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The Village Wildlife.

Most people who know me will know how passionate I am about wildlife and especially wild birds, after been brought up on a farm I got to understand many things about wild animals and not only what their requirements are but also what they can bring to the community in the whole after studying many species of wildlife and wild birds over many years it has lead me to feel very passionate about saving their natural habitat and to do whatever I can to help them survive our sometimes cruel world.

Bailiff Bridge and its surrounding areas was a great place for wildlife and as a kid I remember seeing many now endangered species and some now extinct, over the last 40 years of so the wildlife natural habitat has got smaller and smaller with the human population getting bigger and bigger bringing new and sometimes fatal results to the wildlife.

Like many villages Bailiff Bridge has not been kind to the wildlife and especially in the last ten years or so the wildlife of Bailiff has been devastated with all the changers and in particular the demolition of the mills and factories along with losing a large dam and vast amounts of green land and hundreds of trees and shrubs which were removed to make way for hundreds of houses along with their concrete roads, paths, drives and patios, while it is great to see a bird hopping around in the garden or a hedgehog or frog crossing the road you really have to look at the bigger picture to see if the wildlife is great in Bailiff Bridge and by putting out a dish of peanuts or seed although this is really helpful is not the only factor in having a happy and sustainable wildlife, any kind of wildlife you see there maybe dozens of factors that make this wildlife you have just seen survive in Bailiff Bridge and it all starts with micro organism that is much too small to see with the naked eye but just as vital as a small fly is to a bird or fish and without this the true wildlife of Bailiff Bridge and indeed the world could not survive.

The wildlife ecological survival chain is a very long chain and is a little more than most people think of a pecking order of the bigger takes the smaller to survive, but this is just one of the final links in this very long chain all this micro living matter that you cannot see are just as vital in this long chain as the fly the fish ate and a lot of this is to do with bacteria and many types of virus and hundreds of other vital factors that help stop disease and poisoning using natural inbuilt friendly germs, antibodies, etc.

As previously mentioned the wildlife of Bailiff Bridge was devastated and at one point it looked like wildlife in the village would never return, in the last few years thanks to many people in Bailiff who have been doing their bit in feeding the wildlife, cleaning the stream and planting wildlife friendly plants, although the wildlife has not returned to its past level we have now got an acceptable level of wildlife in the village. The stream is now almost self sufficient with lots of Crustaceans, Crayfish, Scrimps, Beetles and other insects making rich pickings for the Fish, Kingfishers, Ducks, Dippers, Gray Wagtails, Herons, Stoats, Mink and there are even reports of seeing a beaver.

Around the playing fields and beyond we have a fantastic source of natural wildlife micro living matter right up to many rare and unusual animals and creatures including Deer, Newts, Bats, Frogs, Bees, Butterflies, Rabbits, etc. Along with this is some amazing bird’s including an assortment of Crows, Finches, Sparrows, Robins, Blackbirds, Wrens, etc. Along with vital plants and flowers In fact this is one of the most vital areas in Bailiff Bridge in helping to keep this essential chain and helping to sustain the wildlife in the village.

The wildlife in Bailiff Bridge is still very fragile and we must protect this land so our children and their children can see the wildlife in Bailiff and not have to see them in a picture book.

They are trying to spoil and take away this last remaining public open green land and vital area for the survival of Bailiff Bridges Wildlife. We Must Stop Any Development on this land or Loose Our Wildlife Forever.

Like Wildlife Why Not Visit Cromwell Bottom?

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Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve
Situated between Brighouse and Elland this nature reserve was created on old Gravel Pits it was filled in a good few years back. It is a recognised fly-way for many species of wildfowl and waders on migration flying over the Pennines. We have many habitats, Lagoon, Wet Woodland, Meadows along with a Bird Viewing Area. Click Here
If you have a few hours to spare in helping the completion of some of their projects I am sure Graham and the team would love to hear from you or just drop in to see some spectacular birds.

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