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Derwenthorpe Wildwatch: March 2017

March saw not only the arrival of spring but the beginning of our regular Wildwatch sessions at Derwenthorpe. Although the sessions will be led by myself for the most part, I would like to say a huge thank you to our Nature Reserve Manager, Jonathan Dent, who has done all the hard work to get […]

Posted 20 April 2017 | Categories: Derwenthorpe Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, Butterbur, green alkanet, Seven-spot Ladybird, Wildwatch

Wildwatch: May 2016 Sightings

Highlights Cool damp weather suppresses butterflies, and other insects.. birds defending their breeding territories.. trees & bushes reach their flowering peak. Weather Temperatures remained low throughout most of the month.. around 10 – 12 C, although a mainly sunny day on the 4th saw the thermometer climbing to 18C. We had intermittent rain on the […]

Posted 7 June 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Cuckoo Flower, Fourteen-spot Ladybird, green alkanet, Green Shieldbug, Herald Moth, Swallow, Swift, Water Aven, Whitethroat, Wood Ave

Wildwatch: April 2016 Sightings

Highlights Woodpecker sightings increase.. chilly month keeps insect numbers down – where are all the butterflies?.. a strange season for herbaceous plants.   Weather Temperatures on Wildwatch Wednesdays remained consistently below 10C, although it was sunny on the 13th and 20th. Birds Great Spotted Woodpeckers, usually an occasional visitor to St Nicks, were seen on […]

Posted 9 May 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Ash flowers, blackcap, Brimstone, Chiffchaff, goldcrest, green alkanet, Herb Robert, orange tip, Pied Shield Bug, Red-tailed Bumble Bee, Shining Cranesbill, Slall Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, willow warbler, wren

Wildwatch: 8th May 2013 – Oak before Ash??

Weather: overcast with showers, cool at first, light breeze. Observers: Linda, Kaye What a contrast with the weekend’s mini heatwave! But the showers were a welcome refreshment for yet more leaves and flowers, and the birds seemed to like it – at any rate they were much more in evidence than last week. The new […]

Posted 8 May 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, cowslip, Cuckoo Flower, green alkanet, Song Thrush

Wildwatch: 13 June 2012 – Flesh Flies and Welted Thistles!

Weather: Mainly cloudy with sunny intervals. Light breeze. Observers: Hannah, Hazel, Ian, Janetta, Kaj, Lindsay With the heavy rains over the weekend, both becks were flowing fast and furious, Tang Hall Beck in particular. The water level in the latter was just a foot below the top of the culvert. We did a circuit around […]

Posted 14 June 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bumblebee, flesh flies, flowering plants, green alkanet, ichneumon wasp, Ladybird, weevil, welted thistles