St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

12 Apr

Wildwatch: 11th April 2012 – Beetle Drive

Weather: Changeable. Warm in full sun; chilly under cloud. Occasional light showers. Observers: Aingeal, Carrie, Janetta, Linda, Lindsay, Richard, Kaye Cooler weather over the last week hasn’t deterred trees and herbaceous plants, and the reserve continues to grow greener every day. The Environment Centre garden and pond are well worth a visit. Intermittent rain has […]

04 Apr

Wildwatch: 4 April 2012 – Ugh! Where did Spring go?

Weather: Wet, windy, cold! Observers: Kaye, Ian We have to count ourselves lucky, we suppose! Whilst upland areas were having snow dumped on them, here at St Nicks we simply had to endure rain and cold winds. But the birds were still singing (well, some of them), and flowers and leaves were still coming out […]

28 Mar

Wildwatch: 28 March 2012 – Spring! But more like a Summer’s day

Weather: Sunny with clear skies. Cool early morning but warm later Observers: Ian, Kaye, Linda, Lindsay There were sights and sounds of Spring everywhere, but the warmth, sunshine and light made it seem more like a summer’s morning! With the recent dry weather, the water levels in both becks had fallen since last week, but […]

21 Mar

Wildwatch: 21st March 2012 – Dead Chiffed!

Weather:  overcast, cool. Observers: Kaj, Lindsay, Kaye Birds: With Ian away running a workshop at Blacktoft Sands, we were of course anxious to see something exciting.  There have been quite a few reports of Chiffchaffs arriving in the area, and this was Kaye’s target in a short foray at 9.15.  She was delighted to hear […]

14 Mar

Wildwatch: 14 March 2012 – Nest building under way

Weather: Overcast, cool, slight S. breeze Observers: Alex, German, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Linda, Lindsay Three new people swelled the Wildwatch group to seven people today, so, after a walk round Osbaldwick Beck, we split into two parties. Ian, Alex, German and Lindsay went off to concentrate on bird life, whilst Kaye, Linda and Janetta focused their […]

07 Mar

Wildwatch: 7 March 2012 – Tang Hall Beck Revealed!

Weather: Overcast at first, then sunny intervals. Cool breeze at times. Observers: Barbara, Ian, Kaye, Kaj Spring is unstoppable! Despite a wet weekend and overcast skies, there are more flowers and blossoms emerging on the reserve. Both becks had subsided after the rain and, although flowing well, there was little water over the small flood […]

29 Feb

Wildwatch: 29 February 2012 – Seeing double at Tang Hall Beck

Weather: Dull, overcast, cool, occasional light breeze Observers: Ian, Kaye, Linda, Phil A dull, gloomy-looking day wasn’t able to hide the fact that Spring is definitely starting 🙂 Birds were singing (and in one case, displaying), blossom was starting to emerge, and flowers were seen in increasing numbers. And there was double, double delight at […]

22 Feb

Wildwatch: 22 February 2012 – Where are our young Bullfinches?

Weather: Overcast, some drizzle, cool breeze. Observers: Carrie, Ginny, Ian, Kaye, Kaj, Linda A rather damp start to our walk, but not as wet as we thought it might be! Water levels in both becks had dropped over the past week, but there was still a good flow of water through both of them. There […]

18 Feb

Wildwatch: 18 February 2012 – “Taster” morning

This morning we held a “taster” morning, aimed at showing people what our Wildwatch Group gets up to every Wednesday morning. Nine people attended the event, including members of the Wildwatch Group. We split up into two teams, with Kaye leading the “Trees and Plants” spotting group and Ian leading the “Bird and Mammal” spotting […]

15 Feb

Wildwatch: 15 February 2012 – Early signs of Spring

Weather: Mild, sunny intervals, light NW breeze Observers: Carrie, Ian, Janetta, Kaj, Kaye, Linda, Phil, Rachel The snow has now all melted, but the pond at the Environment Centre remained frozen. Melt water resulted in high levels in both becks. Although only mid-February, there were some early signs of Spring. With so many observers, we […]