Saturday, 9 December 2017
We are also running a strimmer course.
Meet at the cabin at 9.30 start with a brew and a chat.
If you intend staying all day bring along some lunch.
Friday, 1 December 2017
Many, many thanks to everyone who took the trouble to cast votes for our project "Bums on Seats at the Bottom!" - and it was trouble!!
AVIVA have sent a very apologetic email out to all the entrants about the difficulties with their website and in recognition of all the hassle they have given us £100, which should go some way towards realising our plans.
So, onwards and upwards as they say.....
Thursday, 30 November 2017
We - and the birds - are really grateful, so thank you very much!
Friday, 27 October 2017
So that we can have some seating around the Reserve for our visitors to rest.
We need a few more votes. Members and friends, please sign on and help us reach our target. Sign on below.
November 1st. We have 700+ votes. We need lots more so please get voting for us.
Hi all. There will be a tree walk this Sunday the 29th of October at Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve. Free parking.
This will be led by Bel Hale. Walk start 1:30 pm until 3.30 pm. There will be refreshments in the Cabin.
Remember to look out for our new Sand Martin wall! Pictures below.
Thursday, 26 October 2017
Tuesday, 24 October 2017
Monday, 23 October 2017
Many visitors to the reserve comment that they would love a few more places to sit down for a while. Well, here's your chance to help make it happen.....
We're applying for a grant from AVIVA Community Fund and we need you to vote for us. We need at least 1000 votes.
Please follow the link and cast your votes for "Bums on Seats at the Bottom", and get everyone you know to do it too.
Thursday, 12 October 2017
Well, here's a quick round up of this morning's efforts:
1. The big blue cabin is getting a make-over - we are lining it out so it's a warmer place to be in, especially in winter when inside jobs are preferable!
At the moment it's mainly a woodworking session in here. Later we're aiming to get some lighting in and a few more fittings so we can build birdboxes etc in comfort. Do you fancy joining in?
|How many volunteers does it take........|
2. Some routine clean-ups of the bird feeding areas at the cabin and in the reserve also got done. We washed some of the feeders and did a round of refills. Down at the viewing area in the reserve we re-sited a couple of hanging feeders so that they are closer to the wheelchair access viewing area. We hope you and the birds will find them! We also brought the empties back - they'll go out next time. This was an enjoyable task on a fine morning like today, and the feeders dried quickly in a stiff breeze!
3. The weekly cabin cleaning session also happens every Thursday. Armed with a mop & bucket, dishcloths and elbow grease a really good clean of the kitchen and serving counter got done and a general tidy up all made the cabin look welcoming for the weekend.
4. Last, but definitely not least - several tea breaks allow for a friendly chat. We usually put the world to rights, plan a few more jobs to add to the never ending list and dream our dreams of what the reserve might be like in the future.
It's a very enjoyable way to spend a morning - so if you fancy joining in just come along to the cabins from around 9.30am on a Thursday. There's always something to do!
Meanwhile, across the tarmac in the compound .......
....... there's a grand clean up going on following the completion of the bridge works and the area will be landscaped and planted to look much more inviting.
Exciting times ahead for us - come and be part of it.
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
We'll be doing a variety of Autumn jobs. No skills needed, just your time and and effort.
Refreshments at the cabins, bring a sandwich if you want to stay beyond lunchtime.
Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Saturday, 30 September 2017
Friday, 29 September 2017
Our car park is now fully open now since the devastating floods and work to rebuild the bridge. Access is via the old footbridge or new road bridge. There is full access to the reserve as always and the Refreshment Cabin and toilets are open Sundays.
Please only park in the car park or adjacent road.
Friday, 22 September 2017
We raised £250 on Sunday for Macmillan Cancer Support, thanks to the kind generosity of visitors.
Friday, 1 September 2017
Saturday, 19 August 2017
Saturday, 12 August 2017
Lots of pictures HERE of the Open Day and the day before. Our members will have received a detailed account of our open day by now. If you have not received the PDF then please contact us.
