St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Category: Inspiration

Champions of York’s Grasslands

What happened when St Nicks worked with volunteers to give our local green spaces some love and attention: a report on the Meadow Keepers project compiled by Natural Habitats Manager Jonathan Dent and Projects Assistant Esther Smith. Grasslands are all around us in York, but we can often walk past them without a second thought.  […]

Posted 28 August 2019 | Categories: Inspiration | Tags: grassland, meadow, Meadow Keepers, Poldark, pollinator, York

Strange times, normal times: climate change at St Nicks

Written by Wildwatch volunteer Sean Garvey in the summer 2019, as an update to our page on climate change at St Nicks This heatwave seems as good a time as any to consider climate change. Extreme weather events of all kinds are set to become more frequent as global warming affects us all. Here in […]

Posted 27 August 2019 | Categories: One Planet Living, Opinion Piece | Tags: ash, ash dieback, Bumblebees, butterflies, Chiffchaff, Cinnamon Bug, climate change, climate crisis, damselflies, global warming, green corridors, Grey Squirrel, hedgehog, magpie, mitigation, oak, phenology, Wildwatch, woodland, yew

Trustees – what, why and how?

You probably know that charities have “trustees” or a “board” but do you know why and what that actually entails? Could YOU or someone you know become St Nicks’ trustee? In this post we explain what the responsibilities and benefits are. If you’d like to know more, just get in touch. Trustees are a group […]

Posted 16 April 2019 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: awards, charity, governance, recruitment, St Nicks, trustees

Volunteer Insights: Jacob

For our final volunteer insight blog, I spoke to Jacob who has been volunteering since September 2017 as part of his studies. Currently at sixth form at Archbishop Holgates, Jacob volunteers to get experience away from the classroom. As a young student still in school education, I thought it would be great to see what […]

Posted 7 June 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: conservation, experience, nature, placement, planting, Scything, Skills, volunteering, wildlife, Wildwatch

Volunteer Insights: Kaye and Cliff

For the fourth installment of our volunteer insights, I spoke to Cliff and Kaye who, along with Ian, lead our Wildwatch sessions, to find out more about their volunteering experience. What is your role at St Nicks and what does that involve? Kaye: Currently three of them:  serving as a trustee; a founder member of the […]

Posted 6 June 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: bioblitz, insects, kingfisher, parent bug, retirement, trustee, volunteer, volunteer diary, volunteering, volunteers week, Water Rail, wildlife, Wildwatch

Volunteer Insights: Emma and Eleanor

Now on day three of our volunteer blogs, I caught up with Support Volunteers, Emma and Eleanor, who help to supervise the Student Action Volunteers of a Wednesday afternoon, to find out how they feel about volunteering at St Nicks. What is your role at St Nicks and what does that involve? Emma: I am a […]

Posted 5 June 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: nature, planting, seed sowing, students, university, volunteering, volunteers week, water vole, wetland meadow, wildflowers

Volunteer Insights: Freya

The second of our volunteer insights comes from Freya who has been volunteering for 2 years at St Nicks, helping with events and leading the Ecotherapy Bearing Fruit sessions. I caught up with Freya to see what appeals to her about volunteering at St Nicks. What is your role at St Nicks and what does […]

Posted 4 June 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: conservation, ecotherapy, health and wellbeing, identification, mental health, volunteer diary, volunteering, volunteers week, wildflowers

Volunteer Insights: Stewart and Eithne

It’s Volunteers’ Week again- a time to celebrate our volunteers and all of the incredible work that they do for us. As Volunteer Coordinator, I thought it would be a great idea to chat to some of our wonderful volunteers to find out what they get out of volunteering and why they keep coming back! […]

Posted 1 June 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: confidence, ecotherapy, family, greenspaces, health and wellbeing, retired, Skills, volunteer, volunteer diary, volunteer week, volunteering week, Wildwatch

Why Litter Pick?

Nature Reserve Manager Jonathan Dent tells us why we should care more about what happens to rubbish washing away down the river.  Have you ever noticed the litter that is piling up in your local river or stream? Perhaps not: the following week, it has often disappeared. It’s more than likely that, rather than being […]

Posted 30 May 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: boundaries, ecoactive, flooding, litter, litter pick, nature, north sea, plastic ocean, water table, wildlife, york becks

Biodegradable or Compostable: what’s the difference?

Biodegradable and compostable are words that are often used interchangeably but they really shouldn’t be. Biodegradable refers to any materials that break down in the environment – for example a plastic bag over time will disintegrate into smaller pieces but these can still be harmful to organisms and soils. Compostable items on the other hand […]

Posted 20 March 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Waste and recycling | Tags: biodegradable, break down, compost, decompose, green washing, home compost, plastics, time