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Category: Spotlight on...

April 2013: Spotlight on… Chiffchaff

  Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita Chiffchaffs are a “summer visitor”, coming only to Britain in the Spring to breed and departing in the early Autumn – although a few tough it out and stay the winter here. They are a small bird – about the size of a Blue Tit – and, in appearance, they are […]

Posted 5 April 2013 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: Chiffchaff, spotlight

March 2013: Spotlight on…Hazel

Hazel – Corylus Avellana Hazel is a native species closely related to Birch, Alder and Hornbeam. It can grow into a small tree, but is more often found pruned or coppiced into a bush. At this time of year, it is easy to identify by its male flowers, the “lambs’ tails” catkins which start to […]

Posted 4 March 2013 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: catkins, hazel

February 2013: Spotlight on.. Water Vole

  Water Vole Arvicola terrestris Water Voles are, unfortunately, one of the most endangered species of British mammals and have special protection under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, with the protection extended in April 2008. Here at St Nicks, therefore, we have a serious responsibility to try to protect the few Water Voles which […]

Posted 1 February 2013 | Categories: Spotlight on...

January 2013: Spotlight on.. Siskin

  Siskin Carduelis spinus Siskins are endearing, acrobatic little finches, which are found throughout the UK. They breed in coniferous and mixed forest, with a preference for Spruce. In North Yorkshire, in the breeding season, they favour woodlands in the North York Moors and the Howardian Hills, but in the winter, they come down to […]

Posted 5 January 2013 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: Alder, Siskin, winter visitor