Although arthritis and Lockdown keep me tethered, I’m lucky in my family. The younger, still very active members keep me supplied with stories, observations and, often, photos to go with them. Stepson Rob and...
It’s my sad time of year: such a sense of endings. Many summer visitors have already left – swallows, swifts, martins, migrating warblers and, of course, cuckoos. The adult birds, free of all parenting...
I was sitting in the sunshine contemplating the garden and butterfly-spotting when something wafted past my nose: a dandelion seed on its own private parachute. It brought back memories of childhood when we called...
We had our first small Workgroup on since covid-19 lockdown with new Safe working practices in place agreed with Bradford council. Good views of kingfishers, blackcaps and a sparrowhawk a few sand martins nesting, brimstone, ringlet, meadow brown, small tortoiseshell butterflies,. Froglets on riverside path and toads under metal sheet.. Mini meadow looking great. Orchid … Continue reading Small Workgroup 23 June → [...]
We had another small Workgroup on 30 June, our focus was to make a 40m stretch of steep and crumbling river cliff safer for our younger visitors. We were able to make a thick “dead hedge” along the bank using the hawthorn we had cut in the winter. Plants will grow through it over time … Continue reading Workgroup 30 June → [...]
Speaking on behalf of all the volunteers who manage the reserve… We are distraught about the loss of the last 2 swan cygnets last Wed. We have clear signs up asking owners to keep dogs under control/on a short lead for the protection of breeding birds. We have not heard from the dog’s owner as … Continue reading Careless Dog Walker .. 2 Dead Cygnets → [...]
It’s been great to be able to get back down to BRGP and see so many others appreciating their local wildlife. A few wildlife highlights to share, please let us know what you’ve spotted. Thanks Steve Parkes Otter We have had a few sightings of otter and otter spraint. With the water levels so low … Continue reading May Highlights → [...]
A great days work for Jan workgroup restoring old meadow area and creating space for the new nature trail. The dense stand of hawthorn produced very few berries and shaded everything else out.. looking forward to seeing the dormant flower seed spring to life. A big welcome to Sue who joined us for the first … Continue reading January Workgroup – meadow restoration and nature trail prep → [...]
A big thank you to Dave Varney for sharing these photos with us. We have what appears to be a family group, a mother and 2 youngsters though it’s difficult to see any size difference between them? There is however a sad ending, these photos were taken on Aug 20th 2019, a few weeks later … Continue reading Otter Family Aug 19 → [...]
Thanks to Chris and the Harrogate Open Country team for planting 100 trees as part of the restoration of the roadside hedgerow and installing a new bench to improve accessibility for those that are less able. A massive thank you to Bradford Council Trees & Woodland team for giving us the bench! [...]