St Nicks

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Category: Wildwatch

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

Wildwatch: March 2017

Highlights The flowers that bloom in the spring (tra-la!).. the year’s first butterflies appear, and the Harlequinade begins.. mewing in the air and creeping in the garden! Weather Temperatures started to creep up during the month, starting with a cool 4C on the 1st and reaching 11C later on subsequent Wildwatch Wednesdays. There were some […]

Posted 13 April 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Brimstone butterfly, Bumblebees, Chiffchaff, comma butterfly, common buzzard, fox, Fritilliary, goldcrest, kingfisher, ladybirds, Siskin, Snowdrop, sparrowhawk, Treecreeper, Water Rail, white dead nettle

Wildwatch: February 2017

Highlights Winter birds still with us, but signs of Spring.. First hoverfly of the year enjoys the snowdrops, while beetle is one-in-a-thousand Weather Cool (4 – 9C) but with some sunny intervals. The Wildwatch team stayed dry! Birds Winter visitors are, not surprisingly, still with us! Two Redwings flew over on the 8th and there […]

Posted 23 March 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, catkins, coltsfoot, goldcrest, Great spotted woodpecker, kingfisher, Otter, redwing, Rove Beetle, Water Rail

Wildwatch: January 2017

Highlights Long tailed screecher – new bird at St Nicks.. bugs sunbathe while beetles hide in the dark.. brains seen all round the reserve. Weather The first Wildwatch Wednesday of the year was cold but sunny, and we enjoyed some sunshine on all but one of the four Wednesdays. Temperatures ranged from 4o – 8o […]

Posted 14 February 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch

Wildwatch: December 2016 Sightings

Highlights Over-wintering summer visitor? .. skulking rail still present.. blank on Shieldbugs..return of Water Vole.. Lemon Disco! Weather Not surprisingly, temperatures fell throughout the month. 12C was recorded on 7th December, falling to 2C on the 28th, the latter day being bright, sunny and “nithering”! Birds The long-staying Water Rail was seen on all four […]

Posted 14 January 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, fungi, gorse, Gorse Shieldbug, kingfisher, millipede, Water Rail

Wildwatch: October / November 2016 Sightings

Highlights A secretive bird… even more secretive mammals… Halloween beetles (and bats!)… a new gall for the reserve Commentary For various reasons, we were not able to complete a Wildwatch blog report for October, so this is a combined October / November report. We’ve been looking out for visiting winter birds, and had a few […]

Posted 12 December 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: deer, fox, millipede, Water Rail, woodlice

Wildwatch: September 2016 Sightings

Highlights Bumper month for the “Blue Flash”.. Shieldbugs are September’s stars and Harlequin Ladybirds spring a surprise.. fungi starting to flourish. Commentary As Summer moves into Autumn, the flora and fauna at St Nicks changes. Flowering plants are dying back, insects are declining in numbers (although still plenty to see), Autumn colours are appearing as […]

Posted 4 October 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch

Spotlight on….Hawthorn

Hawthorn (Crateagus monogyna) is a native species, best known as a thorny hedging plant or large shrub. Left alone and given space, it makes an attractive small tree, growing up to ten metres high. As a bush, it adapts readily to light pruning, close trimming, and traditional hedge-laying. It must have been used like this […]

Posted 24 September 2016 | Categories: Spotlight on..., Wildwatch | Tags: Hawthorn

Wildwatch: August 2016

Highlights:  Return of the Head-banger. New butterfly record but butterfly numbers remain low. Look out for Kiwi fruit with antennae! Giant puffball and galling plant discovery. Weather Dry on all the Wildwatch Wednesdays, with temperatures ranging from 14C to 23C. The 24th was particularly hot, sunny and with calm winds. Birds As expected, August was […]

Posted 9 September 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: bistort gall, dark green fritillary, dragonflies, Earth Star fungus, Great spotted woodpecker

Wildwatch: July 2016 Sightings

Highlights A new St Nicks hoverfly and new St Nicks moths.. “Woody” is a new plant record.. and a hunter along the Bund Path! Weather Mainly dry with sunshine and sunny intervals, with the warmer weather (up to 25C) in the early part of the month, and down to 18C on the 27th Invertebrates July’s weather […]

Posted 9 August 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Blood-vein Moth, longhorn beetle, Woody Nightshade