St Nicks

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Category: Wildwatch

Wildwatch summer 2018 (June-August)

Highlights An early winter visitor…20 new invertebrate species recorded…a great summer for hoverflies.   Weather Except for one warm sunny day in June, indifferent and cloudy (though dry) weather greeted most Wildwatch mornings until mid-July, after which Britain’s long hot summer dominated our Wednesday walks until the last two meetings of August which were duller. […]

Posted 29 October 2018 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Adonis Ladybird, Blood Bee, Brown Argus, Callicera aurata, Cinnamon Bug, click beetle, Devils Bit Scabious, Eupeodes latifasciatus, Furrow Bee, Goldfinch, Helophilus hybridus, Hornet Hoverfly, leaf beetle, mirid bug, moths, Rose galls, sawfly Arge ochropus, Siskin, Song Thrush, Speckled Wood, Tansy Beetle, wild carrot, Wildwatch

Spotlight on…Thistles

28 species in the Collins Flower Guide have the word “thistle” in their name. They are all members of the large and often confusing family of Asteraceae.[1] Sixteen of them are classed as true thistles, and at least ten of these are native species. For the purposes of this spotlight, we’re going to concentrate on […]

Posted 30 August 2018 | Categories: Spotlight on..., Wildwatch | Tags: Creeping Thistle, Spear Thistle, thistles, Welted Thistle, Wildwatch

Wildwatch Spring 2018 (March-May)

Highlights Greenfinches bounce back… eight new invertebrates…tiny member of the Rose family. Weather Wildwatch weather at St Nicks from the beginning of March to the end of May reflected the national picture, with both plant life and insect emergence held back by the cold late start of Spring. In March early frosts were followed by […]

Posted 8 August 2018 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Chiffchaff, redwing, Siskin, Water Rail, Wildwatch

Spotlight on… Common Carder Bumblebee

The Common Carder Bumblebee, Bombus pascuorum, is the most frequently seen Bumblebee on the reserve at St Nicks, though the Tree Bumblebee, Bombus hypnorum, is rapidly catching it up. Tree Bumblebees first arrived in the south of England in 2001 from continental Europe, and have since spread northwards, reaching Yorkshire in 2010 and Scotland three […]

Posted 27 July 2018 | Categories: Spotlight on..., Wildwatch | Tags: Bumblebees, Common Carder Bumblebee, insects, pollinators, Tree Bumblebee, wildlife, Wildwatch

Wildwatch Winter 2017/18 (Dec – Feb)

Highlights Rare mammal sighting.. visiting Winter geese and an early Summer visitor.. camouflage in the Environment Centre Pond.. and a tiny, tiny new plant! Weather A colder than usual three months (December to February) with many frosty mornings and, especially after Christmas, several snowy ones, meant that wildwatching at St Nicks was a rather chilly […]

Posted 12 April 2018 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Alder, blackcap, fox, Gorse Shieldbug, grey alder, Grey Wagtail, hazel, Ox-eye Daisy, pink-footed goose, Red Campion, redpoll, redwing, Rose Leafhopper, Tree Bumblebee, Tree Creeper

Wildwatch Autumn 2017 (Sep-Nov)

Highlights Golden swimmer in Tang Hall Beck, butterflies in November, a galling season and a big “charm”! Weather Autumn weather for Wildwatchers included two completely sunny calm mornings, but was otherwise mostly dull and cloudy with a few sunny spells. There was little or no rain on our walks, and windy days were rare. These […]

Posted 19 December 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, fieldfare, gold fish, pink-footed goose, red admiral, redwing, Rosemary Beetle, Sheetweb Spider, Shieldbug, Treecreeper

Wildwatch: August 2017

Highlights Plenty of galls.. Nine new insects for St Nicks.. Woodpeckers and Kingfishers brighten up the month. Weather One or two showers and the 23rd was a washout! A rather cool and damp August, but with a few sunny intervals on the 9th and 16th. Invertebrates With August Wildwatch Wednesdays often dull and chilly, insect […]

Posted 2 October 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: bugs, chick, galls, hoverflies, moorhen, moorhen chick

Wildwatch: July 2017

Highlights A mouse and a mouse-like bird.. best month ever for hoverflies.. we seek him here, we seek him there – but we didn’t find him! Weather Dry, 16C – 20C with some sun on the first three Wildwatch Wednesdays.. rain on the 26th. Birds Our summer visitors were recorded every Wednesday in July. At […]

Posted 30 August 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Chiffchaff, Earth Star fungus, Hoverfly, Long-tailed Mouse, Song Thrush, Whitethroat, wood mouse

Wildwatch: June 2017

Highlights More breeding bird evidence, including juvenile Blackcaps.. 10 butterfly and 18 hoverfly species.. meadow now carpeted with colourful flowers (and the flower that looks like a bee!) Weather Temperatures stayed below 20C on all the Wildwatch Wednesdays. Sunny intervals and light breezes for the first two Wednesdays. The final Wildwatch of June – the […]

Posted 13 July 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bee Orchid, blackcap, Common Gull, Dunnock, kingfisher, Marmalade Hoverfly, Parent Shield Bug, robin, Small Tortoiseshell butterfly, Speckled Wood butterfly, Straw Dot Moth, White Plume Moth, Yellow Longhorn Beetle

Wildwatch: May 2017

Highlights Record number of hoverflies (including 4 new to St Nicks); scarce summer bird visitor returns (and two stunning juvenile water birds); the magnificent big yellow “L”! Weather Temperatures ranged from 14C to 19C. Some sun (especially on the 3rd and 10th). We stayed dry! Birds On the 3rd, A Whitethroat sang all morning near […]

Posted 13 June 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Germander Speedwell, Green Carpet Moth, Juvenile Robin, kingfisher, ladybirds, Magpie Moth, Ragged Robin, robin, Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Whitethroat