St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Archive for May 2017

Spotlight on.. Skipper butterflies

The month of June heralds the emergence of Skipper butterflies at St Nicks, bringing a welcome gleam of gold on flower heads, especially in the grassy areas. Of the eight British skipper species Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris and Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus can always be found on the reserve in summer, while a further two […]

Posted 25 May 2017 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: butterfly, Large Skipper, Skipper Butterfly, small skipper

Wildwatch: April 2017

Highlights New bumblebee and hoverfly species for St Nicks brighten up a cold month.. bird breeding season underway.. possible new breeding species? .. herbaceous flowers peak mid-April Weather Generally a cool month, around 14 – 15C, but dipping down to a chilly 6 – 7C on the 26th. Some sunshine, breezy at times – but […]

Posted 21 May 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Blue Tit, Ensign Fly, Forest Cuckoo Bumble Bee, Hawthorn Shieldbug, Hoverfly

Derwenthorpe Wildwatch: April 2017

Our Volunteer Coordinator Maria summaries April at Derwenthorpe as well as explaining just what was involved in the Hedgehog day at St Nicks, how you can help the hedgehogs and what we hope to see in May… We had an interesting month at Derwenthorpe, changing the usual format of the sessions for a couple of […]

Posted 19 May 2017 | Categories: Derwenthorpe Wildwatch | Tags: bees, birds, counting, Derwenthorpe, environment, fauna, flora, invertebrates, Mallard, nature, plants, pond dipping, project, sightings, sparrow, survey, wildlife, York

Mental Health Awareness Week – Connecting to Nature through Writing

This blog has been written by the leader of our Creative Writing course, Emma Mckenzie. The creative writing course is one of the ways our Ecotherapy project may help those suffering from mental ill health. Ecotherapy recognises that being in green spaces and connecting to nature can be good for our mental health and wellbeing. […]

Posted 11 May 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Uncategorized

Spotlight on.. Goldfinch

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) is arguably St Nicks’ most colourful bird – although Bullfinch is a close contender! These black, white, brown, yellow and red (yes, count the colours!) finches are present at St Nicks all year round, and they breed on the reserve. They are widespread resident breeding birds throughout most of the UK and […]

Posted 3 May 2017 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: Goldfinch