Wednesday 30 March 2016


At last, a male wheatear was on site yesterday. Apparently the first this year in Calderdale.
Report from Allan Wolfenden.

Saturday 26 March 2016

Buzzards soaring above while enjoying the good weather and observing reed buntings chaffinch and you can not forget the robin

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Deer Tweeted

Stephen Hall tweeted these pictures he got today while trying to photograph the goosander. He's kindly let me borrow them for the blog. Another special moment at Cromwell Bottom

Monday 21 March 2016

A Rare Visitor to the Feeding Area

Well first time I've seen a mallard in there!

Amphibian Walk

This Saturday, March 26th there will be an Amphibian walk around the Reserve led by Steve Blacksmith. Meet at 10:30 am In The Car Park Only Please. All welcome.

In association with the Halifax Scientific Society. Refreshments available.

Sunday 20 March 2016

Photographs of some of the birds at our two feeding stations

                                       Blue tits: Doing what they do well. Even with one leg.

                                                  Long Tailed Tits. Great small birds.

 I do like Dunnock's. I know they are just a small brown job but good light brings out great detail in the subtle colour of their feathers.
                       Chaffinches are looking quite colourful at the moment, even the females

 Jays are not coming down as regular as they were. Look out for one with a possible broken leg.

                                                          Everyone loves Goldfinches.

 These Nutatches have been the stars of the show since September. Let's hope they have a good breeding season.

                                               Robins are always photogenic.
 It's only a Black bird but I still love to see the male Blackbird. That yellow eye-ring is special.
                   Bullfinches. Declining in some areas but still going strong on the reserve.

Thursday 17 March 2016


A big thank you to Calderdale Small Grants for funding our banners and our business cards - along with a whole lot of other things to help everyone enjoy visiting Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve.

I had to check one out for size on our garden shed..... Do you think its big enough? [the banner, not the shed!]

Spring is here!

Please pick up some cards from the cabin and help to spread the word about Cromwell Bottom around your family and friends.

Saturday 12 March 2016

Love this place

Tuesday 8 March 2016

A Different View of One of the Regulars

Last weekend one of our Twitter followers and regular visitors set up a remote camera in the feeding station to try and get some different angles on the Jays. Here's one of Andy Swindens shots he kindly let me borrow for the blog. You don't usually see them from this perspective. Thanks Andy

Thursday 3 March 2016

Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group

We will be holding our 5th Annual General Meeting

On Wednesday the 13th of APRIL 2016 Full details here ...

Wednesday 2 March 2016

National Wildlife Crime Unit

National Wildlife Crime Unit saved at the last minute.
For more see HERE