Its worth a visit


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

18/08/2010 11:29

Fancying a Birding trip to the Gambia

  If you are planning a birding trip to the Gambia,why not contact PA JALLOW and see what he has to offer. You can contact him by e-mail at pajallow1978@yahoo.com or by telephone number02209850247

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10/08/2010 02:55

Bird nesting Boxes,Feeders,Log Cabins and Bird Tables etc

  Anyone interested in Bird Tables feeders etc visit our website at https://kirkleesfriendsoftheenvironment.webnode.com/

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09/08/2010 17:16

Our next visit

Bushtrack birder will be visiting the Gambia for 2 weeks from the 5th of November until the 19th.A daily log of observations and pictures will be published on this website.

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22/06/2010 13:42

Tendaba camp

Tendaba camp is a must trip for travelling birders and is situated on the riverGambia about 100km from the capital banjul and around 145km from the main town of Serrekunda.Accomodation is rather basic and is in Thatched and whitewashed round houses.There is showers and electricity in each of these...

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05/06/2010 19:05

Hippo attacks in Nianija District

The following news story was published in the Gambia News on the 30th of April. The Gambias minister of Forestry and the environment,HonJato Sillah has promised thepeople of Bakadaji in Nianija district of the Central River Region that the government under the leadership of his excellency Sheik...

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28/04/2010 11:08

Some observations

A bat hawk was seen at Lamin Kotu on 5th of November.30 Ruppells Vultures were seen near N"Jau central River Division on the 6th vof November.A               little Buttonquail was atFarasuto Western Division on the 7th of...

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21/04/2010 18:15

Some recent sightings

A pair of common moorhens produced 6 young at Kartong (Western Division}in early December.This is the first breeding record for the Gambia.Also at the same location Great Reed Warbler caught on the 25th and 28th of April. A Dwarf Bittern was at Kotu in December/January and 20 Black Storks were near...

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11/04/2010 17:20

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07/04/2010 19:35

Visitors observations

Anyone wishing to submit sightings or trip reports please do so via john@samba660.freeserve.co.uk

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25/03/2010 15:00

Highlighs from a trip by John Hamilton and Pa Jallow 16th of March to 22nd of March

Brufoot Woods on Thursday 17th march inc Short Toed Eagle,Greater Honey guide(see gallery)Long tailed Nightjar pin Tailed Wydha Northern red Bishop Whie Helmet ShrikeBlack shouldered kitePigmy Kingfisher 5 Stone partridgeWhite faced Scops owl with 3 youngsters Spendid SunbirdNorthern Crombeck...

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News

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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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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