St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

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 […]

03 Aug

Wildwatch: 1st August 2012 – Partying Flies take over Lamp-post

Weather: fairly warm, cloudy Observers: Hannah, Matt, Richard, Tom (Kaye part-time) As the warm and damp weather continues, the reserve looks lush and may strike some people as a bit overgrown. “Balsam bashing” has begun, but the Rangers’ teams are leaving as much as possible to grow and mature. It has been a difficult summer […]

26 Jul

Wildwatch: 25th July 2012 – Spotty adolescent steals show!

Weather:  overcast, warm. Observers:  Hanna, Hannah, Kaj, Linda, Kaye Elusive birds and insects continue to present one sort of recording challenge, while the wealth of flowering plants presents another. The grass is still luxuriant and likely to remain so for a while. An experimental cutting regime has begun along the eastern boundary, but scything the […]

20 Jul

Wildwatch: 18 July 2012 – The reserve is blooming!

Weather: Sunny intervals, warm, breezy Observers: Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj, Tom The list of flowering plants continues to grow in length, with several species having bloomed during the past week. The seasonal growth has returned to Osbaldwick Beck, which is, in some places, almost completely obscured by vegetation. Janetta, Kaye and Tom concentrated on plants […]

11 Jul

Wildwatch: 11 July 2012 – Ringlets everywhere!

Weather: Sunny intervals at first. Heavy rain later Observers: Dianna, Hanna, Ian, Janetta, Kaj, Kaye, Linda, Lindsay, Sam 1, Sam 2 With there being so many of us this morning, we split into two groups, with Kaye and Kaj going round with the two Sams (on a work experience week), and the others covering the […]

05 Jul

Wildwatch: 4 July 2012 – It’s looking so green now!

Weather: Overcast but mild. No rain! Observers: Ian, Kaye, Linda, Margaret, Tom There’s been quite a bit of rain recently, and everything at St Nicks is looking refreshingly green. Bird song is getting quieter (normally happens in  July / August), but plants, grasses, flowers and trees are flourishing! We all did the Osbaldwick Beck circuit […]

28 Jun

Wildwatch: 27th June 2012 – Three seasons in one

Weather: heavy cloud breaking to give bright spells; warm and humid. Observers: Hannah, Ian2, Kaj, Linda, Kaye In theory it’s mid-summer: the trees are a more uniform green, the grass grows tall, wild flowers flourish, resident birds gradually fall silent. On the other hand, a resolute Greenfinch, a couple of Song Thrushes and several Wrens […]

20 Jun

Wildwatch: 20 June 2012 – Blooming and confusing

Weather: Hot and sunny! Observers: Hannah, Ian, Kaye, with guests.. another Hannah and Ian! Kaye took our two guests on a tour of the reserve, whilst Hannah and Ian went in search of breeding evidence in birds. The two groups met up from time to time, and, between us, we covered most of the reserve. […]

14 Jun

Wildwatch: 13 June 2012 – Flesh Flies and Welted Thistles!

Weather: Mainly cloudy with sunny intervals. Light breeze. Observers: Hannah, Hazel, Ian, Janetta, Kaj, Lindsay With the heavy rains over the weekend, both becks were flowing fast and furious, Tang Hall Beck in particular. The water level in the latter was just a foot below the top of the culvert. We did a circuit around […]