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Ogden Water Country Park & Nature Reserve HX2 8YA
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Ogden Water Country Park offers a superb opportunity to escape from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Over 250,000 people visit Ogden Water every year for picnics, walking, family outings and nature activities Why not enjoy a picnic at one of our picnic tables, whilst taking in the stunning views. View location on Streetmap

The visitor centre is open 10.30am to 3.15pm. Why not pop in for a tea, coffee, flapjack or gingerbread man and remember to pick up some duck food to feed our wildfowl.

The visitor centre also has many leaflets about things to do in the area. Maps showing walks around the woodlands etc.

Visitor Centre
We have a few new faces in the visitor centre now, so many in fact that it is open every day of the week. Why not take the opportunity to have a stroll around and call in for a coffee (yes, got the drinks machine fixed as well) and say hello.

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Also see Whats On

Also see notices on site.

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The Permanent Orienteering Course maps are available at the Visitor Centre. £1.50 each. They are proving very popular, particularly with school groups.

new orienteering post

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Do you have any anecdotes, pictures, or short stories of trips to Ogden in the past, ie. donkeys years ago! If you have, please get in touch with Ranger Chris.

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If you are planning to bring a party of people on a visit to Ogden Water, you could contact the Ranger to make sure the facilities will be available when you come.

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Chris Sutcliffe Tweets, Nov 2013:

Thanks to funding made available from the Friends of Ogden Water, recent improvements have been made to the estate. These have included the redesign and reconstruction of the viewpoint on the far side of the reservoir, improvements to drainage and footpath surface and major improvements in the picnic area.

See the photos of the work!

 

July 2014 Chris Sutcliffe updates us on what is going on at Ogden! It has been a hectic few months for Ogden Water, lots has been going on, lots of visitors both human and wildlife and there are more works in the pipeline.

Wildlife
Over the last few months Ogden has literally greened up - the trees have come into leaf and the spring flowers put on a beautiful (if small) display. Now in summer there is a buzz in the air, quite literally as bees, butterflies, moths and dragonflies can be seen all around the reservoir side and through the woodlands. On the birding front, early spring heard a Cuckoo in Skirden Clough and up onto the moorlands, Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit and Wood Warbler have all been seen and heard. The last one, Wood Warbler was only the 3rd listing for Calderdale this year, so all the woodland management seems to be paying off. A Common Scooter visited the other day, normally a sea duck, this bird seemed quite happy on the reservoir. Finally the mass emergence of toads has begun, the grasslands around the reservoir edging and the pathways were covered in hopping little toads, leaving the ponds and heading out to look for food in the undergrowth - so watch your step.

Practical Work
Our monthly practical group have been hard at work with projects including Christmas tree recycling, building a boardwalk over a muddy section of path, drainage work, patching up the brash layer, taking walls down, building walls back up and patching up the fence line on the boundary going up Ogden Clough. More details and photos of these works can be seen on the Ogden Water Facebook page. In addition to the hard work of the regular practical group, we have had a number of Lloyds Banking volunteer groups visiting, with, in one case over 70 people helping with woodland management, drainage work, litter picking and checking the orienteering course. We have also had groups in building bird and bat boxes for the site.

Events
We have had a number of walks on site, from the Summer Tree ID walk, learning how to be a Nature Sherlock Holmes collecting clues from leaves, bark and fruits to identify trees, to a walk over the moorlands with Scientists from Leeds Uni, looking at all aspects of water (collection, storage, historical use and present day works) and the WATCH group have been meeting monthly to look at all manner of natural things and help with practical sessions as well.

Other news
We are just about to replace the signs in the car park with the opening and closing times on. There is work planned (funded by the last grants from the Friends of Ogden Water) from September onwards to replace fence lines, improve the path surface and make improvements to Georg'e Viewpoint, Our practical sessions are continuing from September with the emphasis being placed on work laid down in the recently completed Woodland Planning Grant Programme. This looks at woodland management of Ogden Water over the next 20 years and will include some big changes to the estate. We have been judged for Green Flag again and are keeping our fingers crossed that we will receive it for a record 10th time.

All in all we have been busy and continue to be so
Chris Sutcliffe. Ranger

Anthony Greenwood Tweets, Jan 21st 2014

A meeting of the past committee of Friends of Ogden was held to finalise what should be done with grant monies, left in the bank account.

It was decided that the money should be transferred into the safe keeping of Chris Sutcliffe for use around the site. Also a small proportion to go to Watch Group.

See photos of the days work!

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Footpath improvements:
With over 40 tonnes of aggregate ordered, there was a bit left over so this was used to fill in a number of pot holes developing on the reservoir path and also to raise the level of the path on the near side of the reservoir just before the dipping pond. This area had suffered from constant erosion by both water and people's feet, however the level now being raised should allow safe, easy and above all dry access along this section of path.

See the photos of the work!