St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

02 May

Wildwatch: 1st May 2013 – Mayday! Mayday!

Weather: sunny, warm in the sun, breezy Observers: Doug, Janetta, Kaj, Kaye For weeks we’ve been predicting a sudden surge. At last it’s happening! It’s brilliant but induces a sense of panic in our record-keepers – far too much to do in one short session even when we can remember perfectly what we learnt last […]

25 Apr

Wildwatch: 24th April 2013 – Sorting Little Brown Jobs

Weather: Warm, sunny, breezy Observers: Linda, Roger The first really warm Wednesday of the year brought out more birds than watchers. Linda and Roger rose to the challenge magnificently. Linda’s report gives the flavour of the morning: “We sat for a while on a fallen log and just watched everything around us.. went to the […]

17 Apr

Wildwatch: 17 April 2013 – “And The Birds They Are A-Warbling”

Thanks – and apologies – to Bob Dylan for the headline! Weather: Cloudy, 8 to 10C, calm at first, freshening SW breeze later. Observers: Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj It was a grey, overcast day, but we just missed the heavy shower earlier in the morning. With the initial lack of wind, birdsong was plentiful and, […]

11 Apr

Wildwatch: 10 April 2013 – At Last.. Signs Of Spring!

Weather: Cloudy at first, then sunny. Little wind. 5C to 11C Observers: Eithne, Ian, Kaye, Kaj, Linda Last week, our blog headline was “Has Spring Been Cancelled?”. What a change this week! It felt pleasantly warm, especially when the sun was shining. And there were signs of Spring everywhere. This resulted in several “firsts” for […]

05 Apr

April 2013: Spotlight on… Chiffchaff

  Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita Chiffchaffs are a “summer visitor”, coming only to Britain in the Spring to breed and departing in the early Autumn – although a few tough it out and stay the winter here. They are a small bird – about the size of a Blue Tit – and, in appearance, they are […]

04 Apr

Wildwatch: 3 April 2013 – Has Spring Been Cancelled?

Weather: Sunny at first, then sunny intervals. 3 to 5 C. Light NE wind. Feeling cool! Observers: Eithne, Ian, Kaye, Jo, John, Roger At last – a sunny day! But still cold, and still little sign of Spring. It’s as if everything has been put on hold, waiting for a few warm days for all the […]

28 Mar

Wildwatch: 27th March 2013 – Unstoppable!

Weather: Snowing and cold.  Still at first but with a biting wind picking up later. Observers: Janetta, Kaj, Linda, Steve, Kaye Yes, the heading does include your intrepid Wildwatch team. We followed every inch of the winter thrush survey route in defiance of the sometimes quite thick snow. But mainly it’s about nature, which appears […]

20 Mar

Wildwatch: 20 March 2013 – Gruesome breeding evidence..!

Weather: occasional light drizzle, grey and overcast, cool (2C to 4C) and light Easterly breeze. Observers: Carrie, Cavan, Eithne, Haley, Ian, Jim, Kaye A grey, raw day, but it didn’t deter the seven members of the Wildwatch Group who turned up! Some of the smaller paths were very muddy after the recent heavy rain, but […]

15 Mar

Wildwatch: 13 March 2013 – More “firsts” and mysterious footprints!

Weather: Sunny intervals, but mainly overcast later on. Light, cool breeze. 0C – 5C Observers: Cavan, Doug, Eithne, Ian, Janetta, John, Kaye, Kaj, Linda, Steve A record turn-out (10 people) required us to split into two groups. Eithne, Janetta, John and Linda went round with Kaye, whilst the rest went round with Ian. And the […]

07 Mar

Wildwatch: 6th March 2013 – Mist and Mysteries

Weather:  damp, misty, increasingly chilly Observers:  Kaj, Doug, Kaye Another dramatic change from the previous week.  It was poor weather for plant-spotting and photography, but the birds didn’t seem to mind. Kaj and Kaye started with a tour of Osbaldwick Beck then followed the traditional path along the western edge and over the Bund.  After […]