St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

04 Aug

Wildwatch: July 2014 Sightings

Highlights A plant re-discovered after a 3 year absence.. a “protective” hoverfly, new for St Nicks.. a bird up a tree (you don’t often find this water bird up a tree!).. more sightings of a endangered mammal. Weather A generally dry, warm month, with temperatures reaching 23C by the middle of the month. Plants The weekly […]

28 Jul

Annual report 2013-14 & looking forward

St Nicks’ AGM on 15th July 2014 wasn’t just an opportunity to enjoy our patron Anneliese Emmans Dean’s wonderful Buzzing performance but it was also a time to reflect on what St Nicks has achieved since its inception as a charity in 1997. Over the past two decades or so, we have turned a clay-capped […]

15 Jul

July 2014: Spotlight on… Shieldbugs

Shieldbugs are popular and readily identifiable insects found on the reserve at St Nicks, and can be seen in most months of the year. Unlike beetles, shieldbugs tend not to scuttle away when observed but will pose for photographs. They superficially resemble beetles but are actually part of the bug tribe. All insects are sometimes […]

06 Jul

Wildwatch: June 2014 Sightings

Highlights A Southern Hawker Dragonfly on the Butterfly Path, well away from water.. one of the most poisonous moths in Britain photographed.. another two sightings of an increasingly rare (for St Nicks) warbler.. loads more butterflies.. lots of juvenile birds.. and an increasingly rich flower meadow! Weather A very wet start to the month on the […]

17 Jun

June 2014: Spotlight on.. Buttercups

Buttercups Ranunculus sp. Hold one underneath somebody’s chin, and if it reflects a little patch of yellow on to their skin, it means they like butter. Has it ever failed to work? Once upon a time everybody could recognise a buttercup, and presumably everybody liked butter. There would have been a lot less of it […]

07 Jun

Wildwatch: May 2014 Sightings

Highlights Evidence of Water Voles breeding.. Sightings of Garden Warbler and Whitethroat.. Nine species of butterflies seen in the month.. First damselflies of the year seen. Weather Dry for the first three Wildwatch Wednesdays, with some sunshine, and temperatures rising to 23C on the 14th. The final Wednesday was very wet, which depressed sightings of birds and […]

28 May

Feed the bees that feed us

According to Buglife, one out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on insect pollination. It is estimated that 84% of EU crops (valued at £12.6 billion per year) and 80% of wildflowers rely on it. Without this invaluable service we wouldn’t be able to enjoy a lot of the great food we now […]

20 May

May 2014: Spotlight on.. Blackcap

Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla This small bird (wingspan 20 cm – 8 inches) is a spring and summer visitor to St Nicks. It’s not the easiest bird to see (or photograph!) because it often sings in deep cover, in the centre of a bush or small tree. It is best seen in early spring, before there […]

13 May

Wildwatch: April 2014 sightings

Weather: Mainly cloudy on all five Wildwatch days, except for sunshine on the 23rd. As expected, temperatures started to rise throughout the month, starting off with 4C to 6C on the 2nd, and up to 15C on the 30th. Observers: Generally smaller numbers than in recent months, but we still had to split into two […]

31 Mar

Wildwatch: March 2014 sightings

Weather: A warmer patch mid-month was sandwiched between a cooler start and end to the month. Fortunately, we managed to stay dry on all four of the Wildwatch walks! A fairly dry month, so the water level in both becks started to drop, exposing muddy banks. Observers: Once again, numbers on the walks were in […]