Fine weather brings out the butterflies and the birds

Chairman of Halifax Scientific Society Steve Blacksmith, front left, leads a walk and butterfly count, on the canal path at Cromwell Bottom, Elland.
Chairman of Halifax Scientific Society Steve Blacksmith, front left, leads a walk and butterfly count, on the canal path at Cromwell Bottom, Elland.

Nature enthusiasts joined Halifax Scientific Society for the annual butterfly count at Cromwell Bottom near Brighouse.

Steve Blacksmith led a nature walk looking at flowers and grasses and watching out for butterflies. He said: “The fine weather this summer certainly seems to have helped to make it a good year for some species of butterfly.”

The society also held a walk around Clifton looking for tree sparrows - which are not found in any other parts of Calderdale - and other birds, plants and fungi.

Steve said that numbers attending society meetings had been dwindling and he issued an invitation to the next meeting, a talk by David Winnard on fungus photography, on September 10 at Halifax Central Library at 7.15pm.

The society is also taking part in this month’s South Pennine Walk & Ride Festival.