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Wildwatch: March 2017

Highlights The flowers that bloom in the spring (tra-la!).. the year’s first butterflies appear, and the Harlequinade begins.. mewing in the air and creeping in the garden! Weather Temperatures started to creep up during the month, starting with a cool 4C on the 1st and reaching 11C later on subsequent Wildwatch Wednesdays. There were some […]

Posted 13 April 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Brimstone butterfly, Bumblebees, Chiffchaff, comma butterfly, common buzzard, fox, Fritilliary, goldcrest, kingfisher, ladybirds, Siskin, Snowdrop, sparrowhawk, Treecreeper, Water Rail, white dead nettle

Wildwatch: February 2017

Highlights Winter birds still with us, but signs of Spring.. First hoverfly of the year enjoys the snowdrops, while beetle is one-in-a-thousand Weather Cool (4 – 9C) but with some sunny intervals. The Wildwatch team stayed dry! Birds Winter visitors are, not surprisingly, still with us! Two Redwings flew over on the 8th and there […]

Posted 23 March 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, catkins, coltsfoot, goldcrest, Great spotted woodpecker, kingfisher, Otter, redwing, Rove Beetle, Water Rail

Wildwatch: December 2016 Sightings

Highlights Over-wintering summer visitor? .. skulking rail still present.. blank on Shieldbugs..return of Water Vole.. Lemon Disco! Weather Not surprisingly, temperatures fell throughout the month. 12C was recorded on 7th December, falling to 2C on the 28th, the latter day being bright, sunny and “nithering”! Birds The long-staying Water Rail was seen on all four […]

Posted 14 January 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, fungi, gorse, Gorse Shieldbug, kingfisher, millipede, Water Rail

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 […]

Posted 26 August 2016 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: kingfisher

Wildwatch: September 2015 Sightings

Highlights Shieldbugs shine while hoverflies put on an autumn show… summer lingers on in the bird world… and autumn turns fruitful Weather Once again, we were blessed with rain-free Wildwatch Wednesdays! We had sun or sunny intervals on most days and temperatures stayed in the mid teens. Invertebrates Butterflies were scarce during September with the […]

Posted 8 October 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Birch Shield Bug, blackcap, Chiffchaff, comma butterfly, Common Cross Spider, Devils Bit Scabious, False Blister Bug, Great spotted woodpecker, kingfisher, red admiral, Rosy Rustic Moth, Spiked Pea Gall, Tree Damsel Bug

Wildwatch: July 2015 Sightings

Highlights More breeding bird evidence, and a bad hair day for a scarce bird by Tang Hall Beck.. Warmer July weather brings out more butterflies and dragonflies, plus two more new hoverflies for the reserve.. “Butterfly bush” now in full bloom, and there’s Bindweed everywhere! Weather July started off hot and sunny, with temperatures reaching […]

Posted 5 August 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, breeding, Bullfinch, Corn Marigold, Gatekeeper butterfly, goldcrest, Goldfinch, Hoverfly, juvenile birds, kingfisher, Knapweed, Large Skipper, Ringlet butterfly, Shieldbugs, six-spot burnet, Soapwort, Song Thrush, water vole, Yellow Rattle

Wildwatch: June 2015

Highlights A summer visitor, virtually missing for the past two years, returns.. a spectacular flower display along the Tang Hall Beck path (see below).. Butterfly numbers low, but a spectacular hoverfly brightens a dull month.. more breeding evidence of a nationally endangered species Weather Generally a cool month, with temperatures ranging from 12 – 16C […]

Posted 14 July 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, common whitethroat, dame's violet, dog rose, Green-veined White butterfly, Hairy Shield Bug, Holly Blue butterfly, kingfisher, laburnum, Large Skipper Butterfly, Malachite Beetle, Mugwort Gall Fly, Ribwort Plantain, Wasp Beetle, white campion

Wildwatch: March 2015 Sightings

Highlights First summer bird visitor returns.. insects slow to awake in cold month but first hoverflies of the year seen, then a butterfly.. trees in flower! Weather Temperatures stayed around 7C on all four Wildwatch Wednesdays, but managed to creep up to 10C later on the 25th. Most days were sunny, or had sunny intervals, and […]

Posted 9 April 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Blackthorn, Blue Tit, Chiffchaff, comma butterfly, Gorse Shieldbug, harvestman, kingfisher, Lungwort, millipede, Primrose, Violet, Water Rail, wren

Wildwatch: December 2014 Sightings

Highlights: A skulking bird was a first for the reserve.. unexpected winter insect sightings, while a world of other creatures are found hiding under logs and stones.. and 15 species of flower still out! Weather: Temperatures ranged from 1C at the beginning and end of the month up to 12C on the 17th. All the Wildwatch […]

Posted 6 January 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Coal Tit, goldcrest, Gorse Shieldbug, kingfisher, Water Rail, water vole

Wildwatch: November 2014 Sightings

Highlights: Prolific fungi, fox & cubs (!), scarce visitor to the Environment Centre plus a new pair of birds, and lots of little creatures skulking under logs and stones. Weather: Temperatures ranged from a minimum of 7C to a max of 11C. Mainly cloudy on Wildwatch Wednesdays, but a sunny day on the 5th and rain […]

Posted 4 December 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Centipede, Great spotted woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, Jelly-ear Fungus, kingfisher, Mallard, millipede, Netted Slug, Noon Fly, Siskin, water vole