Next Meetings & Events


WHATS ON: In 2017/2018



Please Note

Due to flood damage to the road bridge at Cromwell Bottom there is sometimes limited access. The footbridge is intact but access may be restricted. Parking is as usual in the car park. Always proceed with caution and obey instructions you may receive from the construction team. Once into the Reserve there is normal access.


                                                   2017

Please be aware that times and dates may be subject to change. Always check the blog before coming along.


Toilets will be available at all these events

Wednesday 11th January 2017 at 7.30 pm: Open meeting
all at the Cabin on North Loop Compound.


Saturday January 14th 2017. Work party. Please meet in the car park or at the Cabin at 09:30.


GUIDED BIRD WALKS ON THE RESERVE

Sunday 15th of January        10am - 2pm
Sunday 12th of February      10am - 2pm
Sunday 12th of March           10am - 2pm

No need to book - just come along

Enjoy a walk around the reserve led by an expert guide. Followed by: tea, coffee and home-made produce!

PHOTOGRAPHY DAYS

Saturday 28th of January      10am - 2pm
Saturday 25th of February     10am - 2pm

Come along to expert photography tuition for all ages, abilities and camera types. Followed by: tea, coffee and home-made produce!

        No need to book - just come along


Robin reported that he will be running events as follows on the Reserve:
  • Wednesday 12th April at 10.30 am, Amphibian Walk (with Steve Blacksmith) and at 7.30 pm, Newt Walk (with Chris Tindall).
  • Saturday 6th May, probably at 6.00 am, Dawn Chorus Walk.
  • Saturday 1st July at 10.00 am, National Meadows Day Walk (planned so as to avoid disturbing any ground- nesting birds).
  • Saturday 2nd September, time to be decided, Bat Walk.
Further Group events are as follows:

  • Moth Nights and Mornings (led by Barry) – Saturday evening and Sunday morning on 3rd /4th June, 1st/2nd July, 5th/6th August, and 2nd/3rd September, times to be decided.
  • Dawn Chorus Walk - Saturday 13th May, time to be decided.
  • Small Mammal Trapping Event - possibly Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July, (attended by members of the public on the Sunday morning), times to be decided.


Events calendar 2017


Please be aware that times and dates may be subject to change. Always check the blog before coming along.



March         Sat. 11th Work party     9.30am   Cabin       Robin Dalton/David Langley
                   Sun 12th Guided bird walks   10am – 12pm and   12pm – 2pm       CB    Carpark
                   Wed 15th Open meeting    7.30pm    Cabin
                   Sat 18th Bird Survey   10am – 12pm    led by Mike Henshaw     Cabin  
                   Wed 29th extra-ordinary Committee meeting   7.30pm    Cabin          
April           Sat 1st   Members outing to Fairburn Ings.  meet carpark at Cromwell Bottom at 9.15am
                  Sat.  8th   Work party    9.30am    Cabin  
Robin  Dalton/David Langley
                  Sun 9th   Tree walk 1.30pm – 3.30p           led by Bel Hale      Carpark
                  Wed 12th HSS Amphibian walk 10.30am       led by   Steve Blacksmith     Car Park
                 Wed 12th   The Evening Newts   walk  7.30 in    led by Robin Dalton/Chris Tindall    Carpark
   Sat 15th  Bird survey  10am  - 12pm        led by Mike Henshaw     Cabin  
Wed.26th A.G.M   at the Mulberry Suite Brighouse Sixth Form College at 7.30am                                                             Easter Sunday 16th April                                 
May        Sat 6th Dawn chorus   6am        led by Robin Dalton       Carpark       
              Wed. 10th  Open meeting   7.00pm    Cabin
              Sat. 13th Work party    9.30am       Cabin                               
               Sat 13th Dawn chorus walk   5.30 am Cabin     led by      Allan Wolfenden, Graham Haigh? Jane Uttley
               Sat 20th    Bird survey 10am – 12pm cabin    led by Mike Henshaw
               Sun  28th   Pond Dipping   10am   ???    (start of half term)
June       Sat 3rd    Moth night ( moths fly just before dusk; so meet then)  Cabin      Barry Nield   
              Sun  4th  Moth morning   !0am Drop-in till approx. 1pm   Cabin         Barry Nield
              Sat 10th     Work party      9.30am     Cabin           Robin Dalton/David Langley
              Sat  17th     Bird survey   10am – 12pm  cabin      led by Mike Henshaw
              Sun 25th     Tree walk   1.30pm – 3.30pm       led by Bel Hale   carpark
               Fri 30th   Meadows walk 1pm  car park         led by Robin Dalton
July         Sat 1st    Moth night ( moths fly just before dusk; so meet then)  Cabin  Barry Nield   
              Sun  2nd   Moth morning   !0am Drop-in till approx. 1pm   Cabin    Barry Nield
              Sat.8th     Work party                Cabin      RobinDalton/David Langley
               Wed 12th Open meeting   7.30pm
               Sat 15th   Bird survey      10am – 12pm cabin      led by Mike Henshaw
               Sat 15th Big Butterfly count  H.S.S. 10.30am – 3pm  meet in car park  Steve Blacksmith
               Sun 16th  Guided bird walks  10 am – 12 pm and 12pm – 2pm.     
               Sun 30th Butterfly walk ? Graham Haigh ?                      
Pond dipping??
August   Sat 5th    Moth  night ( moths fly just before dusk; so meet then)  Cabin  Barry Nield   
              Sun  6th    Moth morning   !0am  Drop-in till approx. 1pm   Cabin    Barry Nield
             Fri.11th work party putting up marquees etc.
          SAT 12TH    OPEN DAY
             Sat 19th    Bird survey      10am – 12pm  led by Mike Henshaw    Cabin   
Pond dipping??
 September   Sat 2nd Bat walk led by Robin Dalton    meet 7.30pm in carpark
           Sat 2nd   Moth  night ( moths fly just before dusk; so meet then)  Cabin  Barry Nield   
           Sun 3rd     Moth morning   !0am  Drop-in till approx. 1pm   Cabin    Barry Nield           
           Sat 9th Work party    9.30am      Cabin    Robin Dalton/David Langley
           Wed 13th Open meeting     7.30pm   Cabin
            Sat 16th Bird survey      10am – 12pm    Mike Henshaw    Cabin   
October    Sat 14th Work  party   9.30am      Cabin    Robin Dalton/David Langley
             Brighouse festival
              Sat 21st Bird survey      10am – 12pm    led by Mike Henshaw   Cabin     
              Sun 29th Tree walk 1.30pm – 3.30pm     led by Bel Hale     Cabin
   Bat night??
November    Wed 8thOpen meeting    7.30pm   Cabin
               Sat.11th    Work party   9.30am     Cabin     Robin Dalton/David Langley
               Sat 18th Bird survey      10am – 12pm    led by   Mike Henshaw      cabin
December    Sat.9th Work party   9.30am   Cabin            Robin Dalton/David Langley  
  ??           Wed 13th  Christmas party.
                  Sat 16th Bird survey      10am – 12pm   led by Mike Henshaw    Cabin

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Looking back at  2016

OPEN DAY 2016
FREE ENTRY

Our Open Day is on Saturday August 20th.

We will have:

Birds of prey (including a huge vulture that has to be walked in)

Face Painting

Craft Stall

Animals to pet

Wildlife pictures

Raffles,  Nature walk

Weaving with Willow

Refreshments and food in the Cabin.     Toilets.

All Welcome

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What else is on in 2016?

Saturday 9th January

Working party. The Bund Bridge requires putting back.  9:30 am start.

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 Saturday 16th January

Meet the birds. Come along at 09:30 for a walk around the reserve for a bird spotting hour or two, ending up  at the bird viewing area, then back to the cabin for a warm drink. All welcome.

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Wednesday 20th January

Evening Meeting 19:30 in the Cabin

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Saturday the 23th. Please meet to help the Canal and River Trust to clear the canal of rubbish. Meet at Elland Lock at 10am.  All equipment provided.

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Saturday 30th January

Come along with your camera(s) for a bird photography session around the reserve concentrating at the bird viewing area, followed by a warm drink in the cabin. All welcome. Show us your pictures if you want! or dare! See our blog for full details.

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Every Thursday in February

(4th, 11th, 18th and 25th) we will be meeting at the Cabin for a Work Party at 09:30. Hot drinks in the Cabin. Bring lunch if you wish to stay.

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Saturday February 13th

Work party (Task tree planting)

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Wednesday February 17th

Evening Meeting 19:30 in the Cabin

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Thursday  February 25th

Work party  (Task TBA)

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Every Thursday in MARCH

(3th, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st) we will be meeting at the Cabin for a Work Party at 09:30. Hot drinks in the Cabin. Bring lunch if you wish to stay.

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Wednesday March 16th

Evening Meeting 19:30 in the Cabin

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Saturday, March 26th. Amphibian walk. 10:30 am

at the Cabin in association with the Halifax Scientific

Society. Refreshments in the Cabin.

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Every Thursday in April.  (7th, 14th, 21st and 28th) we will be meeting at the Cabin for a Work Party at 09:30. Hot/cold drinks in the Cabin. Bring lunch if you wish to stay.

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Wednesday April 13th

A.G.M.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday April the 13th in The Mulberry Suite, 5th Form College, Brighouse at 7:30pm. 

This will be followed by a talk by Steve Downing “Bird Conservation”. Food and refreshments to follow.

