Volunteers work hard to maintain nature reserve

Feeding the birds.
Feeding the birds.

Volunteers dug in to carry out improvement projects ahead of a busy year in store at Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve, Brighouse.

Organised by the Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group and led by Mike Henshaw, several hardy souls braved the windy and cold conditions to carry out tasks including replacing fencing around the nature reserve and also cleaning up the new visitor centre at the site.

Fence building at Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve

Fence building at Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve

The highlight of the “Meet the Birds” morning was spotting a few Redpols - winter visitors from the continent - on the feeding station at the reserve.

Graham Haigh, from the wildlife group, said: “As the prevailing winds have all been from the west this winter very few have been around, so it was nice to see them, all be it in small numbers.

“The usual suspects were all there: Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, five male Bullfinch, Jays and Chaffinch.

“Also seen on the reserve were two Kingfisher, Reed Bunting, male and female Gooseander and a Dipper.

“Also found was a rare plant in Calderdale - The Hard Shield Fern. Its close relative the Soft Shield Fern is found close by in Park Wood. Our thanks to Steve Blacksmith for the information.

“If you can find the time, pop down and have a stroll around. It’s amazing what you can see, even in bad weather.”