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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

22/10/2018 16:25

More Wild Geese over Ossett

At 10:15 a large skein of some 440 Pink Footed Geese passed over Lower Healy Road Ossett flying directly Easterly.This is the fifth skein of Pink Feet in 2 mornings with at least 800 birds passing in the spate of a few minutes yesterday morning. Small birds still thin on the ground with less than...

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21/10/2018 20:15

Pink Footed Geese continue to follow their traditional route Eastwards over Dewsbury

This morning saw at least 4 good sized skeins of Pink Footed Geese flying high over Earlsheaton sometimes with 3 or 4 stringsof birds.The first 2 parties 1 of around 130 birds was over at 11:15 quickly followed at 11:22 with a further party of some 240 birds following exactly the same flight...

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11/10/2018 23:34

Winter Thrushes starting to appear but still in small numbers

There was at least 20 Redwings feeding in a small copse in the lower Pildacre area (Ossett) this morning.After spending a couple of hours feeding up all the Redwings rose up and moved away slowly Southwards.Jays are very active in the  Ossett\Dewsbury area at the moment and one reason for this...

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10/10/2018 21:08

Ring Necked Parakeets increasing in the valley and Pink Footed Geese that pass in the night.

A party of 8 Ring Necked Parakeets where flying calling loudly around the Earlsheaton section of Mill Bank Thornhill yesterday morning.Thornhill Rectory Park has become a regular resting place for these birds in recent years and it is not unusual to see up to a dozen birds perched in the tall oaks...

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05/10/2018 15:30

Wild Geese make their presence heard in the Valley.

Yesterday morning at around 08:10 a flock (consisting of several skeins) of around 520 Pink Footed Geese flew in a Westerly direction over north Ossett in several v formations moving slowly Westerly.Often Pink Footed geese are first located by their call a very distinctive wink winky can be heard...

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03/10/2018 19:15

Nearly all Summer birds departed but still life in the valley

I have not seen any local Swallows on my patch since the 26th of September when 6 birds passed very quickly going South East over Horbury Bridge. There are 2 Chiff Chaff in the Pildacre fields area of Ossett at the moment and activity has stepped up on my feeders in the area with 18 Long Tailed...

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18/09/2018 11:25

House Martins and Swallows on the move.

Good numbers of Swallows and House Martins where moving very high and slowly Eastwards over Mill Bank Thornhill this morning. Though I was only present in the area for an hour this morning I counted some 600 birds passing very slowly over theMill Bank Austingley Lane area Thornhill in the first...

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16/09/2018 19:45

Autumn has arrived

What a difference a week makes.After spending a week at Spurn Point where it is still possible to see birds such as yellow wagtails,several whinchats and Wheatears and see a steady flow of Swallows and House and Sand Martins it was strange to return to my local sites to find just about all the...

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21/08/2018 20:36

No sign of young Kittiwake but plenty to see on the Calder this evening.

No sign of the Juvenile Kittiwake from yesterday but still plenty to see on the Calder between Dewsbury and Ossett this afternoon and early evening. There are are still 2 Little Egrets and 4 Green Sandpipers present in the area on the Calder around the Earlsheaton Dewsbury Sewage Works area and...

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20/08/2018 19:51

Young Kittiwake a surprise find on the Calder at Ossett today.

The area of the River Calder between Ossett and Dewsbury has produced many surprise birds over the years and now with its cleanliness and a very much imroved surrounding environment it appears at the moment to be on the up again.Never have I seen so many shoals of small fish splashing around the...

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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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16/01/2020 12:03

A 6 month problem at last showing signs of improving

Having being dogged for the last 6 months with a trapped nerve in my back causing a lack of feeling in my feet it is good to report an easing of the disomfort and a chance to at last to visit my local birding patch without too much trouble. A short walk along the River Calder yesterday morning...

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21/11/2019 13:22

High river level takes its toll

The amount of litter,rubbish and garbage scattered along the banks of the calder around The Saville Town,Mill Bank Thornhill area gives testimony to theamount of river water spilled over from the persistant rainfall over the last few weeks. This has a direct bearing on the amount of Wildfowl able...

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02/11/2019 12:57

North Ossett Church Peregrine returns but this time with a mate

The male Peregrine Falcon which has frequented North Ossett Church in recent years has again become a frequent visitor again .This time though being in the company of a mate showing a distinctive  size differential not present in the bird he returned with in previouse years. The birds are...

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23/10/2019 20:46

First foray in to the field since early August

What a weird experience going out in the field with two frozen feet not having any feeling where you tread and occasionaly falling over through lack of balance. Thus was the feeling this morning on my walk in the field birding since early August. My word was it quiet birdwise with only very small...

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