Wildlife

Fun for all the family – February to April 2017

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do-something-coverThe Do Something guide helps you to plan an action packed holiday with your children in Calderdale.

Whether you want to get out on your bike, stream dip for mini beasts, hunt for fossils, or get down to the park for a bear hunt, there’s lots to explore. If you’re batty about bats, curious about museums or mad about football, there’s so much to do, the only problem you’ll have is fitting everything in.

Take a look at the latest edition of ‘Do Something!’ here

 

Nature Walk at Cromwell Bottom

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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.

Tuesday 25 October 2016 – From 1pm
At Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve (Meet in the car park at 1pm)

Refreshments will be available at the end of the walk.

Click here if you would like to book

Fun for all the family – October to January 2017

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do something logoThe Do Something guide helps you to plan an action packed holiday with your children in Calderdale.

Whether you want to get out on your bike, stream dip for mini beasts, hunt for fossils, or get down to the park for a bear hunt, there’s lots to explore. If you’re batty about bats, curious about museums or mad about football, there’s so much to do, the only problem you’ll have is fitting everything in.

Take a look at the latest edition of ‘Do Something!’

FREE Batwatch Event for all the family

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Batwatch Event LogoJoin Calderdale Countryside Officer, Chris Sutcliffe, on a search for bats in the lovely, old St. Matthew’s churchyard to find out more about the life of bats and listen for them using bat detectors.

Tuesday 24 May – 9pm
Meet at the tower opposite the Sun Inn, Lightcliffe

This event is FREE and all ages welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult and warm clothing is advised.

Aire and Calder Catchment Partnership community consultation

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The Aire and Calder Catchment Partnership’s vision is a healthy and wildlife-rich water environment within the Aire and Calder that is valued and enjoyed, bringing increasing social and economic benefits to all… read more about the project here…

In order to achieve its vision the partnership is carrying out a community consultation exercise with the objective of identifying current actions and issues and working towards developing a plan to tackle issues in the future.

As part of this consultation the partnership has developed a questionnaire for groups and individuals which can be completed online here.

Click here for further information on the Aire and Calder Partnership

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 cromwellbottom.wordpress.com

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.

Care for your pets this November!

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rspcaAs a pet owner you may already be aware of the risk involving your pets around this time of year with bonfire night and firework displays fast approaching.

Please see below some advice on keeping your pets safe this November.

Whether you have guinea pigs or horses… there is something for everyone.

Cats

  • Keep your cat indoors.
  • Close all windows and curtains and switch on music or the television to drown out the noise.
  • Leave your cat to take refuge in a corner if it wishes. Do not try to tempt it out as this could cause more stress.
  • Make sure your cat is microchipped to ensure it can be returned to you if it escapes and becomes lost.

Dogs

  • Exercise your dog during the day.
  • Never walk your dog while fireworks are being let off.
  • As with cats, keep your dog indoors, close the curtains and play music or turn on the television to drown out the noise.
  • Let your dog hide if it wants to take refuge under furniture or in a corner.
  • Make sure your dog is wearing a collar and tag and is microchipped in case it bolts and becomes lost.

Small animals
Small animals – such as rabbits and guinea pigs – living outside should not be forgotten. They can also become very stressed from loud noise. Bring small animals indoors or into an outhouse or garden shed to give them extra protection.

Horses
Horses often bolt from firework noise and become injured. Always make sure horses, ponies and donkeys are stabled while fireworks are being let off. Make sure fireworks are not in view by closing the stable door.

REMEMBER – never let off fireworks near animals and always clear up after a fireworks party – litter is hazardous to domestic and wild animals.

Bonfires can be fatal for wildlife such as hedgehogs, which often crawl in to them to sleep. Build bonfires as late as possible to reduce this risk and make sure you disturb the foundations of the bonfire to give any wildlife a chance to escape before it is lit.