Photo Competition

A Wildlife Competition for members. Please click here for details. You have only until April 2nd to send in your picture!

Next Meetings & Events 2018

WHATS ON: In 2018 - Jan & Feb

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

The wildlife group is running 2 days of events on January 20th  and February 17 th  which are open to everyone; no need to book just turn up at the appropriate time with the correct equipment  ie.   Warm, waterproof clothing, walking boots or wellingtons as the paths are muddy at this time of year. Plus the specialist equipment needed for each activity.(see following notes)
Time, Meet in the cabin 9.45am  for mornings and 12.15pm for afternoons
There are 3 activities taking place each day.

Saturday January 20th
•  2 sessions of photography morning and afternoon - attend one OR both
•  2 Sessions of bird survey/walk morning and afternoon - attend either
•  1 session of “Get to know C.B.” walk - in the afternoon only

Saturday February 17th 
•  2 sessions of photography, morning and afternoon - attend one OR both
•  2 sessions of bird survey walk, morning and afternoon - attend either
•  2 sessions of “Get to know C.B.” walk, morning and afternoon – attend either


Even though we take the utmost precautions we must remind you that the 
activities take part in the natural world where it is impossible to control everything. So we ask all participants to take care when walking on uneven ground and close to water.        
There will be first aiders in attendance. Children MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Drinks and refreshments will be available in the cabin after each session but please bring your own lunches.There is no charge for our activities, but donations are always very welcome to help with the running of the cabin and making improvements on the reserve.


This event is aimed at helping people to become more proficient in making photographic images. It will cover various modes, settings, lighting tips,
composition, Bokeh etc..

Itinerary             Meet in the cabin 10.0am     finish 12.00 OR 2.30pm
     10.00 -  11.00  Basic camera techniques  Q & A     11.00 – 12.00 move into the reserve to the feeding station (light is better here in the morning) to take pictures to practise basic techniques
     12.00 – 12.30  Lunch in cabin (hot drinks are provided)     12.30 Approx. Take pictures at feeding station near cabin
      2.00   Evaluation/questions to finish

You may come for the whole day (bring lunch) OR just the morning OR just the afternoon. 
Sessions are designed to help everyone - from total beginners through to enthusiasts who are looking for a few advanced tips and tricks.

Your own camera equipment/smartphone

WALK  “Get to know Cromwell Bottom better”

January 20th  PM Walk. Meet in the cabin 12.15pm for 12.30 start.   Finish by 2.30pm.

February 17th AM Walk. Meet in the cabin 9.45  10.00 start. Finish 12.00 approx.  
PM Walk. Meet in the cabin 12.15pm for 12.30 start.   Finish by 2.30pm. 
This guided walk will show Cromwell Bottom Reserve in a different light ……...

1) the history of how the reserve was started and how it has developed over the years.
2) the projects we have completed and the ones we are hoping to do in the future.
3) how we maintain the various habitats to encourage the different wildlife to occupy them and so that woodland is not allowed take over.
4) the roles of our amazing volunteers without whom we could not achieve anything.

Meet in the cabin at 9.45 to start at 10.00am finish 12.00 approx.
OR Meet in the cabin at 12.15 to start at 12.30pm finish at 2.30pm

This comprises of a walk around the reserve visiting the different habitats to count and list the birds seen. We do this every month to observe the changes in bird behaviour and discuss why.

1)We shall discuss the importance of knowing which birds and how many, to add to national data.
2)Also helping with I.D. mentioning the diagnostic points. plumage, size etc.
3)Discussing various habitats and how the birds who live in them have adapted themselves.
4)Other topics could include Migration, Breeding etc.


Binoculars are really important if you are to get the most enjoyment from the birds.