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Welcome to our website

The main aim of this website is to make local people aware of the Bird Life in and around my home town of Dewsbury

Nearly all my English birding activities centres around the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire but more specificly in the areas between Dewsbury Town and Horbury bridge with especial attention paid to an area now known as the Thornhill Wetlands were recently a new and very interesting Nature Reserve has been developed.

Also there is much information relating to my time spent Watching and photographing birds in the Gambia West Africa

My travels in the Gambia allways seem to be a great success with new species being added and photographed on each of my twelve visits so far.

Much of the praise for this success must go to my guide and friend PA JALLOW who is allways completely up to date with his observations and information regarding birding sites in the Gambia.

In recent years my Gambian trips have taken on a more scientific theme mainly due to my close friendship with the author Clive Barlow.Due to his influence i have managed to get photographs of birds published in many African Photographic Field Guides for which I am most grateful.

 

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For anyone lucky enough to have visited the Gambia to either see the birds or indeed as I do indulge in photographing the birds and other wildlife one cannot fail to be ikmpressed by the sheer variety of not just the birds(which are more than worth devoting a holiday to themselves) but also the insects(particulary the butterflies and dragonflies and beetles) and indeed the mammals and reptiles all of which present a challenge of their own.

In building this website we hope to illustrate as wel as we can the great rewards for the photographer and birder alike that this small but very friendly country can offer.

Any serious photographers or birders wishing to bird alone or in very smallgroups could do worse than having a chat to our guide PA JALLOW who has gained much experience in the needs and requirements of travelling birders from several countries.

Going back to our more local activities I am lucky enough to have had as a friend for many years Russell Smithson who besides being an excellent birder was also a master joiner.His expertise in the construction of bird nesting boxes has added a great extension to our birding activities as we have embarked in the placingof nesting boxes in as many suitable locations along the Calder valley as we can manage.These include sites in Dewsbury,Mirfield ,Huddersfield and Ravensthorpe. 

Allready we have had great success with many species including Tawny and Little Owl as well as the usual Blue and great tits as well as such birds as Wren and Stock Dove.We look forward to Spring 2012 with great anticipation


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News

30/05/2020 12:52

Return of the Egret

A Little Egret flew up the river Ca;lder below Earlsheaton this morning at 07:30.The river calder water level has dropped considerably over the last few weeks making feeding for a lot of birds more easy with regular sightings of birds catching fish more commonplace.Kingfishers are now more numerous...

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27/05/2020 10:59

lockdown bringing nothing but benefits for Local Breeding Birds.

A female Sparrow Hawk was hunting around the brewers Pride public house this morning at 07:15 for abpout 10 minutes.2 Kestrels where on the wires at the bottom of Healy Road before chasing off towards Mill Bank Thornhill. 48 Herring Gulls where on the filter beds at Dewsbury Sewage Works along with...

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23/05/2020 19:13

Good numbers of Swifts and House martins this morning

There was good movement of Swifts and House Martins in my part of the Calder Vakkey this morning. The engineering yard at the bottom of Healy Road Ossett held about 100 s wiftscontinualy moving Westerly and being replaced by other birds coming in from the East.This move,ment carried on up the...

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13/05/2020 18:09

Cold Northerly Winds bring much lower temperatures to the area.

Its nice to see good numbers of certain Summer Visitors gathering to feed even if weather conditions feel mor like February than May. Good numbers of House Martins were feeding on and around Dewsbury Sewage Works and Mill Bank Thornhill this moning with one party of some 128/30 birds feeding on and...

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30/04/2020 09:02

Common Sandpiper makes an appearence

A Common Sandpiper is on the rivers banking oppositte Dewsbury Sewage Works this morning.For about 2 minutes it was feeding alongside a Green Sandpiper before moving off slowly towards Dewsbury at around 07:40. Whitethroats are quickly getting up to strength with 8 singing males in the lower...

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29/04/2020 17:12

White Stork over Ossett and Dewsbury this morning.

A White Stork flew over Dewsbury this morning at 11:15.It came in from the East and carried on North West.It was first reported flying over Ossett Spa at 11:05.

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29/04/2020 10:07

A change in the weather but but local breeders continue to arrive.

Despite overcast and damp conditions there was still quite a bit of bird song in my part of the Calder Valley this morning There are 2 singing Sedge Warblers around the area bordering  Dewsbury Sewage works border fence and in the same area 4 singing Common Whitethroats and 5 singing Willow...

