St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

04 Oct

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 […]

30 Sep

NO dig for victory!

Ivana Jakubkova, Events Officer at St Nicks, has a go at the ‘No Dig’ gardening method and explores its many benefits. Thanks to Audrey Miller for demonstrating her skills and Greenfields School & Community Garden for hosting the course. If you’d love to grow your own organic fruit and veg but digging really isn’t your […]

24 Sep

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 […]

09 Sep

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 […]

26 Aug

Spotlight on.. Kingfisher

Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is probably the most “want-to-see” bird at St Nicks! For those people lucky enough to see them, the usual view is a brilliant flash of iridescent blue as the bird flies up and down Tang Hall and Osbaldwick Becks. But Kingfishers spend a lot of time perched, looking in the water for […]

09 Aug

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 […]

27 Jul

Could hipsters be good for the environment?

After the success of our Gillian Clifton Guest Blogs (catch up here if you missed it!) the team here at St Nicks have decided to feature regular “opinion pieces” from staff and volunteers. They are intended to be a bit lighthearted and raise issues and conversations you might not have thought about before. We hope […]

26 Jul

July 2016: Spotlight on.. Dragonflies

The dragonfly is one of the truly charismatic insects – colourful, darting, elusive, captivating and possessing amazing aerobatic skills. Almost any water body will attract them – ponds, lakes, streams, rivers, rock pools, estuaries, peat bogs, waterfalls, puddles. Their evocative family names beautifully describe their brief lives: skimmers, darters, hawkers, chasers. Most adult dragonflies live […]

12 Jul

Wildwatch: June 2016

Highlights All-day chorus, bright meadows  and the return of a damned elusive plant. Where have all the butterflies gone?  Hoverflies and bugs make up for them! Birds There was plenty of birdsong at St Nicholas Fields in June in spite of dull or damp weather on most of the five Wildwatch Wednesdays in the month. […]

01 Jul

What could BREXIT mean for recycling and waste management?

If by now you haven’t heard the news the referendum results are in. The leave campaign has been successful and negotiations are now being carried out to make our exit from the European Union a reality. The vote was a close one, only 1.9% separated leave and remain so whilst the country may not be […]