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Category: Wildwatch

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

Wildwatch: September 2015 Sightings

Highlights Shieldbugs shine while hoverflies put on an autumn show… summer lingers on in the bird world… and autumn turns fruitful Weather Once again, we were blessed with rain-free Wildwatch Wednesdays! We had sun or sunny intervals on most days and temperatures stayed in the mid teens. Invertebrates Butterflies were scarce during September with the […]

Posted 8 October 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Birch Shield Bug, blackcap, Chiffchaff, comma butterfly, Common Cross Spider, Devils Bit Scabious, False Blister Bug, Great spotted woodpecker, kingfisher, red admiral, Rosy Rustic Moth, Spiked Pea Gall, Tree Damsel Bug

Wildwatch: August 2015

Highlights Big bird of prey seen.. plentiful “blue streak” sightings.. endangered mammal seen well..new thistle gall…beautiful migrant butterfly arrives, plus an unexpected damselfly and more hoverflies. Weather We were fortunate on all Wildwatch Wednesdays with the weather staying dry. Temperatures ranged from 21C to 24C on the first two Wednesdays, but dropping to 19C to […]

Posted 8 September 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch

Wildwatch: July 2015 Sightings

Highlights More breeding bird evidence, and a bad hair day for a scarce bird by Tang Hall Beck.. Warmer July weather brings out more butterflies and dragonflies, plus two more new hoverflies for the reserve.. “Butterfly bush” now in full bloom, and there’s Bindweed everywhere! Weather July started off hot and sunny, with temperatures reaching […]

Posted 5 August 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, breeding, Bullfinch, Corn Marigold, Gatekeeper butterfly, goldcrest, Goldfinch, Hoverfly, juvenile birds, kingfisher, Knapweed, Large Skipper, Ringlet butterfly, Shieldbugs, six-spot burnet, Soapwort, Song Thrush, water vole, Yellow Rattle

Wildwatch: June 2015

Highlights A summer visitor, virtually missing for the past two years, returns.. a spectacular flower display along the Tang Hall Beck path (see below).. Butterfly numbers low, but a spectacular hoverfly brightens a dull month.. more breeding evidence of a nationally endangered species Weather Generally a cool month, with temperatures ranging from 12 – 16C […]

Posted 14 July 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, common whitethroat, dame's violet, dog rose, Green-veined White butterfly, Hairy Shield Bug, Holly Blue butterfly, kingfisher, laburnum, Large Skipper Butterfly, Malachite Beetle, Mugwort Gall Fly, Ribwort Plantain, Wasp Beetle, white campion