St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

19 Nov

November 2015: Spotlight on … Ash trees

Ash (Fraxinus excelsior) is a native tree, but it’s one on its own. It belongs to the Oleaceae, along with the Olive and Lilac, and its only native relation is a form of wild Privet. Two or three Mediterranean and American forms have been introduced as ornamental trees, but you’re unlikely to find them outside […]

08 Nov

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 […]

28 Oct

October 2015: Spotlight on … Grey Wagtails

The Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) is an occasional visitor to St Nicks, seen more often in the Autumn and Winter months (but see below). This attractive grey and yellow bird is nearly always found near running water, so all the St Nicks sightings have been along the Tang Hall and Osbaldwick Becks. Typically it is […]

13 Oct

Serious about recycling? Label your containers!

Introducing Sam Taylor, who is our new Recycling Coordinator at St Nicks managing our domestic and business waste collection service in York. Kerbside collection makes it easy and convenient to recycle. Plus, today’s new technologies and growing markets are expanding the number of materials we can recycle at the kerb. At St Nicks we currently […]

08 Oct

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 […]

25 Sep

Urgent call to support renewables

As early adopters of renewable energy we are alarmed by the recent government proposals to cut subsidies to the sector by drastically reducing Feed in Tariffs and through other counterproductive measures. It was recently revealed just how much we all effectively subsidise fossil fuels, which have harmful effects on both human health and climate, through […]

21 Sep

September 2015: Spotlight on.. Bindweed

If you’re a gardener, the name sums it up: an irredeemable weed that’s more than a bit of a bind if you’ve taken over a plot where it’s well established. The thin but strong, flexible stems twine round any vertical support, potentially strangling other plants, and the deep roots produce rhizomes that enable the plant […]

08 Sep

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 […]

26 Aug

Family summer fun

A guest blog by Kate Ravilious  Are you running out of entertainment ideas for the last week of summer holidays? Fear not: St Nicks nature reserve is ready to come to your rescue. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon during the summer holidays the lovely staff at St Nicks have been running their WORM (Wild […]

05 Aug

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 […]