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25/04/2020 10:19

Reed Warblers back on site.

A Reed Warbler was singing this morning in Lower Pildacre Ossett at one of the recognised breeding sites.Conditions early this morning where rather heavy and slightly overcast not very indusive to birds singing their best but no doubt as the morning progresses this will improve. 4 Common...

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22/04/2020 09:00

My first Swift this morning

A Common Swift was hawking around the area by the railway embankment of Mill Bank Thornhill just adjacent to the Networl Rail office block. The bird made several passes as it slowly made its way Eastwards at around 07:20 A single Yellow Wagtail is still feeding on the easterly filter beds...

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20/04/2020 09:05

Yellow Wagtail a nice surprise this morning

A stunning male Yellow Wagtail is feeding on a filter bed on Dewsbury Sewage Works this morning.The birds is keeping company with 4 Pied Wagtails and a single Grey Wagtail on the central beds adjacent to the compost storing area in lower Pildacre and although a little flighty is pretty sedentery in...

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17/04/2020 09:18

First Common Whitethroat back on site

A Common Whitethroat is singing in the Hawthorn copse around the public footpath adjacent to the Kerries factory 2nd car park this morning. At least 8 Willow Warblers are singing in the same area and 3 Blackcaps.A female Sparrow Hawk was hunting along the banks of the Calder around the footbridge...

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13/04/2020 11:50

A very slow increase but gradual increase in local migrants

A lone Swallow was sat on the telegraph wires in fron of the Brewers Pride pub in Healy Road Ossett at )7:30 this morning looking  absolutel frozen and dejected almost on the same day it turned up there in 2019.Further up the Calder on Dewsbury Sewage Works there was 25 Swallows feeding around...

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07/04/2020 17:35

My First local Willow Warbler a true sound of Summer

It was cheering indeed to suddenly stumble across a Willow Warbler in full song on my short walk this morning. This species to me usualy heralds the arrival of many more local migrants and indeed there have been reports of Sedge Warblers Swallows,Grasshopper Warblers,House Martins and even Cuckoos...

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04/04/2020 10:09

Things can only get better as Sand Martins arrive back at local breeding sites.

Amidst all the doom and gloom persisting all of us at the moment.And despite what has for me localy been a slow start to the Spring migration season it was nice to go out for a short walk this morning and have local Sand Martins circling around my head near their local breeding sites.As I was...

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21/03/2020 10:22

Common Buzzards spreading their wings.

Its amazing how Common Buzzards are turning up at places that a few years ago would have seemed impossible. I was surprised to see 4 Buzzards circling over Batley Park on Thursday followed by another 2 flying high over Heckmonwike Town Centre being mobbed by around 15 Jackdaws.2 birds can be found...

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14/03/2020 09:47

Its that time of year again.

Its nice to hear of some Summer visitors arriving on the South Coast this last week.Allready there have been sightins of Sand martins at Fairburn Ings and reports of Wheatears at varius locationswith a single Swallow also sighted Horbury Junction and particulary the boggy fields at the bottom of...

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06/03/2020 12:22

Barn Owls back in business

It is good news to get reports of Barn owls hunting in the fields around the Thornhill/Ossett area after a short period when they appeared to be absent. What with the stormy weather and steady continuing build up of traffic in the area the species is extremely vunerable and after rearing 3...

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27/02/2020 13:18

Recent flooding creating havok on local sites

Its several weeks since iv been able to complete a routine check on my routine birding sites and after the recent heavy rains  and floods I have to report the area is in pretty bad shape. Most of the riverside habitats have been devastated and damage to such things as portable hides etc have...

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03/02/2020 21:24

Redwings in feeding frenzy in local park

A quick visit to my local park in Dewsbury today with the kids was well worth the visit.Having been impressed by the tidy and well kept appearance of the park i was surprised to find certain returning Winter visitoring birds where equaly enjoying the benefits of the site. At least 58 Redwings where...

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30/01/2020 13:04

Pink Feet on their way home early

2 medium sized skeins of Pink Footed Geese passed over Dewsbury at 11:00 this morning eventualy merging in to a skein of 72 birds before turning to the North West passing over Earlsheaton and disapearing from view. This is the route normaly taken by Wintering Pink Feet as the journey back to...

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