St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Category: Inspiration

What could BREXIT mean for recycling and waste management?

If by now you haven’t heard the news the referendum results are in. The leave campaign has been successful and negotiations are now being carried out to make our exit from the European Union a reality. The vote was a close one, only 1.9% separated leave and remain so whilst the country may not be […]

Posted 1 July 2016 | Categories: Opinion Piece, Waste and recycling | Tags: brexit, change, City of York Council, EU, recycling, referendum, service, waste

What’s the link between Paris and York? People & climate

This post was written by Ivana Jakubkova and expresses her personal opinions. You can find more pictures from Paris on Ivana’s Flickr. I was amongst a group of people from York who went to Paris last December to attend the People’s Climate Summit and other events running alongside the global Conference Of the Parties (COP21) […]

Posted 22 January 2016 | Categories: Inspiration

Urgent call to support renewables

As early adopters of renewable energy we are alarmed by the recent government proposals to cut subsidies to the sector by drastically reducing Feed in Tariffs and through other counterproductive measures. It was recently revealed just how much we all effectively subsidise fossil fuels, which have harmful effects on both human health and climate, through […]

Posted 25 September 2015 | Categories: Inspiration

Family summer fun

A guest blog by Kate Ravilious  Are you running out of entertainment ideas for the last week of summer holidays? Fear not: St Nicks nature reserve is ready to come to your rescue. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon during the summer holidays the lovely staff at St Nicks have been running their WORM (Wild […]

Posted 26 August 2015 | Categories: Inspiration

The Paperless Society – An Ecological Bargain?

St Nicks volunteer Aiden Heeley-Hill expands on his previous blog post to explore the implications of a paperless society and whether this shift really will reduce carbon emissions. In my last blog post, I outlined the benefits of switching from paper memos to digital emails as the best way of non-verbally communicating with colleagues. This […]

Posted 9 April 2015 | Categories: Inspiration

Top 8 tips for a more sustainable office life

Our Park Ranger Intern Aiden Heeley-Hill shares his tips for a more sustainable office. With the beginning of every year come questions about life improvement and New Year’s Resolutions. How many of us have vowed to get fitter, stop smoking or go on that voyage of a lifetime? Perhaps it’s time to consider not just […]

Posted 29 January 2015 | Categories: Inspiration

10 reasons for switching to LED lighting

There are many good reasons why the inventors of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs) were awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for physics. Since the invention in 1990s, blue LEDs have allowed the development or improvement of many everyday items such as smartphone and TV screens. Even more importantly, it’s been calculated that switching to LEDs […]

Posted 17 November 2014 | Categories: Inspiration

5 fantastic facts about butterflies

This week we’re celebrating all things butterfly by listing 5 facts you might not have known about this majestic metamorphic insect. We hope these facts will inspire you to take part in the Big Butterfly Count – a survey you can do in your own garden or local green space to help Butterfly Conservation keep […]

Posted 5 August 2014 | Categories: Inspiration | Tags: Buddleia, butterfly, Comma, Common Blue, insect, ringlet, small skipper, small tortoiseshell

Feed the bees that feed us

According to Buglife, one out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on insect pollination. It is estimated that 84% of EU crops (valued at £12.6 billion per year) and 80% of wildflowers rely on it. Without this invaluable service we wouldn’t be able to enjoy a lot of the great food we now […]

Posted 28 May 2014 | Categories: Inspiration | Tags: buglife, pollinators, river of flowers, wildflowers, wildlife gardening

Some ‘rubbish’ inspiration 1

As you may know, rubbish is close to St Nicks’ heart, and feet – what with the site having been a rubbish tip in the past, and the charity currently running a kerbside recycling scheme which uses pedal-powered tricycles. We often get asked what to do with certain types of waste and often wonder for […]

Posted 25 February 2014 | Categories: Inspiration