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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Skippers & Cromwell

Essex  Skipper Thymelicus lineola

All of the Skippers I have photographed on Cromwell have been Small Skippers, however there have been some with some quite dubious dark antennae 

There is a clear North South demarcation for this species but it does appear to be spreading North and looking at the the NBN VC 63 Data care should be taken in identification with emphasis on   antennal evidence without shadow or shade on the photographic image or good field work

Any reported / confirmed finds would be of interest to the reserve records 


This species is very similar in appearance to the Small Skipper. The main distinguishing feature of the Essex Skipper is that the tips of its antennae are completely black, as if they have been dipped in ink. The male is distinguished from the female by the sex brand on its forewings, which is a short line of specialised scent scales.

As described above, the Essex Skipper needs to be separated from the more common Small Skipper by closely examining the tips of the antenna to check they are completely black. In the Small Skipper, the black is only on the dorsal side.


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Monday, 22 September 2014

Amethyst Deceiver Laccaria amethystina

Amethyst Deceiver Laccaria amethystina

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10747 Laccaria amethystea

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Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria var. muscaria

Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria var. muscaria

NOTE : NOT NECESSARILY ON THE RESERVE BUT IN VERY CLOSE PROXIMITY IN THE MANY SURROUNDING WOODLAND SUCH AS ELLAND WOOD PRESENT THROUGH OUT CROMWELL LNR

Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria var. muscaria

Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria var. muscaria




Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria var. muscaria


Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria var. muscaria

Fly Agaric Amanita muscaria var. muscaria




Scarletina Bolete Boletus luridiformis

Scarletina Bolete (Boletus luridiformis)

NOTE : NOT NECESSARILY ON THE RESERVE BUT IN VERY CLOSE PROXIMITY IN THE MANY SURROUNDING WOODLAND SUCH AS ELLAND WOOD

Scarletina Bolete Boletus luridiformis Family Boletaceae



Scarletina Bolete Boletus luridiformis Family Boletaceae


Scarletina Bolete Boletus luridiformis Family Boletaceae

Scarletina Bolete Boletus luridiformis Family Boletaceae

Scarletina Bolete Boletus luridiformis Family Boletaceae


Scarletina Bolete Boletus luridiformis Family Boletaceae






Scarletina Bolete Boletus luridiformis Family Boletaceae

Scarletina Bolete Boletus luridiformis Family Boletaceae

Scarletina Bolete Boletus luridiformis Family Boletaceae


Scarletina Bolete Boletus luridiformis Family Boletaceae







Shaggy Scalycap Pholiota squarrosa

Shaggy Scalycap Pholiota squarrosa

With the Fungi Season well under way here are some shots of Woodland Fungi that have been positively identified NOTE : NOT NECESSARILY ON THE RESERVE BUT IN VERY CLOSE PROXIMITY IN THE MANY SURROUNDING WOODLAND SUCH AS ELLAND WOOD

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Monday, 15 September 2014

FEET Welcome Archaeology Yorkshire to Cromwell

Presentation on the History and Heritage  of  Calder Hebble Navigation


FEET welcomed Archaeology Yorkshire to the reserve on Sunday 14th September 2014 a Great Bunch of very entusiastic Yorkshire Folk putting Archaeology on the Map  The group had a long day and we sincerely hope they  enjoyed the talk and visit

FEET  delivered A 2 hour Slide Presentation on the History and Heritage  of  Calder Hebble Navigation with reference to the Tag Cut was presented to the Group at the Ogden Classroom 10 -12 with Tea and Biscuits between. . More about Ogden can be found here 

Followed by a Buffet Lunch prepared by a Debbie also a  FEET Member 

Lunch was followed by a visit to the nature reserve at Cromwell Bottom LNR   1:00 - 4:00 pm . A total of 15 where in attendance 






A Very presentable Group !!!!!!






Louise Far Right Secretary for Archaeology Yorkshire





June at the Bird feeding Station


Louise and June

June and Louise on Tow path


Part of Group On Bridge looking onward to Brighouse


Gordon Assists with Botanical Finds on the way Round we find Red Bartsia Seeding Birds Foot Trefoil , Common Toadflax , Yarrow , Snowberry , Rosebat Willowherb , Arrow head, a a Good Show of Flowering Rush on Canal Side



FEET say a special Thank You to  Louise for organising and coordinating the Group visit as Archaeology Yorkshire  Secretary . FEET also have invited her to join the Group as Animal Welfare Officer  largely due to here dedication and  experience in raising funds for Animal Rescue such as the Donkey Sanctuary

The first section of the Talk looked at the History and Heritage of the Calder and Hebble as well as some of its more unique  features such as Flood Locks and Flood Gates ,and the Hand Spike used at the Cromwell Lock

In the second Part of the Presentation we began a virtual journey in pictures along the C & H  21,5  Mile stretch of the Navigation from Wakefield to Sowerby Bridge . We looked at the two main off shoot arms The Dewsbury Arm and the Arm at Halifax now disused from Exley onward and in the Brook Valley  known as the Hebble Trail which used to end just close to the Railway station and noted the importance of Bring Coal Barges in to Shaw Mill owned by the Holdsworths for the production of Coal Gas to light the Town of Halifax

On the reserve itself we studied the lock Gate leading to the River at Brookfoot and at the other end noted the Pack Horse Bridge old Lock Gates above the weir were barfes would have diverted the Shallow River Flats so an onward journey could be made , of Course in 1790 the Canal Proper was extended onward from Brighouse and the Cut ceased or became used less




Sunday, 14 September 2014

Hedgehog - Erinaceus europaeus

Hedgehog Rescue - This one presented on the front path it looked dehydrated and shocked and was breathing oddly , looked like a cat had bothered it or was struggling for water It was warmed fed and rehydrated and retuned to the Wild . in the early hours of the morning where it appears to have moved on the following day

If you find a Hedgehog here is a good start point British Hedgehog Society 


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