chat about what tasks there are to do, including some health and safety reminders.

These volunteering days will be led alternately by members of CBWG and then by Robin Dalton, one of Calderdale's Countryside Rangers. As July is the first one, we'll both be there on that day.

 Volunteers are advised to come dressed for working outdoors with strong footwear and bring a packed lunch if they intend to stay into the afternoon. The amount of time volunteers spend with us is totally flexible and up to the individual's own discretion. Toilet facilities open.

We do have refreshment available such as hot/cold drinks, crisps and wrapped biscuits which we do not directly charge for but ask volunteers for a donation to the work of the Wildlife group. If you have any further questions, just email cromwellbottom@gmail.com  We'll look forward to you volunteering with us.


Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Moth night sat 29th

Forward swing practice, this sat from 9pm, clothing to suit weather on the night.

See whoever then.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Moth night sat 8th

 I think it's time to brave the cold and get the trap dusted off.

So I shall run a moth night this sat 8th from about 8.30pm onwards. Please dress in warm clothing, as we will be outside all evening due to covid restrictions. Warm drinks can be supplied through the evèning, and it may run until 4am if my all night crew are around, and moths keep coming.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Bird Sightings April 2021

Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mallard, Mandarin Duck, Goosander, Pheasant, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Feral Pigeon, Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Tawny Owl, Kingfisher, Sand Martin, Swallow, House Martin, Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Dipper, Dunnock, Robin, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Wren, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Magpie, Jay, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Redpoll, Goldfinch, Siskin, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Reed Bunting, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker. With thanks to all who contributed, especially, Allan Wolfenden, Jeff Milne and Mike Henshaw.

Monday, 3 May 2021

An Enquiry about running moth nights at Cromwell Bottom LNR

 I was contacted recently by Anthony Arak who is about my age and was a member of the Halifax Scientific Society as a teenager, long before I joined. He has or has had a career in Ecology. I knew his name because his project, along with another teenage member, to reintroduce Emperor Moths onto Norland Moor in the 1960s is written about by Clifford Lees in one of our publications, ("The Natural History of Norland Moor.")

He refound the HSS via me on Facebook. What luck he did that when we are still called HSS! (I hope we always are.)

He has been introducing us to the delights the Emperor Moth as I told him we had never seen one, only the caterpillars. So now we've seen them on Wadsworth Moor (above Hebden Bridge,) Whirlaw Common (above Todmorden,) and Stiperden Moor (above the Long Causeway - the Burnley Old Rd -  above Todmorden.) We used an artificial pheremone lure briefly. It is very effective! If the weather is warm enough and there is a light breeze the males, which are day fliers, arrive very quickly! Now we just have to be lucky and find a female, as they sit still, pumping out their pheremone, and wait for the males to arrive.

Anthony would like to resume his great interest in moths. He has asked me by email if he needs permission to run moth evenings at Cromwell Bottom. I've said I will put him in touch with the various people already involved in this.

He says he would like to try, apart from a light trap, sugaring, wine ropes and "mad moth netting by torchlight."

I have mentioned the CBWG enthusiasts who already do moth nights. Is Robin Dalton still involved for the Council? I was going to ask about how Graham Haigh is but just remembered I might be able to find out on Facebook.