St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

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 […]

05 Jan

January 2013: Spotlight on.. Siskin

  Siskin Carduelis spinus Siskins are endearing, acrobatic little finches, which are found throughout the UK. They breed in coniferous and mixed forest, with a preference for Spruce. In North Yorkshire, in the breeding season, they favour woodlands in the North York Moors and the Howardian Hills, but in the winter, they come down to […]

03 Jan

Wildwatch: 3 January 2013 – Signs of Spring already!

Weather: Drizzle for first half hour, then just overcast. Cool. Very light breeze. Poor light Observers: Ian, Kaye, Janetta The weather might have been dull for this, the first Wildwatch of 2013, but in the bird song and behaviour, and in some of the plant life, there were some promises of the Spring which will […]

21 Dec

Wildwatch: 19 December 2012 – Pre-Christmas Bird Bonanza!

Weather: Cool, overcast, poor light, light cold breeze later Observers: Hannah, Ian, Janetta, Kaye Well, it was a dull, miserable looking morning when we set out at 10 am, heading out along the Bund Path. And for the first 20 minutes, we saw practically nothing.. a few White Dead Nettle flowers, Woodpigeons and Magpies. Although […]

12 Dec

Wildwatch: 12 December 2012 – Nature on a frosty morning

Weather: Thin cloud, calm, cold (-2C) Observers: Ian, Kaye, Roger It was certainly a bit nippy today! But the persisting frost added a new dimension to St Nicks, with everything glistening white and shining, despite the dull light. The calm air encouraged the birds to come out and show themselves, and the plants and trees […]

08 Dec

Wildwatch: 5 December 2012 – Flowers, birds.. and worms!

Weather: Sunny, cold (1C), light NW breeze Observers: Carrie, Hannah, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj, Tom After the recent wet weather, the water level in the two becks had gone down considerably, and we were treated to a sunny morning, with beautiful winter light. We had a visiting lumbricologist with us today (puzzled? see below), so […]