Saturday, 5 August 2017
To all our volunteers and friends
We will need some help on Friday the 11th of August at 09:30 am to check and erect some of our marquees ready for the Open Day.
Also on Saturday our Open Day, the 12th of August at 07:00 am we will need further help to erect the rest of our equipment, tables, chairs, signs etc.
Refreshments will be provided for volunteers. Toilets on site.
All events on the day are FREE. Parking nearby FREE. Refreshments available.
A really BIG THANK YOU to all those volunteers and organisers who came along on Friday and Saturday morning to help erect our tents and marquees. Without these volunteers we would not have had the success we had. The weather and the hundreds of visitors made the day really special.
Friday, 4 August 2017
Thursday, 27 July 2017
All ready and waiting
As ever, the willingness of volunteers to turn up and run these events is vital. If you'd like to join our friendly bunch please get in touch via the link on this page. It doesn't matter whether your favourite activity is tea making or spider hunting - we'll find you a job!
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Sunday, 16 July 2017
Friday, 7 July 2017
Damsel flies were dancing across the water and there was lots of action below the water line. We dipped a few creatures out for inspection - unfortunately some of them ate some of the others before we had managed any ID!
There were plenty of efts [immature newts] of varying sizes:
Monday, 3 July 2017
Monday, 26 June 2017
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
There will be refreshments later in the Cabin. Meet in the Car Park by 1:30 this Sunday the 25th.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
List of spider species recorded at Cromwell Bottom
Any previous names are shown after the authority. The species count at Cromwell
Bottom is currently 102.
Any specimens that required confirmation were confirmed by Mike Roberts or Stan
Dobson also the late Clifford Smith, John Parker, and Jennifer Newton with
apologies for any omissions. With thanks for recent additions to Richard Wilson
Ecology who carried out a survey in 2017.
All those listed below have been recorded up to 2017
Ero cambridgei Kulczynski, 1911
Phylloneta sisyphia (Clerck, 1757)
Neottiura bimaculata (Linnaeus, 1767)
Enoplognatha ovata (Clerck, 1757) Theridion ovatum
Pholcomma gibbum (Westring, 1851)
Walckenaeria unicornis O.P.-Cambridge, 1861 Cornicularia unicornis
Walckenaeria vigilax (Blackwall, 1853) Cornicularia vigilax
Dicymbium nigrum (Blackwall, 1834)
Gnathonarium dentatum (Wider, 1834)
Gongylidium rufipes (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dismodicus bifrons (Blackwall, 1841)
Hypomma bituberculatum (Wider, 1834)
Baryphyma trifrons (O.P.-Cambridge, 1863) Minyrioloides trifrons
Pocadicnemis pumila (Blackwall, 1841)
Pocadicnemis juncea Locket & Millidge, 1953 P. pumila var. juncea
Oedothorax fuscus (Blackwall, 1834)
Oedothorax agrestis (Blackwall, 1853)
Oedothorax retusus ( Westring, 1851)
Monocephalus fuscipes (Blackwall, 1836)
Lophomma punctatum (Blackwall, 1841)
Savignia frontata Blackwall, 1833
Diplocephalus picinus (Blackwall, 1841)
Araeoncus humilis (Blackwall, 1841)
Erigone atra Blackwall, 1833
Leptorhoptrum robustum (Westring, 1851)
Drepanotylus uncatus (O.P.-Cambridge, 1873)
Aphileta misera (O.P.-Cambridge, 1882) Hillhousia misera
Porrhomma pygmaeum (Blackwall, 1834)
Agyneta decora (O.P.-Cambridge, 1871)
Agyneta cauta (O.P.-Cambridge, 1902)
Agyneta olivacea (Emerton, 1882)
