Saturday, 9 December 2017

THE LAST SATURDAY WORK PARTY OF THE YEAR

Saturday the 9th is our last work party of the year and we could do with some help. We are planting trees on North Loop and many hands make it easier.
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

AVIVA - no luck this time!

Sadly we didn't get into the final group of lucky projects to get a grant this year, but there's always next time!

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

Thank you SUMA!

We had a good surprise when David found several sacks at the gate last week - our friends at SUMA Wholefoods had left us a very generous donation of sunflower seeds for our winter bird feeding supplies.

We - and the birds - are really grateful, so thank you very much!

A sunny, chilly work day

Well the sun was shining, but it didn't ever really shift the frost. Despite that we all got stuck in - working to keep warm I suspect!

Welcome to new volunteer Martin who soon got busy with filling the bird feeders at the cabins and at the viewing area. Some work also got done down there to tidy up the logs and feeders.

We did a big clean up around the cabin, inside and out, which all makes it a welcoming place for Sunday visitors and weekday volunteers alike.
David and his team were occupied with their usual assortment of drills, hammers, wheelbarrows etc on "major works" to improve our storage and organisation.
A litter picking walk was also a good chance to see five Hooper swans fly over the reserve and to spot the giveaway signs of a sparrowhawk kill on the wildflower meadow.




Finally, the wildlife is now moving in.... 








More volunteers are always welcome - when are you coming down?

Sunday, 26 November 2017

It was freezing in the viewing area this morning.  I've just begun to thaw out whilst looking at this morning's shots.  A wren made a brief appearance in a great spot on the logs but was chased off by a dog entering the viewing area - so frustrating but there's always next week!

A trio of nuthatch shots from today:




The middle one is my personal favourite.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

A few shots from earlier whilst down at the viewing area.  It was a tad cold there at 8:30 this morning but lots going on.  I'm very pleased to have got a reasonable shot of a wren, albeit on the feeding table.  I would have preferred a more natural shot but will more than settle for this.








Saturday, 18 November 2017

I just couldn't resist... what a poser!


















The light wasn't great but the experience was.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

My family and I have been visiting CBNR a lot over the last few weeks.  Here are some of the birds we've seen down at the viewing area or around the cabins.









... and a comical one of a duck taking off from the canal (well it tickled me anyway)


We became members today and so we'll be posting more in the next few weeks.  Enjoy.

Cheeky Visitor to the Feeding area



Friday, 27 October 2017

Bums on Seats

Please don't forget to vote for us here:-

https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-3761

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.
https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-3761

November 1st. We have 700+ votes.  We need lots more so please get voting for us.

Tree Walk this Sunday, October 29th

       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.

All welcome.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Sand Martin Wall

 Sand Martin Wall installed today. Big thanks to Ted Ford for his generous grant, to John and Ben and for the installation and for all who helped at our workday









Tuesday, 24 October 2017

What a great start!

Hi Everyone

We're off to a flying start - by teatime today we had 136 votes. The first 200 projects to reach 1000 votes are guaranteed to get their £1000, so the faster we get the votes in the better! Get your friends and families on board and help us out!

Here's the link again:


Thank you so much!

Monday, 23 October 2017

Bums on Seats at the Bottom!


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.

You can also help by putting a link to the voting on your Facebook page, emailing all your friends or doing a Tweet about us.
We were very grateful for all your votes 2 years ago when we got our pond dipping equipment with an AVIVA grant. Can we do it again?

Voting starts tomorrow and is open until 21st November, so please get cracking - you can have a sit down when we get the benches!

Thank you very much!

Thursday, 12 October 2017

              ALL HANDS ON DECK THIS SATURDAY

IT IS 12 MONTHS SINCE WE CUT THE REEDS IN THE LAGOON 

AND YES YOU HAVE GUESSED WE ARE IN THE LAGOON AGAIN

CUTTING AND BURNING THEN BACK TO THE CABIN FOR LUNCH 

WELLIES AND BOOTS NEEDED  

                                MEET 9.30 AT THE CABIN

Thursday Work Day

If you're reading this but you've never been to a work day you might be wondering what gets done?

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

WORK DAY _ THIS SATURDAY

Make the most of the fine weather forecast! Come down to the reserve at 9.30am for a practical day with Robin Dalton from Calderdale's Countryside and Woodlands Service and some of the Wildlife Group members.
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.
Everyone welcome!

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Autumn at the feeders...

Richard Tadman sent these photos, taken on a recent visit.


A beautiful female Bullfinch

Female Chaffinch

The inevitable Jay

And a perky squirrel

And finally........ a juggling Great Tit!!

Many thanks for sharing them Richard.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Autumn Newsletter

The Autumn Newsletter has been emailed to all members today.
If yours hasn't arrived please check your junk mail and add newsfromcromwellbottom@gmail.com to your safe list.... and check that your membership is up to date!

Friday, 29 September 2017

Car Park Fully Open

Dear members and visitors.

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

Macmillan Cancer Support

We are macmillan. Cancer support  
All donations received at the Cabin on Sunday 24th September will be sent to Macmillan Cancer Support for their 2017 Big Coffee Morning appeal. Please call in and have a cuppa and cake and help this important cause.


We raised £250 on Sunday for Macmillan Cancer Support, thanks to the kind generosity of visitors.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Bird Survey Saturday 16th

A reminder that there is a bird survey tomorrow at Cromwell Bottom, September the 16th. 

Please meet in the car park at 10am for a two hour walk in various locations on site. This will be led by Mike Henshaw.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Open Day 2017 - The Pictures

Our talented publishing team have done us proud! "Open Day - the Pictures" is hot off the press.
Wildlife Group members should by now have received an e-copy edition.

Please email if yours hasn't arrived.


Saturday, 12 August 2017

Open Day

Fantastic Open Day. Great crowd and good weather. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to it and worked so hard to ensure it was a very successful event.

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

Help Needed



To all our volunteers and friends
Preview
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. 

Sunday 13th

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

Moth trapping night

Is the moth trapping event scheduled for tomorrow night (saturday) going ahead?

This is listed as normal on our Blog and also our Web site. Please meet at the cabin or car park at dusk on Saturday the 5th. This will be led by Barry Nield.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Good in all weathers...

The Tag Loop Ponds are really proving popular now. On Monday Brighouse Central Scouts Group celebrated the end of term with a visit to the reserve for an evening of activities.  The weather was wonderfully mild and we all had a great evening together. Wild walks, bug hunting, bird watching, and pond dipping were all on the programme, followed by games and hotdogs back at the cabins.



All ready and waiting 

On Wednesday we had a much damper start for visitors from Greetland Primary School, but this didn't stop our enthusiastic pond dippers, who managed an impressive collection of beasts, including an adult common newt. As the day improved we had lots of damselflies and a couple of Common Darters around the pond.

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!

Margaret

Evening walk 25.07.17

Had a walk over North and tag loop on Tuesday evening , it was great to see all the red clover etc covering North loop. there is an account of the 30 species of moth we saw on the Calderdale Moth blogg .Please use records if needed.
https://calderdalemoths.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/cromwell-bottom-evening-walk-july-25th.html

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

An old pic

Found this on the net...................

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Little Egret



Little Egret seen around the reserve for the last few days
and a few Common Darters by the Dipping Pond.




Little Egret




Common Darter