St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Archive for November 2019

Love Letter to Heworth Holme

By St Nicks Volunteer, Tessa McClary   Look under a leaf, and you’ll spot a bright red ladybug. Dig under the carpet of grass, and you’ll see a worm inching its way through the mud. Watch the puddle next to the bund, until a golden frog lopes his way down to the water. If you […]

Posted 22 November 2019 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: nature, Scything, volunteering, wildlife

Wildwatch summer (June – August 2019)

Written by St Nicks Wildwatch members who meet every Wednesday to record wildlife in the nature reserve. All photos were taken at St Nicks by volunteers, including Lewis Outing, during the given period.   Highlights Painted Ladies star in abundant butterfly summer while Shieldbugs and Hoverflies are everywhere. Warblers stay to sing all summer and […]

Posted 13 November 2019 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bee Orchid, bees, Beetles, Burnet Moths, Buzzards, Chaser, climate change, cranesbills, Damsels, Darter, dog rose, Gatekeeper, Hawkers, Hornet Hoverfly, hoverflies, Jay, Knapweed, Meadow flowers, painted lady, Parakeet, pollinators, ringlet, Shieldbugs, Skippers, Swifts, teasel, Warblers, Wetland flowers, Woodland flowers, Yellow Iris

Crayfish on the Foss

Written by St Nicks’ Natural Habitats Manager Jonathan Dent. This autumn, thanks to funding from the Postcode Local Trust, we have been privileged to assist wetland ecologist Martin Hammond to survey the upper reaches of the River Foss to determine to state of native white-clawed crayfish populations. White-clawed crayfish are the UK’s only native freshwater […]

Posted 11 November 2019 | Categories: Spotlight on..., Wildwatch | Tags: crayfish, Dales to Vales Rivers Network, Foss, river survey, white-clawed crayfish, York, Yorkshire