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Archive for June 2017

Guest post: Down in the meadow

On Friday 16th June we launched our Scything for Grassland Management Project, Tim attended and wrote up this brilliant blog (originally posted here) that summarises the project and the day really well. The Grasslands Management Project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. A bit about Tim: I work in ecology and biodiversity in North […]

Posted 28 June 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: buglife, Colour, conservation, Grasslands, Grasslands management, guest blog, Heritage, heritage skills, Invertebrate, Joy, Learning, management, nature, Nature Reserve, pollinators, Scything, Skills, Urban Nature Reserve, wildflowers, wildlife

Spotlight on.. Painted Lady butterfly

The story of the Painted Lady Butterfly Vanessa cardui is full of surprises, and some facts about its life have only recently been discovered. We don’t see them every year on the reserve at St Nicholas Fields, but when they do appear, as they did in 2013, 2015 and 2016, they charm us with their […]

Posted 23 June 2017 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: painted lady, Painted Lady butterfly

Zero Plastic Challenge results & tips

As part of our work towards Zero Waste, four of St Nicks staff undertook a Zero Plastic Fantastic Challenge over the 2 months of April and May 2017. You can read up on the rules and what motivated us to avoid single use plastic and use as little non-recyclable plastic as possible over the time […]

Posted 23 June 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Waste and recycling | Tags: challenge, plastic, results, zero waste

Volunteer Insights: Theo

Carrying on with our volunteer interviews, Volunteer Co-ordinator Maria Gill has caught up with one of St Nicks wonderful placement students to find out more about why he chose St Nicks for his placement and what keeps him coming back. Keep an eye out for more volunteer insights over the next few weeks! One of […]

Posted 15 June 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: awesome, conservation, diversity, enjoy, friends, fun, laugh, social, St Nicks, volunteer, volunteer week, volunteering

Wildwatch: May 2017

Highlights Record number of hoverflies (including 4 new to St Nicks); scarce summer bird visitor returns (and two stunning juvenile water birds); the magnificent big yellow “L”! Weather Temperatures ranged from 14C to 19C. Some sun (especially on the 3rd and 10th). We stayed dry! Birds On the 3rd, A Whitethroat sang all morning near […]

Posted 13 June 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Germander Speedwell, Green Carpet Moth, Juvenile Robin, kingfisher, ladybirds, Magpie Moth, Ragged Robin, robin, Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Whitethroat

Volunteer Insights: Joe and Robert

It’s Volunteer Week! In honour of our fantastic volunteers Maria Gill our wonderful Volunteer Coordinator has put together a few blogs. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks to find out what volunteering at St Nicks is really like and what they get up to. Now the Volunteer Coordinator, I started my St […]

Posted 1 June 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: awesome, conservation, diversity, enjoy, friends, fun, laugh, social, St Nicks, volunteer, volunteer week, volunteering