The life stages of the Orange Tip butterfly

Centre for nature and green living

18 Apr

April 2016: Spotlight on.. Orange Tip butterfly

The attractive and unmistakable male Orange Tip butterfly (Anthocaris cardamines) is one of the first to emerge in the spring from its pupa (chrysalis). Within the pupa it has been metamorphosing from a caterpillar into a butterfly since June or July the previous year. Females emerge a week or so later, ensuring that there are […]

06 Apr

March 2016 Sightings

Highlights:  new arrival,  emerging hibernators, and the flowers that bloom in the spring.. Birds Our resident birding enthusiast was absent for all but one of the Wildwatch walks during March, so it is no surprise that after February’s two broken species records, nothing so exciting happened on the five Wednesdays of March. Our total species […]

20 Mar

March 2016: Spotlight on…Acers

Members of this large and widespread group of trees can be identified by buds and leaves in opposite pairs, and clusters of small flowers opening with or just before leaves which are normally hand-shaped with three, five or seven lobes. The seeds are in winged pairs that often spin as they fall to the ground […]

09 Mar

Wildwatch: February 2016 Sightings

Highlights St Nicks bird records broken – twice! 24 months of Shieldbug records. Spring flowers start to emerge. Weather Mainly sunny and calm on Wildwatch Wednesdays, apart from the 17th, with temperatures between 2C and 8C Birds Who says that February is a boring month? This month, the St Nicks Wildwatch bird species record was […]

20 Feb

February 2016: Spotlight on.. Lungwort

Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis) is a small, low-growing, rather hairy plant with clusters of small, tubular flowers in shades from blue to pink or white. The leaves range from almost heart-shaped to oval, and all but the lowest are blotched with white. Its official flowering period is from March to May but in a mild winter like […]

11 Feb

Wildwatch: January 2016 Sightings

Highlights Tiny winter visitor makes a brief appearance.. What’s shiny, rough, smooth and pygmy?.. Spring under way with male and female flowers showing.   Weather Temperatures remained seasonally low, between 2C and 7C, but dry and mainly calm on the Wildwatch Wednesdays. The Boxing Day floods continued to ensure high water levels on both the […]

22 Jan

What’s the link between Paris and York? People & climate

This post was written by Ivana Jakubkova and expresses her personal opinions. You can find more pictures from Paris on Ivana’s Flickr. I was amongst a group of people from York who went to Paris last December to attend the People’s Climate Summit and other events running alongside the global Conference Of the Parties (COP21) […]

20 Jan

January 2016: Spotlight on.. Winter Tit Feeding Flocks

In the Spring and Summer, members of the Tit family – Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit and Coal Tit – pair up to breed at St Nicks. Some of them occupy the numerous nest boxes scattered around the reserve. But, in the Autumn and Winter months (October through to February) members of this bird […]

06 Jan

Wildwatch: December 2015 Sightings

Highlights Late summer, early spring for plants.. several scarce St Nicks birds seen.. edible or deadly poisonous – we didn’t dare test.. Weather Generally mild (10 – 13C) and cloudy, with some sunshine on some days. But on 26th and 27th, the floods came, due to the problems with the Foss Flood Barrier. Large areas of the […]

21 Dec

December 2015: Spotlight on … Goldcrest

Goldcrest (Regulus regulus) is one of Europe’s smallest birds, equalled only in size by Firecrest. Weighing in at just 6 – 6.5 grams, the weight of a 10p coin, this tiny bird makes some astonishing journeys. Every winter, many thousands make the journey across the North Sea from Scandinavia to spend the winter in the […]