Group protects nature reserve

Cromwell Bottom, Brighouse
Cromwell Bottom, Brighouse

A WILDLIFE group has been set up to protect one of the jewels in Calderdale’s environmental crown – Cromwell Bottom nature reserve, near Brighouse.

The group has held its first annual meeting and is working hard to safeguard the species that make their home on the 34 hectare site.

Press and fundraising officer Colin Duke said: “We have planted 40 trees on the reserve and the recent addition of a bird feeding station has attracted a fantastic range of British birds. In the future we hope to give local people a real opportunity to get involved and achieve something practical and valuable for wildlife in Calderdale.”

The reserve has a mix of abundant habitats including mature woodland, wet woodland, scrub, flower meadows, spagnum bog and reed beds, providing plenty of interest for birdwatchers, botanists and walkers.

The reserve has been planned with disabled people in mind and is unsuitable for cyclists.

The group welcomes new members of all ages. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 17 at Halifax Fire Station, King Cross, at 7.30pm.

Donations of old gardening equipment, tools and bird food would be welcome as would general building materials. Anyone who can help or needs more information is asked to contact 0793 1717608.