St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

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 […]

04 Mar

March 2013: Spotlight on…Hazel

Hazel – Corylus Avellana Hazel is a native species closely related to Birch, Alder and Hornbeam. It can grow into a small tree, but is more often found pruned or coppiced into a bush. At this time of year, it is easy to identify by its male flowers, the “lambs’ tails” catkins which start to […]

01 Mar

Wildwatch: 27th February 2013 – Things warm up!

Weather:  Sunny, warm, still! Observers: Doug, Janetta, John, Linda, Steve, Kaye Last week, woolly hats, mitts and frozen fingers.  This week, basking in the sun and everything starting to happen.  The slightly sad note for an otherwise delightful morning was that some of the most exciting things happened after most of the group had left.  […]

21 Feb

Wildwatch: 20 February 2013 – Winter lingers but Spring is arriving!

Weather: Cloudy, light, cool SW breeze, 2 – 5 C Observers: Carrie, Hannah, Ian, John, Katie, Kaj, Kaye, Steve The arrival of John and Katie, two new members of Wildwatch, swelled our numbers to eight observers. We decided, therefore to split into two groups. Carrie, Ian, John and Katie went anti-clockwise round the reserve, with the […]

14 Feb

Wildwatch: 13 February 2013 – Thrushes and Tomfoolery!

Weather: Cloudy, cold (0 C), slight NW wind, snow starting at the end of the walk Observers:  Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Linda, Steve Well, we just about beat the snow, which started when we’d nearly finished our morning walk, and continued for the rest of the afternoon. It certainly felt very cold, with a nip in the […]

06 Feb

Wildwatch: 6 February 2013 – Is Spring “just around the corner”?

Weather: Early snow shower cleared to lead to sunny intervals. Cold, Northerly breeze. 2 to  3C. Observers: Ian, Kaye, Kaj Ian went for his usual pre-Wildwatch stroll round Osbaldwick Beck, but was soon driven back to the Environment Centre by a short, heavy snow shower. Then he and Kaye set off early, and covered the North-Eastern […]