Meioneta saxatilis sens. Str. (Blackwall, 1844)
Microneta viaria (Blackwall, 1841)
Centromerita bicolor (Blackwall, 1833)
Centromerita concinna (Thorell, 1875)
Bathyphantes approximatus (O.P.-Cambridge, 1871)
Bathyphantes gracilis (Blackwall, 1841)
Bathyphantes nigrinus (Westring, 1851)
Diplostyla concolor (Wider, 1834) Bathyphantes concolor
Drapetisca socialis (Sundevall, 1833)
Lepthyphantes tenuis (Blackwall, 1852)
Lepthyphantes zimmermanni Bertkau, 1890
Lepthyphantes mengei Kulczynski, 1887
Lepthyphantes ericaeus (Blackwall, 1853)
Helophora insignis (Blackwall, 1841)
Linyphia triangularis (Clerck, 1757)
Neriene montana (Clerck, 1757) Linyphia Montana
Neriene clathrata Sundevall, 1830 Linyphia clathrata
Neriene peltata Wider, 1834 Linyphia peltata
Pachygnatha clerki Sundevall, 1823
Pachygnatha degeeri Sundevall, 1830
Metellina segmentata sens. str. (Clerck, 1757) Meta segmentata
Metellina mengei (Blackwall, 1869) Meta segmentata mengei & Meta mengei
Meta menardi (Latreille, 1804)
Araneus diadematus Clerck, 1757
Araneus quadratus Clerck, 1757
Larinioides cornutus (Clerck, 1757) Araneus cornutus
Larinioides sclopetarius (Clerck, 1757) Araneus sclopetarius
Araniella cucurbitina sens. Str. (Clerck, 1757) Araneus cucurbitinus
Araniella opisthographa (Kulczynski, 1905) Araneus cucurbitinus opistographus
Zygiella x-notata (Clerck, 1757)
Zygiella atrica (C.L.Koch, 1845)
Pardosa pullata (Clerck, 1757) Lycosa pullata
Pardosa amentata (Clerck, 1757) Lycosa amentata
Pardosa saltans Topfer-Hofmann, 2000 Lycosa lugubris
Alopecosa pulverulenta (Clerck, 1757) Tarentula pulverulenta
Trochosa terricola Thorell, 1856
Arctosa perita (Latreille, 1799)
Pisaura mirabilis (Clerck, 1757)
Dictyna arundinacea (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dictyna uncinata Thorell, 1856
Amaurobius fenestralis (Stroem, 1768) Ciniflo fenestralis
Coelotes atropos (Walckenaer, 1830) Amaurobius atropos
Clubiona reclusa O.P.-Cambridge, 1863
Clubiona stagnatilis Kulczynski, 1897
Clubiona lutescens Westring, 1851
Clubiona comta C.L.Koch, 1839
Clubiona brevipes Blackwall, 1841
Tibellus oblongus (Walckenaer, 1802)
Xysticus cristatus (Clerck, 1757)
Xysticus audax (Schrank, 1803)
Salticus scenicus (Clerck, 1757)
Neon reticulatus (Blackwall, 1853)
Euophrys frontalis (Walckenaer, 1802)
Friday, 2 June 2017
We should be running a moth trap around the cabin area tomorrow night. Start time will be around 8.30pm, but it won't be dark until maybe 22.30.
All are welcome but from previous experience - we don't tend to catch anything until 30mins after it goes dark. So I expect the first moths to start to be captured around 23.00.
You could have a nice evening stroll around the reserve & come over to the Cabin towards 10.00pm for the trapping, get a nice cup on Tea & wait for the Action!
Meet at Cabin after 8.30pm for Kick off around 10-10.30pm.
Sunday Morning - All the captured Moths should be available for inspection Sunday Morning, where they will be photographed & released around 12-12.30pm.
Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Work parties are every Thursday and second Saturday.
|One of Saturday's 3 work parties.|
Photo by Rosemary Wright
Sunday, 14 May 2017
A few pics from today and was nice to bump into Dave F,
at the lagoon and Dave L and Val at the cabin which was
doing a good trade which was nice to see, I'm glad its
getting plenty of visitor's. 28 species seen today and a
few unid'd and plenty of birdsong but a lot not seen,
it was good to hear the Water Rail at the lagoon.