Thursday, 31 March 2011
A quick update on the Toad Crossings in Calderdale.
Firstly, last night at Washer Lane, Steve, Hugh and Lisa were joined by Calendar News, and a report should be broadcast on Calendar tonight after the news at 6pm - tune in!
At Lumbutts, Tuesday saw 105 toads helped across the roads and 14 casualties, with more toads on the move expected last night. Pub traffic keeps the road busy, so if you happen to be there at any time feel free to engage in some toad chat with folks at the bar! They've had around 200 toads over the last week, and on Tuesday were joined by Matt Wilson, a keen herpetologist who has immortalised Gordon and Margaret's endeavours on his own blog, the European Amphibian & Reptile Blog.
Hebble End crossing has had plenty of activity, and last night well over 40 toads were helped, thanks to the volunteers there!
Woodhouse Road in Todmorden has also had toads on the move, but remains hazardous, with a lot of traffic leading to some casualties.
Hebden Hey has had about 70 toads over the past couple of nights, and 4 newts as a bonus. Thanks to the volunteers getting involved there, we should be able to help the toads on nights when the Scout Hut is in use.
I hope everyone has been able to get in touch with a Toad Crossing co-ordinator if they want to get involved, if you have any questions or issues please get in touch with Hugh Firman at the Countryside Services on email; Hugh.Firman@calderdale.gov.uk, or phone; 01422 393214. He can pass on your query to the right co-ordinator.
Keep a weather eye out for those toads!
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
We've had a mysterious report from Froglife that Toadlets were seen at a potential crossing on Shelf Road last year. Someone filled in their online form to report them, but nothing was ever followed up.
Does anyone know anything about this site? Or would anybody who lives locally be interested in checking this out as the weather gets warmer?
We'd be grateful for any information about this, please get in touch with Hugh Firman if you have further details. Email: Hugh.Firman@calderdale.gov.uk, or phone; 01422 393214.
Now the first Toads have been on the move in the area, we're extending a plea for volunteer Toad patrollers at some of Calderdale's Toad Crossing sites. We need some extra hands (and buckets!) to help our Toads cross the roads.
Five sites around Calderdale have been identified where Toads are at a high risk from traffic:
- Hebble End in Hebden Bridge
- Hebden Hey in Hebden Wood
- Woodhouse Road in Todmorden
- Washer Lane in Sowerby Bridge
New 'Toad Crossing' road signs will be going up at Lumbutts and Hebble End as soon as possible, encouraging road users to drive carefully, but we still need volunteers! Particularly at the Woodhouse Road and Hebble End sites.
If you're interested and could spare the odd evening to help with some Toad transportation please get in touch with Hugh Firman at the Countryside Services. By email; Hugh.Firman@calderdale.gov.uk, or phone; 01422 393214.
Monday, 21 March 2011
Friday, 18 March 2011
A reminder that the next walk is at Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve (Elland Gravel Pits) to see amphibians and their spawn. Meet Colin Duke at the Anglers' car park at 10:30.am Saturday 19th March. (see HSS walks)
Also, at 10:00 am meet Robin Dalton, Area Countryside Officer,Safer, Cleaner, Greener, to help with the practical management of Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve (01422) 393244 or 07795965128. You will need to bring sturdy footwear and gloves (of the rigger/gardening type), lunch and plenty of energy! Tools provided. (see Blog post 9th March)
Thursday, 17 March 2011
One that had had a dead fledgling in (No. 01 on the big oak at the top) last autumn today had a fresh nest built in it. (Materials - hay and straw.) But no eggs yet.
A big weasel, no black tail tip - so not a stoat, crossed the road.
The first part of the hedge-laying, and the replanting in hedge gaps, has been completed. Second part of the laying will be done by the contractors in 2012.
I have had word that toads have started moving at Lumbutts in numbers (they have enough volunteers there) but I haven't seen any at Washer lane.
recived this from darrel p todat re bare head Tunnel .....Bare head which is the area bordered by Bare Head Lane,Green Lane and Fall Lane is named as is because of the weather which has stripped it of vegitation apart from the heather and few trees
Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Would you like to help with the practical management of Cromwell Bottom Local Nature Reserve? If so, why not meet up with like-minded people for an enjoyable day of scrub and tree clearance, helping to preserve a locally rare sphagnum habitat.
Saturday March 19th at10:00am Meet at the Fishermans car park. Please bring sturdy footwear and gloves (of the rigger/gardening type), lunch and plenty of energy! Tools provided. Your support is very welcomed, hopefully allowing for the establishment of an enthusiastic monthly work party! For further information, please contact:Robin Dalton, Area Countryside Officer,Safer, Cleaner, Greener.(01422) 393244/07795965128
An illustrated talk by Chris Thomson about the countryside we see today has developed under the hand of man from the ice age to the present day.
Chris is best known to most of you for his expertise on farmland birds. However, he is also extremely knowledgeable about the countryside in general. ‘The Changing Countryside’ will look at the impact of a host of factors, including geology, landscape history, farming, woodland management, conservation and recreation, on the countryside we know and love over the past 20,000 years. All accompanied by some fantastic photographs - not to be missed!!
Thursday 17th March, 7.00pm for 7.30pm
The Archway Suite
Holmfield Arms, Thornes Park
Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, WF2 8DY
Tea and coffee will be provided on the night, and a small charge of £4 will be made to FWAG members, and £6 to non-members.
Booking is not required for this event – just come along!
Monday, 7 March 2011
Sunday, 6 March 2011
Also Dave and Jen Sutcliffe found an ermine near Cold Edge. See bird blog for story and picture.
There is also a fantastic picture of a large bat flying in the daytime on the bird blog.
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Read more:. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1361668/The-new-knotweed-Warning-alien-plants-set-wreak-havoc.html#ixzz1FTBNCDWs