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Category: Derwenthorpe Wildwatch

Derwenthorpe Wildwatch: October 2017

We saw a slight drop in temperature as autumn took hold in October and though there were a few less invertebrates to be seen, we had some great afternoons for bird spotting and there was still plenty of flora to be seen around Derwenthorpe. Birds We saw a lot of the regular bird species each […]

Posted 4 December 2017 | Categories: Derwenthorpe Wildwatch | Tags: 22-spot ladybird, Apion frumentarium, Blue Tit, chickweed, common carder bee, feverfew, flat back millipede, forget-me-nots, great tit, House Sparrow, Jelly Ear, meadow plant bug, pleated inkcap mushroom, rough woodlice, scarlet pimpernel, shiny woodlice, Swallow, swan, Turkey Tail, wasps

Derwenthorpe Wildwatch: August & September 2017

August was a fairly warm month with temperatures varying between 16 and 21 degrees Celsius. Generally the afternoons were rather overcast but on the 16th we had a particular warm and sunny afternoon. September was slightly cooler, the temperature stayed around 15 degrees each week and like August the afternoons were overcast for the most […]

Posted 31 October 2017 | Categories: Derwenthorpe Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, collard dove, common darter, common lizards, common newt, compact rush, Cream Spot Ladybird, Digger wasp, feverfew, figwort sawfly, great tit, Green Shieldbug, House Martin, Kestrel, kingfisher, large white, longhorn beetle, Marmalade Hoverfly, Parent Shield Bug, pied wagtail, pond dipping, purple loosestrife, red admiral, scarlet pimpernel, Swallow, Swift, water mint, Woundwort Shieldbug, Yarrow

Derwenthorpe Wildwatch: July 2017

Wednesday afternoons throughout July were generally overcast yet it was still very warm with temperatures around 20 degrees most weeks, though the 26th was slightly cooler at 17 degrees. Still, we had a very successful month and came across lots of exciting species. Birds Around the pond this month, we were not disappointed by our […]

Posted 29 August 2017 | Categories: Derwenthorpe Wildwatch | Tags: Birds foot trefoil, Black-headed Gull, Blue Tit, Chiffchaff, Comma, common darter, dog rose, emperor dragonfly, Grasshopper, great tit, Hedge Woundwort, House Sparrow, Knapweed, lords and ladies, Marmalade Hoverfly, nipplewort, Parent Shield Bug, pied wagtail, Speckled Wood, tree sparrow, Whitethroat

Derwenthorpe Wildwatch: May & June 2017

May brought us varying temperatures from 12 degrees on a particularly wet afternoon to 23 degrees on a particularly sunny afternoon. Still, there was plenty to see around the site throughout the month with some old, familiar species being spotted along with some new arrivals as well. June was a slightly warmer month with temperatures […]

Posted 31 July 2017 | Categories: Derwenthorpe Wildwatch | Tags: Canada Geese, Coot, Flag iris. Brooklime, House Martin, Marmalade Hoverfly, parent bug, Small Tortoiseshell butterfly, Spotted crane fly, Tree Bumblebee

Derwenthorpe Wildwatch: April 2017

Our Volunteer Coordinator Maria summaries April at Derwenthorpe as well as explaining just what was involved in the Hedgehog day at St Nicks, how you can help the hedgehogs and what we hope to see in May… We had an interesting month at Derwenthorpe, changing the usual format of the sessions for a couple of […]

Posted 19 May 2017 | Categories: Derwenthorpe Wildwatch | Tags: bees, birds, counting, Derwenthorpe, environment, fauna, flora, invertebrates, Mallard, nature, plants, pond dipping, project, sightings, sparrow, survey, wildlife, York

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