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03 Mar

How to spring clean you mind – seasonal ecotherapy

Spring is just around the corner and often this is a time for spring cleaning. But this doesn’t just have to mean clearing out your clutter and sweeping away the cobwebs, it can be helpful to do some spring cleaning for your mind too. These are some tips for how you can feel a boost […]

25 Feb

Meet the Ecotherapy Team: Discover Nature tutor Phil Taylor

What is your role at St Nicks and what training, employment and interests led you to this role? I run the Discover Nature ecotherapy group at St Nicks. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been interested in wildlife (or Star Trek). Since university I have pursued a career in ecology as apparently Starship […]

19 Feb

Wildwatch: January highlights

Even though this January was the coldest the UK has seen in 10 years, our brilliant Wildwatch team were undeterred by the chilly conditions and still spent lots of time at St Nicks, observing and recording as much wildlife as they could find. Below are some of the team’s highlights for the month. Gorse shieldbugs […]

10 Feb

Winter tasks: Battling the bramble and planting prep

They have braved ice, wind, sleet, snow and even floods, but our small group of conservation volunteers have persevered regardless, helping to manage our nature reserve this winter, supporting wildlife and their community during a time greenspace has become more important than ever for wellbeing. Of course there have also been plenty of sunny and […]

03 Feb

Meet the Ecotherapy team: Words from the Wild tutor William Davidson

What is your role at St Nicks and what training, employment and interests led you to this role? I run Words From the Wild with Emma. We used to run Book Club and Creative Writing separately, but now they’re combined, which is great! While I was studying at the Centre for Writing at York St […]

27 Jan

 Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Sunshine and natural daylight   

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this months blog we’ll be looking at how important it is to get outside for natural daylight – even when that’s not always the most appealing at this time of year! In summer it’s easy […]

27 Jan

Please think twice before getting a wood stove

Watching flames dance over logs or other dry wood is incredibly mesmerising and relaxing, especially if you know that it travelled just a few hundred yards from a well-managed forest (or a scrapheap). The Environment Centre stove is certainly one of its most popular features, even though it’s inadequate (more on that later). Yet, we […]

21 Jan

Wildwatch: December highlights

Despite restrictions, our fantastic Wildwatch team have continued to collect wildlife data for us throughout the pandemic, whether out on their daily exercise or meeting up to do socially distant sessions (when allowed). This has been incredibly useful for us as it means we still have weekly records of the wide range of wildlife found […]

20 Jan

Back to basics blog 3: Single use plastics

There seems to be a lot of antagonism towards plastics, some of which is deserved but some plastics are very well engineered, versatile and are basically now life essentials. What we believe needs to be clearer is the detrimental impact our throwaway, single use lifestyles are having. When we say single use we are referring […]

19 Jan

Spotlight on… Bird song and calls

Most birds will sing to defend a territory and attract a mate. It might therefore seem a bit counterintuitive to learn birdsong in winter outside of the peak breeding season – and it is true that there are fewer birds singing at this time of year – but that makes their individual songs much easier […]