St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Category: Volunteers' diary

From one wildflower to whole meadows

Imagine acres of fields, over-flowing with wildflowers of every colour imaginable, the likes of yellow rattle, bird’s foot trefoil and even the occasional bee orchid bobbing gently on the wind which carries the sound of hundreds of buzzing insects and birdsong. I’m Eithne Phillips and I’m the project intern for St Nicks Scything for Grassland […]

Posted 23 October 2017 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: John Lally, Meadow Keepers, Scything, volunteer, wildflowers

Guest post: Down in the meadow

On Friday 16th June we launched our Scything for Grassland Management Project, Tim attended and wrote up this brilliant blog (originally posted here) that summarises the project and the day really well. The Grasslands Management Project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. A bit about Tim: I work in ecology and biodiversity in North […]

Posted 28 June 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: buglife, Colour, conservation, Grasslands, Grasslands management, guest blog, Heritage, heritage skills, Invertebrate, Joy, Learning, management, nature, Nature Reserve, pollinators, Scything, Skills, Urban Nature Reserve, wildflowers, wildlife

Volunteer Insights: Theo

Carrying on with our volunteer interviews, Volunteer Co-ordinator Maria Gill has caught up with one of St Nicks wonderful placement students to find out more about why he chose St Nicks for his placement and what keeps him coming back. Keep an eye out for more volunteer insights over the next few weeks! One of […]

Posted 15 June 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: awesome, conservation, diversity, enjoy, friends, fun, laugh, social, St Nicks, volunteer, volunteer week, volunteering

Volunteer Insights: Joe and Robert

It’s Volunteer Week! In honour of our fantastic volunteers Maria Gill our wonderful Volunteer Coordinator has put together a few blogs. Keep an eye out over the next few weeks to find out what volunteering at St Nicks is really like and what they get up to. Now the Volunteer Coordinator, I started my St […]

Posted 1 June 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: awesome, conservation, diversity, enjoy, friends, fun, laugh, social, St Nicks, volunteer, volunteer week, volunteering

Woodland improvements over the winter months

In this new feature, our nature reserve manager Jonathan tells all about the next few months of work on the St Nicholas Fields nature reserve. As winter draws in and vegetation dies back, the main focus of the management of our nature reserve will change to our woodlands. Our young woodland areas are maturing well, […]

Posted 14 November 2013 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Nicole: Working on the Booklet

On Monday, I edited the short pieces I wrote for the booklet and talked over what I have left to do with the book in the time I have left here in York. After lunch, the Bearing Fruit project went out to turn compost. Trees need to be planted soon, but some compost had to […]

Posted 26 November 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Nicole: Starting a New project

On Monday, I started my first interview for a new booklet to be coming out soon. It’s going to be about St. Nick’s through the seasons and the people that are involved. I sorted some papers and in the afternoon, went out with the only two Bearing Fruit volunteers that showed up because of the […]

Posted 19 November 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Nicole: Planting for Spring

Last week, Bearing Fruit went out to plant wildflower bulbs, garlic, and seed packets near the south entrance to the reserve and in a few planters close to the centre.  Also, a bunch of tree saplings of Rowan, Hawthorne, Birch, Cherry, and others arrived that day from the Forest Trust. They needed to be temporarily […]

Posted 12 November 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Nicole: Birds, Hedgeposts, and Wildflower bulbs

I recently was able to go to a series of workshops hosted by York CVS, a local group that helps people find what kind of volunteering projects they’d like to get involved with. We learned hints on how to make our events better known and how to use social media more effectively. Last Tuesday was […]

Posted 7 November 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary

Transplanting Hazels and Looking for Thrushes

The Bearing Fruit group went out to transplant young Hazel trees that were growing up close together by the recycling site. If left alone, they would grow over the trail, blocking it. There were two sites in the reserve that had just enough room for some hazels to grow, one that was partially burned. The […]

Posted 29 October 2012 | Categories: Volunteers' diary