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Category: Wildwatch

Wildwatch: December 2016 Sightings

Highlights Over-wintering summer visitor? .. skulking rail still present.. blank on Shieldbugs..return of Water Vole.. Lemon Disco! Weather Not surprisingly, temperatures fell throughout the month. 12C was recorded on 7th December, falling to 2C on the 28th, the latter day being bright, sunny and “nithering”! Birds The long-staying Water Rail was seen on all four […]

Posted 14 January 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, fungi, gorse, Gorse Shieldbug, kingfisher, millipede, Water Rail

Wildwatch: October / November 2016 Sightings

Highlights A secretive bird… even more secretive mammals… Halloween beetles (and bats!)… a new gall for the reserve Commentary For various reasons, we were not able to complete a Wildwatch blog report for October, so this is a combined October / November report. We’ve been looking out for visiting winter birds, and had a few […]

Posted 12 December 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: deer, fox, millipede, Water Rail, woodlice

Wildwatch: September 2016 Sightings

Highlights Bumper month for the “Blue Flash”.. Shieldbugs are September’s stars and Harlequin Ladybirds spring a surprise.. fungi starting to flourish. Commentary As Summer moves into Autumn, the flora and fauna at St Nicks changes. Flowering plants are dying back, insects are declining in numbers (although still plenty to see), Autumn colours are appearing as […]

Posted 4 October 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch

Spotlight on….Hawthorn

Hawthorn (Crateagus monogyna) is a native species, best known as a thorny hedging plant or large shrub. Left alone and given space, it makes an attractive small tree, growing up to ten metres high. As a bush, it adapts readily to light pruning, close trimming, and traditional hedge-laying. It must have been used like this […]

Posted 24 September 2016 | Categories: Spotlight on..., Wildwatch | Tags: Hawthorn

Wildwatch: August 2016

Highlights:  Return of the Head-banger. New butterfly record but butterfly numbers remain low. Look out for Kiwi fruit with antennae! Giant puffball and galling plant discovery. Weather Dry on all the Wildwatch Wednesdays, with temperatures ranging from 14C to 23C. The 24th was particularly hot, sunny and with calm winds. Birds As expected, August was […]

Posted 9 September 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: bistort gall, dark green fritillary, dragonflies, Earth Star fungus, Great spotted woodpecker

Wildwatch: July 2016 Sightings

Highlights A new St Nicks hoverfly and new St Nicks moths.. “Woody” is a new plant record.. and a hunter along the Bund Path! Weather Mainly dry with sunshine and sunny intervals, with the warmer weather (up to 25C) in the early part of the month, and down to 18C on the 27th Invertebrates July’s weather […]

Posted 9 August 2016 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Blood-vein Moth, longhorn beetle, Woody Nightshade

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