St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

26 Jul

Wildwatch: 24th July 2013 – Fun among the nettles

Weather: hot, humid, mainly sunny Observers: Amanda, Cliff, Declan, Janetta, Kaye, Linda, Maigen, Mike, Tracey In similar conditions to last week’s, except possibly even hotter and more airless, birds continued to be hard to find, one or two plants are experiencing a very short flowering season, but there were clouds of butterflies and small insects. […]

19 Jul

Wildwatch: 17 July 2013 – Plants and butterflies rule!

Weather: Hot, with sunny intervals: 20C to 28 C. Occasional calm and cooling breeze Observers: Amanda, Carrie, Declan, Ian, Linda, Natasha, Sarah, Tracey Well, at the height of the plant flowering season, we were without our plant and flower experts, Janetta and Kaye. But Linda and Carrie stepped nobly up to the line, and with […]

11 Jul

Wildwatch: 10 July 2013 – Something fishy..!

Weather:   Warm, overcast, light breeze Observers:   Declan, Nettie, Preeyus There’s a first time for everything, and it was inevitable that one day there would come a Wednesday when none of the regulars were available. We bitterly regret that it had to happen at the end of a mini heat-wave in the middle of the breeding […]

07 Jul

Wildwatch: 3 July 2013 – Mystery bird? And the need for pain in botany!

Weather: Cloudy at first, then sunny intervals. 16C to 21C. Light breeze Observers: Amanda, Claire, Kaj, Kaye, Ian, Nettie, Paul, Rasa, Rosemary, Tracy A big turnout of ten people this week, with three newcomers. It was a bit of a disjointed walk, partially because Phil wanted some volunteers to help him with a thesis on […]

01 Jul

July 2013: Spotlight on… Speckled Wood butterfly

  Speckled Wood Butterfly Pararge aegeria This attractive butterfly is the northern form of a species belonging to the large family of Browns or Satyridae. It’s by far the easiest of the family to recognise. The brown upper wings have an unmistakeable slightly chequered pattern of creamy-yellow spots; the underside of the forewing is similar […]

28 Jun

Wildwatch: 26 June 2013 – Bugs, birds, butterflies.. where do we start?

Weather: Sunny intervals, light breeze, warm in the sunshine – 15C to 19C Observers: Amanda, Carrie, Declan, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Paul, Rosemary, Tim, Tracy A good turn-out of ten people today, with four new people joining in the group walk. We split into two parties, with Kaye and Janetta taking Amanda, Paul and Tracy on […]

20 Jun

Wildwatch: 19 June 2013 – a Lazy Plant, a Poisonous Moth – and a Soggy Sparrow!

Weather: Some cloud, some sunshine, a warm 19C – 23C Observers: Cliff, Kaj, Ian, Linda, Tim, Tracey With Kaye tied up with St Nicks admin duties, we were heavily reliant on Cliff for some botany expertise, as well as his excellent spotting and photography of insects. Kaye did manage a trip round the reserve on […]

13 Jun

Wildwatch: 12 June 2013 – Bugs, botany – and a bird “rarity”!

Weather: Overcast, light occasional breeze, 16C – 19C Observers: Cathy, Cliff, Chris, Doug, Guy, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Max, Tracy A good turn-out of ten people today, so we split into two groups. Doug and Guy turned up later. Guy joined Kaye’s group, whilst Doug went out exploring on his own. Kaye was accompanied by Janetta, […]

06 Jun

Wildwatch: 5 June 2013 – An exciting new breeding record!

Weather: Overcast, occasional light breeze, 12 to 16C Observers: Doug, Guy, Ian, Kaye, Roy, Tracey It was good to welcome three new people to the Wildwatch walk this morning, including Roy, an expert on one specific family of flies, and Guy, a grass expert. Also on site this morning were Mick and Dave, Water Vole […]

05 Jun

June 2013: Spotlight on… Common Whitethroat

                      Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis Whitethroats are members of the Warbler family, visiting Britain only in the summer to nest and breed. They are a tiny bird, smaller than a House Sparrow, but they have a very distictive, scratchy, warbling song. You can hear the […]