St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

13 Jan

Wildwatch: 11 January 2012 – Red Lesser Day!

Weather: Mild, cloudy but dry and quite bright, fairly still. Observers:  Linda, Kaye Birds were singing, spring was in the air, and the very mild weather made it a good day for lingering, so we covered less ground than usual but were amazed at how fast the time passed.  Tang Hall Beck was still high, […]

04 Jan

Wildwatch: 4 January 2012 – A grey (and a colourful) start to the New Year!

Weather: Overcast, occasional light drizzle, fresh breeze Observers: Linda, Ian The skies might have been grey, but St Nicks still had plenty of colour! And it wasn’t just the birds, but there were still a few flowers lingering on. Both the becks had a good volume of water, flowing strongly with a brown, muddy appearance. […]

21 Dec

Wildwatch: 21 December – A “little cutie” and a “little early”

Weather: Overcast, dull, mild (6C) and calm Observers: Kaye, Linda, Phil, Ian It might have been dull and overcast, but some colour was brought into the scenery by the many Bullfinches we saw and, yes, on this, the shortest day in the year, some flowers as well! It stopped raining shortly before we set off, but […]

14 Dec

Wildwatch: 14 December – Kingfisher! Not just a blue flash in the pan!

Weather: Bright & sunny at first, cloudy later. Cool nip in the breeze when it blew. Observers: Linda, Kaye, Phil, Ian We were favoured, once again, with a clear and sunny start to the morning, with some beautiful light conditions. Osbaldwick Beck had a good flow of water, with some minor flooding over the bank. […]

07 Dec

Wildwatch: 7 December – Galls, Gulls and Gusts!

Weather: Heavy showers, sunny intervals, cool, fresh to strong, gusty wind Observers: Phil, Kaye, Kaj, Janetta, Ian A grey, wintery sky promised rain as we set off from the Centre – and we got it! It was a cold and very wet rain when it arrived, but fortunately it only lasted about half an hour. […]

30 Nov

Wildwatch: 30 November – Osbaldwick Beck alive with birds!

Weather: Clear, sunny, bright – but cool. Observers: Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Linda It’s surprising, isn’t it, how sunshine brings the Autumn colours back again! Last week we reported that the autumn colours were fading fast, but today they seemed as beautiful as ever. One particularly striking area was Tang Hall Beck, near the Dragon Stones, […]

23 Nov

Wildwatch: 23 November – At last – a Siskin.. and a possible new flower!

Weather: Overcast, dry, slight breeze, cool. Observers: Kaye, Linda, Phil, Ian The paths on the reserve are now well covered with leaves, and the autumn colours are now fading fast, leaving a greyer, bare-branched landscape. But, far from being dull, St Nicks today was a fascinating place! Birds: A nice sight, as we left the […]

18 Nov

Bearing Fruit: 14th November – Provocation of the Robins and edible hedges.

Core Group Members Present: Eileen, Jonathan, Steven, Elly, Paul, Darren, Vicki After welcoming a new group member Darren and returning member Elly our fist activity for the day was to help St Nicks Wildwatch Group with their valuable survey work by mapping Robin Territories. After getting ourselves familiar with their calls we set out around […]

16 Nov

Wildwatch: 16 November – “Aggressive, carnivorous predator” at St Nicks!

  Weather: Overcast, dull, no wind, cool. Observers: Ian, Kaye, Kaj, Kirsty, Linda, Janetta, Phil Yes, a typical November day! But, with a good number of observers today, we found a wide range of bird and flower species, as well as the “aggressive, carnivorous predator”, more of which later! The autumn colours are fading now, and many […]

12 Nov

Wildwatch: 12 November – Scandinavian visitors on Bird Walk

Well, no, not exactly Scandinavian visitors on today’s guided Bird Walk, but more seen on our Bird Walk! Read on.. Our guided Bird Walk today was led by local ornithologist, David Campbell, but due to the high turn-out (14 people), Ian was press-ganged as the deputy leader! We started off looking at the different birds coming to […]