Don’t forget the Free Open Day at the Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve this Saturday 6th of August from 10am to 4pm.
Meet best selling author M.G.Leonard, winner of the 2022 ‘Crimefest’ children’s crime novel award for her book called ‘Twitch’ also winner of the Sainsbury’s 2021 book award, based on her experiences at Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve. You will have the opportunity to buy a signed copy of her book.
There will be a birds of prey display, guided walks, pond dipping, face painting, stalls, raffles and refreshments.
Much is happening at the Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve in Elland from connecting with local education centres to promoting the Reserve with organisations supporting mental health and wellbeing. Learn more about the residents of the reserve, activities including the moth trapping (no moths are harmed during this!) and spotlight on some of the people that make this place what it is.
Looking for some place to volunteer? Get in touch, there are many options for you to become involved!
Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group has ambitious plans and could use a little tractor to help them. They are working hard to make this local nature reserve a real haven for wildlife and a place for education and peaceful enjoyment for the whole local community.
As plans get bigger so do the tasks to undertake – and the tools and equipment just get heavier!
Unfortunately, they are the first to admit that they are not all youngsters so a lift with the bigger loads is definitely appreciated. The age range of our volunteers spans seven decades which forms a great blend of knowledge and experience with energy and enthusiasm and a wide range of skills. However, those with most time to give during the week tend to be people in their 60’s upwards, who are joined at the weekends by families, students and anyone else we can pull in!
They could make very good use of a small tractor to haul trailer loads rather than having to carry all our gear. There are several miles of tracks and paths around the 74 acres of the reserve – and as you can imagine in Yorkshire it’s not all flat, so just getting to a work site with all the necessary tackle is quite an effort sometimes. They could use the tractor with a trailer (already donated) for lots of jobs:
to get strimmers to the meadows
take a heavy pump and a generator to our dams and ponds
carry tools for path maintenance
cart bundles of trees for planting
carry all the equipment for our annual autumn cut in our huge reedbed – one of the most exhausting tasks of the year.
The group can cover the tractor’s running costs, insurance and necessary training from group funds and there is safe storage on site.
Please vote for the group – and give wildlife at Cromwell Bottom a helping hand – and you are always welcome to visit if you can!
Join Mike Henshaw and members of the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group (CBWG) outside the cabin at Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve on Saturday 21 April, 9.45am for a 2-hour walk (about 2 miles on easy paths) to observe and identify birds on the Reserve.
The walk is FREE, but donations to CBWG would be welcome. Refreshments will be available at the end of the walk.
There will also be similar walks on Saturday 19 May, Saturday 16 June, Saturday 21 July and Saturday 18 August.
Also NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 1st Annual General Meeting of Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group will be held at the Mulberry Suite, Brighouse Sixth Form College HD6 1AY at 7.30pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018.
On 12 August 2017 between 10:00 – 16:00 join members of the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group for a day of activities at Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve. These will include guided walks, pond dipping, a display of birds of prey, craft and photograph stalls, and refreshments with home-made cakes.
The event will take place behind the car park, located just off the A6025 Elland to Brighouse road. (Follow the brown LNR signs.) It will be accessible to people who use wheelchairs. Parking and the event are both free, though donations to Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group would be welcome.
Look at winter birds or practice your photography skills with the following events taking place at Cromwell Bottom this month. Both events are FREE although donations can be made if you wish and you can call in for half an hour or spend the whole morning and enjoy a warm drink in the cabin.
Meet the birds – Saturday 16 January –from 9.30am
A chance to have a relaxed look at winter birds in the reserve with volunteers to guide you and give helpful hints and tips.
Get that photo – Saturday 30 January – from 9.30am
A morning of advice and practice for everyone, from smartphone users to long lens experts, kids to grandparents. Learn how to set up a good place to get your photos, and get advice [if you want it] on useful features on your camera.