Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Please note that all posts will appear BELOW the AGM notice until 26/4/17

C:\Users\user\Documents\Cromwell Bottom Banner_6.jpgWe will be holding our 6th
Annual General Meeting
On Wednesday the 26th of APRIL 2017
at 7:30pm in the Mulberry Suite
Brighouse Sixth Form College
Off Parsonage Lane Brighouse HD6 1FG
The Group is formed from local people who are passionate about its Nature Reserve; the committee is holding an AGM to vote in a new committee. Positions for election are Chair; Vice Chair; Treasurer; Fundraiser and Secretary PLUS 7 position’s for members without portfolio.   

If you are interested in standing for election in any of the positions please contact me before the 31st of March 2017 if possible by e-mail/ post / or phone: Allan on  07810 004401

This meeting will include an election of people to serve on the committee for a 12 month period. Any member wishing to be nominated please contact Allan or any member of the committee.
Many thanks to all the Committee for the last 12 months of dedicated service.

AGM Agenda for the AGM

1. Introductions and welcome
2. Apologies for absence
3. Minutes of the last AGM (13/04/2016)
4. Matters arising
5. Chair’s annual report
6. Acceptance of report
7. Presentation of accounts
8. Acceptance of accounts
9. Election of trustees for the year 2017-18
10. Motions to and from the Committee
11. Membership fees
12. Slideshow and talk on ‘The Wildlife of Mull and Shetland’ by David Langley, Barry Nield and Allan Wolfenden
13. Any other business and closing remarks
14. Refreshments

Members of the 2016-17 Committee Seeking Re-election

Allan Wolfenden (Chair)

David Langley (Vice-chair)

Shelagh Brooke (Secretary)

Bruce Hoyle (Treasurer)

Margaret Conroy (Fundraising)

Simon Day

Stuart Fleming

Mike Henshaw

Barry Nield  

Nigel Reed

Jane Uttley

All Welcome to come along


Monday, 24 April 2017

Get ready... and click!

Lots of people say how much they enjoy the photos on our blog. It takes some patience and a bit of cunning to get a photo you're pleased with so if you want to have a go at home in your own garden here are a few hints to get you started ...... from a total amateur!

  • Put small amounts of food out regularly – especially on bird tables. This keeps mess to a minimum and is healthier for birds as they are not eating old and mouldy food. Your birds will learn your routine and will be ready and waiting, so it's good to keep a camera or your smartphone handy.
  • Put out food they have to stay and eat, rather than things they can fly away with – larger pieces mean they have to peck bits off while you get your photo. Bread isn't really good for birds, so try fatty scraps, invest in some sunflower seeds or fat balls and meal worms [dead ones in packets are not unpleasant to deal with].
  • Wedge things like peanuts, fat or cheese rind into cracks in a stump or branch so they'll have to work a bit to get at them. Drill a few holes if necessary!
  • Get to know where the birds like to perch – some prefer to pause on a nearby branch or fence post to check things out before they approach. So set one up or trim back a few twigs if they are in your way.
  • give them some water too - a large plant tray will make a great bath for a flock of sparrows.

Whether you photograph them or not your garden will be a great place for birds - enjoy!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Chiffchaff Nature Reserve

      On a walk around the reserve today produced
      27 species and Green Woodpecker and Treecreeper
      heard but not seen, loads of Chiffchaff all over the
      reserve and the Little Grebes making a racket on
      the lagoon, I only seen one but it sounded like there
      were a few more on there, and 2 Goosanders were
      sunbathing up by the weir.