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Tag: water vole

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 […]

Posted 11 February 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: floods, goldcrest, Gorse Shieldbug, Great spotted woodpecker, Hazel Catkins, lesser redpoll, Siskin, Smooth Newt, Song Thrush, water vole, Wood Louse

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: 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: April 2015

Highlights: First sighting of this bird since 2013.. regular sightings of this endangered mammal.. babies rescued from the pond..Met Office says sunniest April since records began, but insect life slow to appear on cold and not-so-sunny Wednesdays at St Nicks. Weather: Variable conditions throughout the month, but with temperatures slowly rising from 7C on the […]

Posted 7 May 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: beefly, blackcap, Hoverfly, water vole

Wildwatch: February 2015 Sightings

Highlights Snowdrops everywhere.. Water skulker and Tree “mouse” return.. a February shieldbug first, and a semaphoring fly! Weather Snow showers greeted us on the 4th, with a chilly 1C. But during the month, temperatures slowly rose and we had bright days on the 18th and 25th. Birds Last month’s statement that the December Water Rail […]

Posted 9 March 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Alder, aspen, brown rat, coltsfoot, Ensign Fly, Gorse Shieldbug, Great spotted woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, hazel, lesser celandine, millipede, Pygmy Woodlouse, Rabbit, redwing, Seven-spot Ladybird, Smooth Newt, Snowdrop, Song Thrush, sparrowhawk, Tree Creeper, Water Rail, water vole

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

Wildwatch: July 2014 Sightings

Highlights A plant re-discovered after a 3 year absence.. a “protective” hoverfly, new for St Nicks.. a bird up a tree (you don’t often find this water bird up a tree!).. more sightings of a endangered mammal. Weather A generally dry, warm month, with temperatures reaching 23C by the middle of the month. Plants The weekly […]

Posted 4 August 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Blue Sow Thistle, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Comb-footed Spider, Common Blue, Common Field Grasshopper, Gatekeeper, Hazelnut, Holly Blue, kingfisher, Lesser Diving Beetle, Mugwort Gall Fly, parent bug, Soapwort, water vole, Yellow Rattle

Wildwatch: May 2014 Sightings

Highlights Evidence of Water Voles breeding.. Sightings of Garden Warbler and Whitethroat.. Nine species of butterflies seen in the month.. First damselflies of the year seen. Weather Dry for the first three Wildwatch Wednesdays, with some sunshine, and temperatures rising to 23C on the 14th. The final Wednesday was very wet, which depressed sightings of birds and […]

Posted 7 June 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Brimstone butterfly, cardinal beetle, common newt, Large Red Damselfly, long-tailed tit, parent bug, Picture-winged Fly, Pocket Plum, red admiral, Ribwort Plantain, Salad Burnet, water vole, Whitethroat

Wildwatch: 26 June 2013 – Bugs, birds, butterflies.. where do we start?

Weather: Sunny intervals, light breeze, warm in the sunshine – 15C to 19C Observers: Amanda, Carrie, Declan, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Paul, Rosemary, Tim, Tracy A good turn-out of ten people today, with four new people joining in the group walk. We split into two parties, with Kaye and Janetta taking Amanda, Paul and Tracy on […]

Posted 28 June 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bumblebee, Speckled Wood, water vole, Whitethroat