St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

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 […]

07 Dec

Wildwatch: November 2015 Sightings

Highlights A 2nd bird record for St Nicks – and the 1st to be photographed, and a long-lingering summer visitor.. two new plant finds.. handsome Fungus Beetles delight! Weather A mainly cloudy month on Wildwatch Wednesdays, but also dry, apart from a few showers on the 18th. But there were sunny intervals on the 18th […]

19 Nov

November 2015: Spotlight on … Ash trees

Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) is a native tree, but it’s one on its own. It belongs to the Oleaceae, along with the Olive and Lilac, and its only native relation is a form of wild Privet. Two or three Mediterranean and American forms have been introduced as ornamental trees, but you’re unlikely to find them outside […]

08 Nov

Wildwatch: October 2015 Sightings

Highlights Winter & summer birds overlap; striking autumn colours; shieldbugs still bugging, but butterflies have flown Weather Temperatures were generally in the low teens. The 14th was the only Wednesday with any sunshine, whilst on the 28th, heavy rain curtailed the Wildwatch activity after about an hour. Otherwise, conditions were dry, if a little soggy […]

28 Oct

October 2015: Spotlight on … Grey Wagtails

The Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) is an occasional visitor to St Nicks, seen more often in the Autumn and Winter months (but see below). This attractive grey and yellow bird is nearly always found near running water, so all the St Nicks sightings have been along the Tang Hall and Osbaldwick Becks. Typically it is […]

13 Oct

Serious about recycling? Label your containers!

Introducing Sam Taylor, who is our new Recycling Coordinator at St Nicks managing our domestic and business waste collection service in York. Kerbside collection makes it easy and convenient to recycle. Plus, today’s new technologies and growing markets are expanding the number of materials we can recycle at the kerb. At St Nicks we currently […]