St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

01 Feb

Orchard Planting

After nine months of planning and preparation, St Nicks’ very own community orchard is finally in the ground, ready to flourish and provide a free and delicious food source for the surrounding community! Bearing Fruit ended up hosting four separate planting sessions to get all of the trees in, but it was worth it as […]

28 Jan

Wildwatch: 28th January 2012 – Saturday Extra

In cold, still, sunny weather, ten visitors joined Ivana and three Wildwatch regulars to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. We decided we had enough confident observers to cover seven different areas of the reserve, including the Environment Centre garden. Between us we found 20 species – not quite as high as on […]

25 Jan

Wildwatch: 25th January 2012 – Take note of your Elders!

Weather: Cloudy with occasional sunny spells; light breeze sometimes freshening; fairly mild but with distinct wind chill factor. Observers: Janetta, Linda, Phil, Kaye After a very wet Tuesday, some of the unmade paths were muddy and water levels in the Becks were fairly high, but Spring was cautiously back in the air, with singing birds, […]

19 Jan

Wildwatch 18th January 2012 – Male dominance threatens food supply!

Weather:  Broken cloud with bright spells, relatively mild. Observers: Janetta, Kaj, Linda, Phil, Kaye Yesterday was bitterly cold and frosty.  This morning the frost had vanished, leaving the air rather damp and the thawing ground rather muddy, and causing Scott to speculate on whether the sun had come out during the night.  The day felt […]

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, […]