St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

11 Oct

Wildwatch: 10th October 2012 – Autumn arrives with a gentle touch

Weather: Cool, but dry Observers: Hannah, Hazel, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj Definitely a touch of Autumn, not just in the cool air, but also in the turning of the leaves, and the increasing amount of fungi observed. We started up the Lime Tree Path, moved along the Bund Path, down the left-hand path down Tang Hall […]

06 Oct

Wildwatch: 3rd October 2012 – Vanishing Species?

Weather: cloudy with alternating drizzle and sunny spells. Cool breeze. Observers: Hanna for first half hour, Kaye Leaves are starting to fall and there is a distinct chill in the wind. Along the becks, muddy tidemarks show last week’s flood levels.  Suddenly it really is autumn, and as though to mark its arrival, a significant […]

26 Sep

Wildwatch: 26 September 2012 – After The Rains..!

Weather: Overcast, a few sunny intervals, light breeze, one light shower Observers: Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj, Nicky After two days of very heavy rain, causing local flooding, this morning was, mercifully, mainly dry. Both Osbaldwick and Tang Hall Becks were very high, with the scenes reminding Ian of flooded Amazonian forests – minus the exotic […]

19 Sep

Wildwatch: 19 September 2012 – A Blitz On Blackbirds!

Weather: Sunny intervals, cool when not in sun Observers: Hannah, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Linda, Tom This week, our group carried out the first of a series of monthly surveys for the “Winter Thrush” survey, organised by the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology). We followed a route previously set by Ian, which took us along the […]

13 Sep

Wildwatch: 12 September 2012 – It’s Foraging Time!

Weather: Light rain with occasional dry intervals Observers: Hannah, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Linda, Trish We decided to start off at the Sluice Bridge, where a Water Vole had been seen last week. Look below to see if we were successful or not! After spending some time there, we set off back along the Bund Path and […]

05 Sep

Wildwatch: 5 September 2012: The Return Of The Vole!

Weather: Warm with sunny intervals Observers: Hazel, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj, Linda What a contrast in the weather from the pouring rain we experienced last week! And the weather change was reflected in the quality of our sightings today. Our bird count was higher than in the past three weeks, butterflies were on the wing […]

29 Aug

Wildwatch: 29 August 2012 – Hairy Monster In The Rain!

Weather: Heavy, continuous rain! Observers: Ian, Janetta (who unfortunately never managed to connect with the Group), Kaye, Richard, Sean, Tom, Tony It was an intrepid bunch of us which set off in the pouring rain and endured it for an hour and a half! We had no specific project, except to see where Richard was […]

24 Aug

Wildwatch: 22nd August 2012 – Galling!

Weather: warm, cloudy with sunny intervals Observers: Hannah, Janetta, Linda, Tom, Kaye We and the butterflies may be hoping it’s still summer, but as far as the plants are concerned it’s definitely early autumn. The vegetation has reached its maximum growth (or so the rangers hope), and fruits and seeds are everywhere. As the breeding […]

17 Aug

Wildwatch: 15th August 2012 – Three sharp-eyed mice

Weather: sunny intervals, warm, humid. Observers: Linda, Tom, Kaye, Rangers and Park Volunteers The regular Wednesday walk was suspended to enable us to attend a small mammal identification workshop run by Ann Hanson of the Yorkshire Mammal Group. Birds: there were a few, but frankly we weren’t watching carefully enough. Wood Pigeons attracted a certain […]

08 Aug

Wildwatch: 8th August 2012 – Butterflies Galore (and none of them plastic!)

Weather: Sunny intervals, warm Observers: Hanna, Hannah, Ian, Kaye, Linda (and Ginger!) We were accompanied on most of the walk round the reserve by Ginger (pictured right), who made occasional forays into the undergrowth, with one successful hunting trip (our only rodent sighting of the morning!). We followed the Bund Path round to Tang Hall […]