Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group

Support the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group

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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!

To vote for them, visit the Aviva Community Fund website at

To find out more about the Wildlife Group visit the blog at or email them on

Bird Walk and Survey at Cromwell Bottom

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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.

Contact for further information.

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.

Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group Open Day

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Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group Open DayOn 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.

For more information, visit: Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group

Wildside – Cromwell Bottom Practical Days

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Join service staff and members of the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group to help manage this unique and diverse Local Nature Reserve with a variety of practical activities.

14 January 2017, 11 February 2017 and 11 March 2017
Meet at 9.30am – Contact Robin Dalton on 07712 867619 for further information.

To find out more about the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group visit

Cromwell Bottom Open Day

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cromwell bottomCome along to Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve on Saturday 20 August and enjoy a day of good fun all for FREE!

There’ll be something of interest for all ages; birds, bugs, a mini-pond, wild flowers, face painting and a real vulture!!

Try willow weaving, or borrow some binoculars and come on a guided walk.

We’ll have a fantastic raffle and the best baking in Brighouse on offer in our refreshments area.

Don’t forget your camera or phone and take home some great pictures of your day with us. What’s not to like?

The reserve is just off the Elland Road between Casa and the Colliers Arms.

Free parking, wheelchair friendly. toilets available.


Meet the birds and grab a photo at Cromwell Bottom – FREE events

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Cromwell bottom logoLook 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.

For directions and details of other events visit

Cromwell Bottom Needs Your Help This Weekend!

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Some major work needs to be done at Cromwell Bottom  in the reed beds to clear water channels and keep the area healthy for all the creatures that live there and help is required to get the job done.

Saturday 14 November – At 9.15 – 9.30am for a safety talk
Meeting in the Compound area at the Soon to be Visitor Centre

Wellingtons or Waders will be best for splashing about in the reeds, but Boots will be fine for some of the bag dragging outside the reed bed and please take a Packed Lunch & Flask as well as warm Waterproof clothing.

If you fancy helping out, in any way you can phone Robin Dalton on 07712 867619.

Shaping the future of Cromwell Bottom

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Local people have been having their say about future plans for the Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve and neighbouring site at North Loop, near Brighouse.

A public consultation ran from June to September, with a number of drop-in sessions held around Brighouse and Elland. Over 1800 survey questionnaires were returned and the results have now been collated… read more…

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Skills and the Environment, Cllr Jenny Lynn, said:

It’s great that so many people responded to the survey on Cromwell Bottom. It’s clearly a well loved site, and it’s really helpful that we have a good picture of what currently works and what could be improved, so we can prepare a plan for the site which meets the requirements of visitors and local people.

You can read the full report of the survey results at: