St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

04 Jan

Back above water

When we were closing the Environment Centre on 18th December for a festive fortnight off, we had no idea how dramatic it would be. When the flood hit York, our valiant recycling team kept going for as long as possible and their picture made it on the pages of national newspapers such as the Guardian. […]

18 Dec

Seasonal Centre closure

The Centre will be closed Saturday 19th December – Sunday 3rd January 2016. We will re-open as usual on Monday 4th January. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. The recycling team is working as normal for much of the Christmas period – please see this page for changes and give the team a wave […]

27 Nov

New species for St Nicks

This week we conducted a low density trapping transect survey for small mammals on the nature reserve using longworth traps. We made sure the traps had plenty of dry hay as bedding, and bluefly pupee, grain and apple for food and water. The 25 traps were set in 4 different habitats late at night to make […]

27 Nov

Tour(ism) on St Nicks

Last week we were delighted to welcome a group of students from the School of Events, Tourism & Hospitality at Leeds Beckett university. They are looking at eco-friendly tourism and were interested in how we balance managing St Nicks for wildlife as well as visitors. The group’s lecturer, Dr Janet Cochrane, who organised the trip has […]

23 Nov

The sound of success

“Good selection of music and well-chosen musicians. Delightful!” This is just some of the great feedback we had for last Friday’s Music for St Nicks. It was a highly enjoyable evening for more than 70 listeners who were treated to a wide range of music played by brilliant local musicians. A big thank you goes […]

03 Nov

Thanks to local businesses

We are very grateful for all the support we get from the local business community. This time we’d like to highlight the Good Food Shop which makes donations several times per year, the most recent being £30. Non-monetary donations are just as welcome! Freshways shop on Hull Road donated samosas for the Autumn Fayre while […]

02 Nov

Call to (demand) action on climate

Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing humanity today and scientists are no longer arguing about whether it’s happening but how fast and how bad it is. Sadly, politicians are slow to act on the science and we will see how successful the climate negotiations in Paris (COP21) will be in setting global […]

02 Nov

Welcome new Park Rangers!

Winter is rolling in once again and with it comes the arrival of two new park ranger interns. For the next six months, Dara Bajalan and Gavin Morris will help the nature reserve manager to plan work on St Nicks Nature Reserve and supervise our brilliant practical conservation volunteers in carrying it out. As part […]

23 Oct

Message from Zero Carbon Yorkshire

All eyes will be on Paris in December as world leaders attempt to formulate a global agreement on climate change. The French hosts of the climate summit and the UNFCCC have called on people to mobilise and demand action. As Lauren Fabius, the COP21 president has said: “We are the first generation to really become […]

21 Oct

Sweet success

This year’s Autumn Fayre raised almost £700 for St Nicks charity and over £150 came from the Bake Off: Apple vs. Other Local Fruit. The 39 judges recruited from visitors had a tough, if sweet, job deciding on which of the 12 entries to declare the best. In the end there were two joint overall […]