St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

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 […]

01 Feb

February 2013: Spotlight on.. Water Vole

  Water Vole Arvicola terrestris Water Voles are, unfortunately, one of the most endangered species of British mammals and have special protection under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, with the protection extended in April 2008. Here at St Nicks, therefore, we have a serious responsibility to try to protect the few Water Voles which […]

31 Jan

Wildwatch: 30 January 2013 – Water Vole steals the show!

Weather: Sunny intervals, short blustery showers, fresh to strong N wind, 8C (felt colder in wind) Observers: Doug, Ian, Janetta, Jim, Kaye, Kaj, Steve, Tim A good turn-out of eight people today, with Doug and Jim coming along for the first time. The recently-melted snow had swollen the two becks, with Tang Hall Beck being particularly full. […]

23 Jan

Wildwatch: 23 January 2013 – Winter Thrushes, singing Robins and food shortages

Weather: Gloomy, overcast, no wind, cool (2C to 3C) and occasional short, light snow flurries Observers: Carrie, Ian, Kaye, Mark, Steve, Tim Ian had his normal pre-Wildwatch yomp around Osbaldwick Beck and had some interesting sightings. Then, Ian & Steve had another trip round the beck, again, with some good sightings. They picked up Kaye, […]

17 Jan

Wildwatch: 16 January 2013 – Visitors from the North

Weather: Mainly clear and sunny. Cold (-5C to 0C). No wind. 1 to 2 cm of snow lying. Observers: Carrie, Ian, Kaj, Kaye, Tim It was a beautiful, frosty morning when we set off. The paths were icy in parts, but there were no difficulties. Kaye and Ian had previously taken a walk round Osbaldwick […]

11 Jan

Wildwatch: 9 January 2013 – The sun smiles on St Nicks!

Weather: Clear, sunny, cool (4C), occasional cold, light breeze Observers: Claire, Ian, Janetta, Kaye Well, after the rain and the dark, overcast skies, we deserved a bright morning.. and that’s what we got today! Cloudless skies, beautiful light, and some lovely sights! Ian was out early for his usual walk around Osbaldwick Beck (getting 16 […]