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Category: Wildwatch

Wildwatch: June 2016

Highlights All-day chorus, bright meadows  and the return of a damned elusive plant. Where have all the butterflies gone?  Hoverflies and bugs make up for them! Birds There was plenty of birdsong at St Nicholas Fields in June in spite of dull or damp weather on most of the five Wildwatch Wednesdays in the month. […]

Posted 12 July 2016 | Categories: Uncategorized, Wildwatch

Wildwatch: May 2016 Sightings

Highlights Cool damp weather suppresses butterflies, and other insects.. birds defending their breeding territories.. trees & bushes reach their flowering peak. Weather Temperatures remained low throughout most of the month.. around 10 – 12 C, although a mainly sunny day on the 4th saw the thermometer climbing to 18C. We had intermittent rain on the […]

Posted 7 June 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Cuckoo Flower, Fourteen-spot Ladybird, green alkanet, Green Shieldbug, Herald Moth, Swallow, Swift, Water Aven, Whitethroat, Wood Ave

Wildwatch: April 2016 Sightings

Highlights Woodpecker sightings increase.. chilly month keeps insect numbers down – where are all the butterflies?.. a strange season for herbaceous plants.   Weather Temperatures on Wildwatch Wednesdays remained consistently below 10C, although it was sunny on the 13th and 20th. Birds Great Spotted Woodpeckers, usually an occasional visitor to St Nicks, were seen on […]

Posted 9 May 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Ash flowers, blackcap, Brimstone, Chiffchaff, goldcrest, green alkanet, Herb Robert, orange tip, Pied Shield Bug, Red-tailed Bumble Bee, Shining Cranesbill, Slall Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, willow warbler, wren

March 2016 Sightings

Highlights:  new arrival,  emerging hibernators, and the flowers that bloom in the spring.. Birds Our resident birding enthusiast was absent for all but one of the Wildwatch walks during March, so it is no surprise that after February’s two broken species records, nothing so exciting happened on the five Wednesdays of March. Our total species […]

Posted 6 April 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bumblebee, Chiffchaff, Siskin, small tortoiseshell, Tree Creeper

March 2016: Spotlight on…Acers

Members of this large and widespread group of trees can be identified by buds and leaves in opposite pairs, and clusters of small flowers opening with or just before leaves which are normally hand-shaped with three, five or seven lobes. The seeds are in winged pairs that often spin as they fall to the ground […]

Posted 20 March 2016 | Categories: Spotlight on..., Wildwatch

Wildwatch: February 2016 Sightings

Highlights St Nicks bird records broken – twice! 24 months of Shieldbug records. Spring flowers start to emerge. Weather Mainly sunny and calm on Wildwatch Wednesdays, apart from the 17th, with temperatures between 2C and 8C Birds Who says that February is a boring month? This month, the St Nicks Wildwatch bird species record was […]

Posted 9 March 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: brown rat, Bullfinch, Gorse Shieldbug, Great spotted woodpecker, lesser celandine, robin, snowdrops

Wildwatch: January 2016 Sightings

Highlights Tiny winter visitor makes a brief appearance.. What’s shiny, rough, smooth and pygmy?.. Spring under way with male and female flowers showing.   Weather Temperatures remained seasonally low, between 2C and 7C, but dry and mainly calm on the Wildwatch Wednesdays. The Boxing Day floods continued to ensure high water levels on both the […]

Posted 11 February 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: floods, goldcrest, Gorse Shieldbug, Great spotted woodpecker, Hazel Catkins, lesser redpoll, Siskin, Smooth Newt, Song Thrush, water vole, Wood Louse

Wildwatch: December 2015 Sightings

Highlights Late summer, early spring for plants.. several scarce St Nicks birds seen.. edible or deadly poisonous – we didn’t dare test.. Weather Generally mild (10 – 13C) and cloudy, with some sunshine on some days. But on 26th and 27th, the floods came, due to the problems with the Foss Flood Barrier. Large areas of the […]

Posted 6 January 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: 7-spot Ladybird, Bramble, goldcrest, Gorse Shieldbug, Grey Wagtail, Hogweed, Red Clover, Siskin, Song Thrush, Treecreeper, Yarrow

Wildwatch: November 2015 Sightings

Highlights A 2nd bird record for St Nicks – and the 1st to be photographed, and a long-lingering summer visitor.. two new plant finds.. handsome Fungus Beetles delight! Weather A mainly cloudy month on Wildwatch Wednesdays, but also dry, apart from a few showers on the 18th. But there were sunny intervals on the 18th […]

Posted 7 December 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: black nightshade, fungi, Grey Wagtail, Handsome Fungus Beetle, Kestrel, redwing, Spiked Shieldbug, Springtail, Strawberry

Wildwatch: October 2015 Sightings

Highlights Winter & summer birds overlap; striking autumn colours; shieldbugs still bugging, but butterflies have flown Weather Temperatures were generally in the low teens. The 14th was the only Wednesday with any sunshine, whilst on the 28th, heavy rain curtailed the Wildwatch activity after about an hour. Otherwise, conditions were dry, if a little soggy […]

Posted 8 November 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, redwing, Siskin, sparrowhawk, teasel, Tit feeding flocks