Cromwell Bottom

Cromwell Bottom


April 2015 Updated Link on The future of Cromwell Bottom Sign our PETITION (click) to help Cromwell Bottom
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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Ozymandias amongst us - Sign The Petition To Promote Cromwell Bottom as a Nature Reserve

Petition Link 

The Poetry of Irony....


Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

The central theme of "Ozymandias" is contrasting the inevitable decline of all leaders and of the empires they build with their pretensions to greatness. Prevent Cromwell Bottom LNR achieving such a state

Those interested in Cromwell Bottom LNR might be interested in the non sensical development proposed by Head of Service which significantly misled cabinet and proposed by politicians on a number of fronts with the aim  to extract monies from our Natural History and destroy the last semblage of the Jewel in Calderdales Crown.

We will be holding a meeting aprox 3rd week in May TBC  to provide a clear analysis of this folly and to clarfy fully the facts on the matter that appear to be being negotiated separately and discretely as a consultative process . Such a meeting will engage all Stakeholder Groups and Statutory Undertakers involved with the site . The Councils previous allusion to meetings involved them being unminuted and individuals with no core understanding or knowledge on site matters resulting in a sham that did not ammount to a process . It will be interesting to see if the HOS attends to justify the Technical , Legal Planning and Logistic aspects of his suggestion

Here is a link to the CB report from the council maps at the end

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Guide To Cromwell Nature Reserve

Cromwell Bottom LNR - A Guide to the Biodiversity & Natural History of the Reserve
CLICK below to Learn MORE !!

Cromwell Report

What is It ?

It is a full  illustrated Guide to Cromwell Bottom LNR and its Natural History. You can find out more by clicking . The Guide currently runs at 110 A4 pages Cromwell Bottom LNR - A Guide to Biodiversity & Natural History of the Reserve

                                  Cromwell Report

How Do I Get It ?
A copy can be obtained by donating  £7   on the Donation Button Below. On receipt we will send you an email specific link and user licence  which will allow you to download the report

What Can I do With It ?

Read , Enjoy Explore the Natural History of Cromwell Bottom pr simply use it as an educational resource for recreation or schools

Whats In It ?

FEET are pleased to announce the Publication of a Guide to the Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve . The cost of Publication which is a not for profit work will assist FEET in the delivery of our work with schools and essential equipment as well as funding the cost of paper printing . The cost of Publication in PDF format is £ 7.00 .  The work contains Maps , Diagrams , ID Matrices for all Classes of Organisms as well as a detailed over view to the Habitat Mosaics. A licenced document will be sent with a Password to enable it to be opened and read . An Account of the History , Geography , Geology of the reserve gives a clear overview of LNR . The work also has colour Matrices to help you Identify , Hoverflies , Shieldbugs  &  Nymphs , Ladybirds & Larvae, Dragonflies , Plant Galls , Butterflies. Each of the Compartments is described and cross-referenced  and described . Please register your interest by emailing You may also preview a document over view by clicking the red link belo    Payment  May be made securely through Paypal , in person etc . On receipt we will providea link to Download  Payment  May be made securely through Paypal , in person
Cromwell Report

Cromwell Report

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

NEWS NEWS Future of Cromwell Bottom Link Updated

We will be holding a Joint Consultation Meeting on the third week of May TBC  it will give all stakeholder groups and opportunity to obtain facts and here an independent view

Here is the not so widely publiscised links to the Cabinet Document   it is not consultation to meet about something that has been decided outside democratic process

Cabinet Minutes including Proposal Maps

A big thank you to ALL who signed our petition 100+ and growing YOU make the difference

Future of Cromwell Bottom Link Updated 

See latest News and Sign our petition to protect and expand the Nature reserve


Useful Links With Legislative Implications

EA Obligations

Land Fill Flaring

Witches Butter & Snowy Discos by Gordon Jackson

Witches Butter & Snowy Discos by Gordon Jackson

Went down Robber Dodge and the Beech wood again. We came across several interesting things. In this post, I'll just cover, Witches Butter Exidia glandulosa, this is sometimes called Black Witches Butter. When wet, is has a jelly like feel and buttery texture.There is another idea how the name came about. It was thought to have the to counteract witchcraft if the fruitbodies where thrown into the fire. During dry spells, the fungus shrinks down to a thin crust, recovering once it rains. Below is one photo it dried out, and three shots of it re-hydrated,. I took a dry sample home and put it in a glass of water overnight.

Habitat: Britain and Ireland and many countries in Europe. Found on dead and decaying hardwood, mainly hazel, beech and oak - very occasionally also on pine.

Size: 1 -2 cm but can merge together from 3  -10 cm.

First the dehydrated one:

 Witches Butter Exidia glandulosa, Dehydrated

Now the three re-hydrated photos of the same sample.

Now for the Snowy Discos Lachnum virgineum.
It grows on Beechmast. and dead wood. If you dig ind the beech leaf litter until you reach the damp leaves, you should find some. They are very small, so keep your eyes open. The one in the photo here was not fully grown and less that 1 mm. A fully developed one is cup shaped and will be 1-2 mm. They tend to flatten out at maturity.  It's widespread and fairly common in Britain and can be found all year round.

Snowy Discos Lachnum virgineum

That's it for this post. I do have one or two other things in the pipeline form the same walk. Hopefully, I'll get a pot mounted tomorrow,. Gordon.

Monday, 6 April 2015

2243 Early Grey Xylocampa areola

2243 Early Grey 16

2243 Early Grey 9

Wingspan 32-40 mm.

Description  One of the earliest moths to emerge in the season, flying from March to May.inhabit lightly wooded areas and suburban locations, where it is often a visitor to the garden light-trap.
The yellowish-brown larvae feed on honeysuckle (Lonicera).