All Welcome

Reminder. Your yearly subscription becomes due at this time. Please bring £10 or £15 for a family at one address to renew until April 2017.  Bruce (Treasurer)
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Wednesday April 20th 

Committee meeting in the Cabin at 19:30. This is a CLOSED MEETING for the COMMITTEE ONLY

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 Sunday May 1st at 05:30 – early start!

Dawn chorus at Cromwell.  Then back to

the Cabin for Breakfast.

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On Saturday May 14th there will be a Working Party day.

Please meet in the car park at 09:30 

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On Thursday May 26th there will be a working party on site.

Remember that the Footbridge will be closed so please enter the site via the Brighouse end for 09:30

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Saturday June 4th there will be a Camera Macro meeting for all you insect and flower photographers. Meet in the car park at 10:00

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Wednesday June 8th there will be a Committee only meeting in the Cabin at 19:30

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Saturday June 11th there will be a work day on site. Please meet at the Cabin or car park at 09:30

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Friday June 24th

Dear All,
Fingers crossed, I will be going down to the Reserve a week today (Friday 24th ) with the BCS cutter to carry out vegetation clearance of the pathways. Also, if I commit a whole day, we could give the ‘meadow’ area a cut for the open day, or is it too early for you?
If anyone is able to help with the raking/any follow up clearance, that would be much appreciated.
I anticipate being at Cromwell Bottom car park.
Apologies, due to the European election, I can’t attend on the Thursday to tie into the usual work party?
Robin

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June 20th to 27th

National insect week

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July 9th. Saturday. Work party on site. Meet at 09:30 at the car park

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Wednesday evening  July 13th there is an open meeting in the Cabin. Meet at 19:30

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Sunday 10th July.  Basic Navigation Walk

Meet David Austin for a 5 mile walk from Brookfoot near Brighouse learning how to read a map and navigate by various techniques, including using a compass.  Limited numbers so please call the walk leader on 01484 717820 or 07790 480056 to reserve a place and find out start time and place.  Free of charge.  No dogs. Bring lunch.

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July. Moth week is 23rd to 31st.

Saturday July 23rd is Moth Night. At 20:00 at the

Cabin to Sunday the 24th 09:00 am.

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July 30th Butterfly count. Meet at the cabin at 10:00 along

with the Halifax Scientific Society.

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Saturday August 20th. Our OPEN DAY.

Details at the top of this page.

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Saturday August 27th. Bat Night. Meet at the Cabin at 20:00hrs

Come and listen to bats with our detectors

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We have another Bat and Moth night on Wednesday the 31st of August 2016

Come along at 8pm. Meet in the Car Park at Cromwell Bottom. Refreshments in the Cabin

All Welcome

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Saturday September  the 10th

We are having another of our popular bat walks. On our walk last Wednesday we had over 30 people listening to and seeing bats around the reserve. 

Please meet in the car park at 8pm. 

Don’t forget to bring a torch. Refreshments will be available in the Cabin.

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Cromwell Bottom Nature Walk
Tuesday, 25 October 2016 01:00 pm @ Cromwell Bottom, HD6 2RG


Guided Walk Round Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve Join members of the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group to enjoy the sights and sounds of autumn at this fascinating and varied site. It is located off the A6025 Brighouse to Elland Road (follow the brown LNR signs). Meet in the car park at 1.00 pm (parking is free). The walk will be 1-2 miles long on easy paths that have been designed to be accessed by people using wheelchairs (although the paths are rather uneven in places). The walk is free, though donations to the Group are welcome. Refreshments will be available at the end of the walk. There are toilets with access for disabled people.

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Meet the Birds at Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve
Thursday, 27 October 2016 01:00 pm @ Cromwell Bottom, HD6 2RG


Join members of the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group to observe the variety of resident birds. Some winter migrants may have arrived as well, depending on the weather. The Reserve is located off the A6025 Brighouse to Elland Road (follow the brown LNR signs). Meet in the car park at 1.00 pm (parking is free). The event will involve some walking on easy paths, and some time spent at the bird feeding areas. All of these locations have been designed to be accessed by people using wheelchairs (although the paths are rather uneven in places). The event will last for about 2 hours, and is free, though donations to the Group are welcome. Refreshments will be available at the end of the event. There are toilets with access for disabled people.

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Meet the Members at Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve FREESunday, 30 October 2016 10:00 am @ Cromwell Bottom, HD6 2RG
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10am to 3.30pm Meet members of the Group who will be happy to tell you about the Reserve, its remarkable variety of wildlife, projects and events, and their work as volunteers on the site. The Reserve is located off the A6025 Brighouse to Elland Road (follow the brown LNR signs). Parking is free. The members will be at their base, which may be found near the entrance to the Reserve, about 100m from the canal bridge behind the car park. (This location, and the Reserve, has been designed to be accessible to people using wheelchairs, although the paths are rather uneven in places.) They will be there from 10.30am – 3.30pm.   Refreshments will be available. There are toilets with access for the disabled.