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Tag: Wildwatch

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: 16 November – “Aggressive, carnivorous predator” at St Nicks!

  Weather: Overcast, dull, no wind, cool. Observers: Ian, Kaye, Kaj, Kirsty, Linda, Janetta, Phil Yes, a typical November day! But, with a good number of observers today, we found a wide range of bird and flower species, as well as the “aggressive, carnivorous predator”, more of which later! The autumn colours are fading now, and many […]

Posted 16 November 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Devil's Coach Horse beetle, redwing, Wildwatch, Woodcock

Wildwatch: 12 November – Scandinavian visitors on Bird Walk

Well, no, not exactly Scandinavian visitors on today’s guided Bird Walk, but more seen on our Bird Walk! Read on.. Our guided Bird Walk today was led by local ornithologist, David Campbell, but due to the high turn-out (14 people), Ian was press-ganged as the deputy leader! We started off looking at the different birds coming to […]

Posted 12 November 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: bird walk, Bullfinch, cormorant, scandinavian blackbirds, Wildwatch

Wildwatch: 12th October – A late Chiffchaff

Weather: Light, continuous rain; no wind. Observers: Kaye, Ian Water levels in both Tang Hall and Osbaldwick Becks were very high due to the overnight (and morning!) rain. Annual plants along Osbaldwick Beck are dying back noticeably.  There are still some berries on early fruiting shrubs – elder, bramble, blackthorn.  And there’s abundant rose hips, haws,  […]

Posted 13 October 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, Wildwatch

Wildwatch: 5th October – First winter tit flock

Weather: Overcast; fresh, warm SW wind. Observers: Matt, Ian Birds: About 5 Robins were heard around the reserve, suggesting that we can soon start to carry out our plan to map Robin territories. We spent about 45 minutes at the “Kingfisher Culvert” on Tang Hall Beck, where Matt saw his first ever Kingfisher! It was the usual […]

Posted 5 October 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, kingfisher, Wildwatch

Wildwatch on 10th August

Weather:  cool, breezy, overcast with frequent showers. In about an hour’s walk along the top of the meadow, through the thicket  to the culvert, and along the top path back to the centre, we saw very few birds and absolutely nothing else animate except a grey squirrel. A juvenile bullfinch with an adult female was […]

Posted 11 August 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Wildwatch