St Nicks

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Tag: Harlequin Ladybird

Wildwatch: May 2015

Highlights Breeding evidence at St Nicks of a nationally endangered species; cold, windy May brought out quality rather than quantity of St Nicks invertebrates; a record number of this elusive summer visitor; white is the predominant colour at St Nicks. Weather Generally cool and breezy, although a sunny Wildwatch on the 13th brought out seven […]

Posted 5 June 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Germander Speedwell, Harlequin Ladybird, Muscid Fly, Oak Flowers, Orange Tip Butterfly, peacock butterfly, Soldier Beetle, Water Aven, water vole

Wildwatch: October 2013 Sightings

Throughout the month, construction work on the Cycle Track prevented us from monitoring wildlife from the Kingfisher Culvert up to the Sluice Bridge Weather: After a very wet start on 2nd, when six soggy observers only managed an hour in the field, conditions improved and ended with a lovely sunny day on 30th. However, heavy […]

Posted 5 November 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Candle-snuff fungus, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Harlequin Ladybird, Hollyhock, Nursery Web Spider, rare spider, Shieldbugs, Smooth Newt, Tit feeding flocks

Wildwatch: 14 August 2013 – Breeding confirmation.. and a mystery footprint!

Weather: 15C to 21C A cool start to the day, but it warmed up later. Sunny intervals, light SW breeze Observers: Amanda, Doug, Hanna, Ian, Janetta, Kaj, Kaye, Linda, Mike, Paul, Preeus, Tracy Wow! What a huge turn-out this morning! There were twelve of us setting out from the Environment Centre – and it was […]

Posted 15 August 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: greenbottle, Harlequin Ladybird, harvestman, juvenile bullfinch, painted lady

Wildwatch: 19 June 2013 – a Lazy Plant, a Poisonous Moth – and a Soggy Sparrow!

Weather: Some cloud, some sunshine, a warm 19C – 23C Observers: Cliff, Kaj, Ian, Linda, Tim, Tracey With Kaye tied up with St Nicks admin duties, we were heavily reliant on Cliff for some botany expertise, as well as his excellent spotting and photography of insects. Kaye did manage a trip round the reserve on […]

Posted 20 June 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Chiffchaff, Cinnabar Moth, Common Froghopper, Corncockle, Goat's Beard, Great spotted woodpecker, Harlequin Ladybird, Soldier Beetle, Speckled Wood butterfly

Wildwatch: 19 September 2012 – A Blitz On Blackbirds!

Weather: Sunny intervals, cool when not in sun Observers: Hannah, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Linda, Tom This week, our group carried out the first of a series of monthly surveys for the “Winter Thrush” survey, organised by the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology). We followed a route previously set by Ian, which took us along the […]

Posted 19 September 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackbird, Harlequin Ladybird, hawthorn shield bug, Ladybird, winter thrush survey

Wildwatch: 4 July 2012 – It’s looking so green now!

Weather: Overcast but mild. No rain! Observers: Ian, Kaye, Linda, Margaret, Tom There’s been quite a bit of rain recently, and everything at St Nicks is looking refreshingly green. Bird song is getting quieter (normally happens in  July / August), but plants, grasses, flowers and trees are flourishing! We all did the Osbaldwick Beck circuit […]

Posted 5 July 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: buddlea, Harlequin Ladybird, Large Skipper, ringlet, sparrowhawk, Woodcock

Wildwatch: 20 June 2012 – Blooming and confusing

Weather: Hot and sunny! Observers: Hannah, Ian, Kaye, with guests.. another Hannah and Ian! Kaye took our two guests on a tour of the reserve, whilst Hannah and Ian went in search of breeding evidence in birds. The two groups met up from time to time, and, between us, we covered most of the reserve. […]

Posted 20 June 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Harlequin Ladybird, Large Skipper