St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Category: Wildwatch

Heworth Holme BioBlitz results

In August this year, along with our friends at FrogLife, we carried out our second “bioblitz” of wetland meadow, Heworth Holme. St Nicks have been working on improving the habitat at Heworth Holme for nearly five years and together with our volunteers, we have transformed the site from a grassland overgrown with thick grasses and […]

Posted 1 October 2021 | Categories: Natural Habitats, Wildwatch | Tags: bioblitz, Heworth Holme

Wildwatch: March-May highlights

Spring was certainly a very exciting time for our Wildwatch team with lots of amazing new discoveries and the return of a few familiar friends. For some of our Wildwatch team, just getting back to St Nicks following lockdown was a highlight in itself (and a highlight for us too as our team are amazing […]

Posted 6 June 2021 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, butterflies, cardinal beetle, Chiffchaff, false oxlips, galls, leafhopper, Otter, redpoll, Stock Dove, Sycamore, Water Aven, Whitethroat, wildlife, Wildwatch, woodlice

Wildwatch: February highlights

February brought with it a hint of spring and our wonderful Wildwatch team were out to spot all the tell-tale signs. Week on week the changing season was a source of pleasure and delight as our team were able to observe the buds emerging on trees, cherry blossom out in its delicately dazzling display, shoots […]

Posted 16 March 2021 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Balkan threeband slug, Daffodil, false ladybird beetle, Goldfinch, redwing, Song Thrush, sparrowhawk, teasel, teasel marble moth, tree buds, Treecreeper

Wildwatch: January highlights

Even though this January was the coldest the UK has seen in 10 years, our brilliant Wildwatch team were undeterred by the chilly conditions and still spent lots of time at St Nicks, observing and recording as much wildlife as they could find. Below are some of the team’s highlights for the month. Gorse shieldbugs […]

Posted 19 February 2021 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: bryophyte, Bullfinch, elder, Gorse Shieldbug, hazel, Hazel Catkins, Hazel flowers, Hazelnut, kingfisher, moss, Otter, Siskin, Treecreeper

Wildwatch: December highlights

Despite restrictions, our fantastic Wildwatch team have continued to collect wildlife data for us throughout the pandemic, whether out on their daily exercise or meeting up to do socially distant sessions (when allowed). This has been incredibly useful for us as it means we still have weekly records of the wide range of wildlife found […]

Posted 21 January 2021 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: brambling, Chaffinch, cup fungi, Earth Star fungus, false ladybird beetle, fern smut caterpillar, Hogweed, kingfisher, least pigmy woodlouse, red kite, Siskin, Song Thrush, Wildwatch, winter

Adventures in the Becks

We have spent a lot of time in and around the becks this year. In a year when we’ve all had to keep our distance from one another, spending hours exploring Tang Hall and Osbaldwick Becks from the water, as well the overgrown banks, has been a thoroughly rewarding but responsible activity to keep us […]

Posted 18 November 2020 | Categories: Inspiration, Natural Habitats, Wildwatch

Wildwatch May 2020

The wildlife of St Nicks buzzed and bloomed in May as always, regardless of human troubles. The regular group of Wildwatch volunteers could not, of course, meet up as usual for their weekly walk around the reserve. But a few of us could enjoy St Nicks during our legally-sanctioned local walks. We recorded what wildlife […]

Posted 16 June 2020 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: 2020, alderfly, Batman hoverfly, be fly, bee, beetlre, Birds foot trefoil, blackcap, Blue Tit, Brassica Shieldbug, Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly, bug, Bumblebee, chalcid, Chiffchaff, Cinnamon Bug, Cocksfot moth, common frog, cow parsley, Cranesbill, damselfly, dragonfly, gall, Garden Warbler, great tit, green longhorn moth, Grey Squirrel, Hawthorn, Hoverfly, Ladybird, Large Red Damselfly, long-tailed tit, moth fly, newt, oak apple, Rabbit, Red Campion, robin, Shieldbug, Small Tortoiseshell butterfly, spring, Torymus, Wasp Beetle, Whitethroat, Wildwatch, willow warbler

Wildwatch April 2020

Wildlife at St Nicks has been flourishing this spring. Wildwatch volunteers would normally be meeting every week to record – and enjoy – this. Alas, this is impossible right now. However, several Wildwatchers have been able to visit individually and share their sightings with us all. And of course staff members continue to do essential […]

Posted 11 May 2020 | Categories: Spotlight on..., Wildwatch | Tags: apple, bee fly, Bird Cherry, blackbird, blackcap, Blackthorn, Brimstone, Bullfinch, Bumblebees, butterlies, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, comma butterfly, cowslip, cuckoo bee, fritillary, gall, Goldfinch, Gorse Shieldbug, Grey Squirrel, Hawthorn, Hoverfly, kingfisher, ladybirds, mussel, nature, newt, orange tip, Otter, owl pellet, peacock, plant galls, plastic, Rabbit, robin, snail, solitary bees, Song Thrush, sparrowhawk, Speckled Wood, spring, tawny owl, Treecreeper, Violet, volunteer, wildlife, Wildwatch, willow warbler, wren, York

Wildwatch March 2020

New life sprung forth this March at St Nicks – as always. Despite inevitable difficulties, the Wildwatch team was still able to enjoy some great wildlife sightings. Wildwatch groups met as usual on the Wednesday mornings of the 4th and 11th of March – seventeen of us on the latter date. (What a long time ago this […]

Posted 17 April 2020 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: bee fly, bees, blackbird, Blackthorn, Brimstone, Bullfinch, Bumblebees, butterflies, Centipede, Ceriporia, Chiffchaff, Chionodoxa, coltsfoot, comma butterfly, cowslip, flowers, fox, fritillary, fungi, goldcrest, Goldfinch, Gorse Shieldbug, Great spotted woodpecker, Hoverfly, long-tailed tit, march, millipede, newt, Otter, owls, Primrose, robin, slugs, snails, Song Thrush, sparrowhawk, spiders, spring, tawny owl, Treecreeper, volunteer, volunteering, water vole, wildlife, Wildwatch, woodlice, wren, York

Spotlight on… Tawny Mining Bee and Bee Fly

The Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) and the Bee Fly (Bombylius major) have a story to tell. The first is a solitary bee while the second is not a bee but a fly impersonating one. Both can be seen on the reserve at St Nicks from April to June. The Bee Fly tries to stay as […]

Posted 14 April 2020 | Categories: Spotlight on..., Wildwatch | Tags: Andrena, bee, beefly, Bombylius, fly, solitary bee, spotlight, spring, wildlife, Wildwatch, York