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Haworth Nature Blog
Last updated: 04/04/2014
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About Haworth Nature Blog
Blog recording the nature in Haworth and the Worth Valley

News
4 April 2014
Bats seen flying this evening. about Pipistrelle Bats on Haworth website here...
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7 November 2013
Harlequin Ladybird Harlequin Ladybirds have arrived in Haworth!

Unfortunately these pests have now made their way here, they were first discovered in South England in the summer of 2004. They were introduced to America and Europe to control greenfly which they do very well, but they also kill our native species of Ladybird as well as other insects. At this time of year, you may see them inside as they look for warm places, don't squash them as they give off a pungent smell and can leave a stain, they can also give you a small bite.

About on Haworth website here...


7 May 2013
Swifts seen in Haworth

2 May 2013
The first Cuckoo of the year was heard in the valley below the path to Bronte Falls. A Stoat was spotted by the side of the track to the falls at the same.

25 April 2013
Nearly a month later, the frogspawn seen on 26 March now has tadpoles, timelapse of frogspawn hatching here...

20 April 2013
Bats seen flying this evening.

19 April 2013
Looks like the Swallows that nest at Greenfields have returned, seen flying there this morning.

16 April 2013
Three Swallows seen flying low over the fields behind the Cricket Club. See the April Nature Diary here.

6th April 2013
First butterfly this year a Small Tortoiseshell seen at Haworth this morning. About on Haworth website here...

26th March 2013
Spring has got off to a very slow start. The winter months of Jan Feb have been cold and just as it looked like we may start to get warm weather, on Friday 22nd March 2013 saw heavy snow fall, with deep snow drifts and the cold weather is still with us.

In a ditch the frog have been busy with plenty of frog spawn, perhaps they think milder weather will be soon?

Frog spawn photographed on 26 March 2013, click on the thumbnails for bigger picture.
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21st July 2012
After a prolonged spell of wet weather, a couple of days has seen Dragonflies emerging, photo sequence is the transformation of a nymph into a Southern Hawker dragonfly which was photographed on 21st July 2012. Click on the thumbnail for bigger picture.
Dragonfly emerging




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12th May 2012
6 Swifts seen at Haworth today. About Swifts on Haworth website here...

10th and 11th May 2012
On the 10th May we got the first report of a Cuckoo being heard in the area and on the 11th Swifts were seen over the village.

1st May 2012 - Cuckoo Tracking
Two Cuckoos have made it back to the UK! Lyster is in Norfolk and Chris is in Essex.

In 2011 the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) attached satellite-tracking devices to five Cuckoos from Norfolk to find out more about the their migration to and from Africa. You can follow the route a cuckoo makes on the BTO's website from Africa to the UK here...
We should hear them any time now in the Worth Valley, these are the dates they have been heard, if you hear one in the Worth Valley area, please email us with date and location.
Cuckoo heard 14th May 2005 at Ponden and 23 May 2005 at Haworth Cemetery, Penistone. Heard near Bronte waterfall on 1st May 2007. Heard Long Bridge area 20th May 2011.
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19th April 2012: Oddly coloured pigeon
This strangely coloured pigeon appeared in a Haworth garden yesterday and again today. The only references to such birds we have found are to coloured racing pigeons from the Murcia region of Spain. It may be a bird that originates from there, it is certainly much tamer than most pigeons.
Image of the pigeon on Flickr

16th April 2012
3 Swallows at Haworth today.
about Swallows on Haworth website here...

14th April 2012
Swallows seen at Leeming reservoir Oxenhope

8th April 2012
“A bit murky on the moors today” Instagram image posted by jackharrybill here...
And.... “Looking towards Ponden Reservoir from above Ponden Clough” by jackharrybill here...

On the walk John reported seeing a lone Kestrel, Lapwings, Curlew and plenty of Red Grouse but nothing particularly out of the ordinary.

As we reported here on 6th April, Sky News cover the controversy over proposed wind turbines near Haworth here...
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7th April 2012
Pipistrelle Bats out flying this evening, about Pipistrelle Bats on Haworth website here...
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6th April 2012
Controversy over proposed wind turbines near Haworth as reported in the Telegraph which manages to misspell Haworth: Telegraph article here...

Cuckoo Tracking
You can follow the route a cuckoo makes from Africa to the UK here... Of the 5 Cuckoos that were fitted with radio tags, two have crossed the Sahara, and one of them; Martin is now in Spain.

Its still probably over a month before we will hear them in the Worth Valley, these are the dates they have been heard, if you hear one in the Worth Valley area, please email us with date and location.
Cuckoo heard 14th May 2005 at Ponden and 23 May 2005 at Haworth Cemetery, Penistone. Heard near Bronte waterfall on 1st May 2007. Heard Long Bridge area 20th May 2011.
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5th April 2012Daffodils in snow About 4" snow fell in the night at Haworth, first significant snow in April for over 10 years. The BBC reports that it was the heaviest snowfall in Yorkshire for over 30 years. BBC article here...
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The Greenwich Meridian28th March 2012 History walk from Slippery Ford to Keighley Moor Reservoir. About 200 yards up from Slippery Ford you cross the Greenwich Meridian; the North South Latitude, as shown in the photo using 2 GPS showing SE00000

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