Town’s backing needed in nature reserve’s grant bid

Vandalism at the Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve bird feeder area.
Vandalism at the Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve bird feeder area.

A popular nature reserve needs the backing of the town to receive a grant.

Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group, Brighouse, needs people to vote for them to qualify for a grant from the Lloyds Community Fund. How much they will receive depends on the number of votes they receive.

Chair of the group Graham Haigh said they were currently trying to save the reed bed lagoon which is in danger of being over run with willow, phragmites (reed) and an invasive species called Cresula.

“We are starting to cut the reed back on Saturday and will continue over the next few months weather permitting on the second Saturday of each month,” he said. “This is a seven year project to try and rejuvenate the area and bring in more species but can only be done in the winter months due to breeding birds.

“We are also having an open day on October 26 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the area becoming a nature reserve in conjunction with the Calderdale Countryside Department when we will have a marque selling cakes, buns and drinks. We are running a raffle as well as doing some guided walks around the reserve where you can see the birds and meet the group as well as find out about the history of the area, and some fun activities for children to do.”

The group is looking for sponsors for its two major projects to do next year, lining one of the ponds and putting up a Sand Martin wall where they can nest. “The cost is out of our reach at the moment but we are trying for grants including the Lloyds Bank one,” he said.

Voting is open until Friday, November 1. To vote visit https://communityfund.lloydsbank.com/voting/cf_org_vote_profile.asp?cfr=98A34F