St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

29 Aug

Wildwatch: 29 August 2012 – Hairy Monster In The Rain!

Weather: Heavy, continuous rain! Observers: Ian, Janetta (who unfortunately never managed to connect with the Group), Kaye, Richard, Sean, Tom, Tony It was an intrepid bunch of us which set off in the pouring rain and endured it for an hour and a half! We had no specific project, except to see where Richard was […]

24 Aug

Wildwatch: 22nd August 2012 – Galling!

Weather: warm, cloudy with sunny intervals Observers: Hannah, Janetta, Linda, Tom, Kaye We and the butterflies may be hoping it’s still summer, but as far as the plants are concerned it’s definitely early autumn. The vegetation has reached its maximum growth (or so the rangers hope), and fruits and seeds are everywhere. As the breeding […]

17 Aug

Wildwatch: 15th August 2012 – Three sharp-eyed mice

Weather: sunny intervals, warm, humid. Observers: Linda, Tom, Kaye, Rangers and Park Volunteers The regular Wednesday walk was suspended to enable us to attend a small mammal identification workshop run by Ann Hanson of the Yorkshire Mammal Group. Birds: there were a few, but frankly we weren’t watching carefully enough. Wood Pigeons attracted a certain […]

08 Aug

Wildwatch: 8th August 2012 – Butterflies Galore (and none of them plastic!)

Weather: Sunny intervals, warm Observers: Hanna, Hannah, Ian, Kaye, Linda (and Ginger!) We were accompanied on most of the walk round the reserve by Ginger (pictured right), who made occasional forays into the undergrowth, with one successful hunting trip (our only rodent sighting of the morning!). We followed the Bund Path round to Tang Hall […]

03 Aug

Wildwatch: 1st August 2012 – Partying Flies take over Lamp-post

Weather: fairly warm, cloudy Observers: Hannah, Matt, Richard, Tom (Kaye part-time) As the warm and damp weather continues, the reserve looks lush and may strike some people as a bit overgrown. “Balsam bashing” has begun, but the Rangers’ teams are leaving as much as possible to grow and mature. It has been a difficult summer […]

26 Jul

Wildwatch: 25th July 2012 – Spotty adolescent steals show!

Weather:  overcast, warm. Observers:  Hanna, Hannah, Kaj, Linda, Kaye Elusive birds and insects continue to present one sort of recording challenge, while the wealth of flowering plants presents another. The grass is still luxuriant and likely to remain so for a while. An experimental cutting regime has begun along the eastern boundary, but scything the […]

20 Jul

Wildwatch: 18 July 2012 – The reserve is blooming!

Weather: Sunny intervals, warm, breezy Observers: Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj, Tom The list of flowering plants continues to grow in length, with several species having bloomed during the past week. The seasonal growth has returned to Osbaldwick Beck, which is, in some places, almost completely obscured by vegetation. Janetta, Kaye and Tom concentrated on plants […]

11 Jul

Wildwatch: 11 July 2012 – Ringlets everywhere!

Weather: Sunny intervals at first. Heavy rain later Observers: Dianna, Hanna, Ian, Janetta, Kaj, Kaye, Linda, Lindsay, Sam 1, Sam 2 With there being so many of us this morning, we split into two groups, with Kaye and Kaj going round with the two Sams (on a work experience week), and the others covering the […]

05 Jul

Wildwatch: 4 July 2012 – It’s looking so green now!

Weather: Overcast but mild. No rain! Observers: Ian, Kaye, Linda, Margaret, Tom There’s been quite a bit of rain recently, and everything at St Nicks is looking refreshingly green. Bird song is getting quieter (normally happens in  July / August), but plants, grasses, flowers and trees are flourishing! We all did the Osbaldwick Beck circuit […]

28 Jun

Wildwatch: 27th June 2012 – Three seasons in one

Weather: heavy cloud breaking to give bright spells; warm and humid. Observers: Hannah, Ian2, Kaj, Linda, Kaye In theory it’s mid-summer: the trees are a more uniform green, the grass grows tall, wild flowers flourish, resident birds gradually fall silent. On the other hand, a resolute Greenfinch, a couple of Song Thrushes and several Wrens […]