St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

10 May

Wildwatch: 9 May 2012 – Nest Building & Bugs!

Weather: Sunny intervals, light breeze Observers: Carrie, Hannah, Ian, Janetta, Kaj, Kaye, Linda, Lindsey, Richard After a discussion with Jonathan, the Volunteer Co-ordinator, about the involvement of the group in more systematic studies of the wildlife, we split into two teams. Some of us went with Richard, to observe and participate in his detailed studies […]

03 May

Wildwatch: 2 May 2012 – Blackcaps 4, Kingfishers 0!

Weather: Sunny intervals, light, cool breeze, warmer through morning Observers: Carrie, Ian, Linda, Lindsay, Kaj, Kaye Nice to feel the sun on our faces! Despite the heavy rain and flooding over the past week, the reserve has dried out nicely. Last Friday, Tang Hall Beck was about 50 feet wide and even the culvert was […]

27 Apr

Wildwatch: 25th April 2012 – It might have been a Blackcap

Weather: Overcast, turning to rain. Strengthening wind. Chilly. Observers: Janetta, Lindsay, Philip, Vicky, Kaye The forecast rain luckily held off until the end of the morning. Tang Hall Beck, which was almost at flood level on Saturday, had dropped considerably but was still higher than usual and running fast between very muddy banks. The paths […]

19 Apr

Wildwatch: 18th April 2012 – Rain stops play

Weather: wet, cool, light breeze. Observers: Linda, Lindsay, Richard, Kaye Plans for an in-depth area bird watch followed by a bug study had to be postponed because of increasingly heavy rain. Richard checked out his proposed transect and a couple of alternative sites, but found that even the woodlice had gone too deep into shelter […]

12 Apr

Wildwatch: 11th April 2012 – Beetle Drive

Weather: Changeable. Warm in full sun; chilly under cloud. Occasional light showers. Observers: Aingeal, Carrie, Janetta, Linda, Lindsay, Richard, Kaye Cooler weather over the last week hasn’t deterred trees and herbaceous plants, and the reserve continues to grow greener every day. The Environment Centre garden and pond are well worth a visit. Intermittent rain has […]

04 Apr

Wildwatch: 4 April 2012 – Ugh! Where did Spring go?

Weather: Wet, windy, cold! Observers: Kaye, Ian We have to count ourselves lucky, we suppose! Whilst upland areas were having snow dumped on them, here at St Nicks we simply had to endure rain and cold winds. But the birds were still singing (well, some of them), and flowers and leaves were still coming out […]

28 Mar

Wildwatch: 28 March 2012 – Spring! But more like a Summer’s day

Weather: Sunny with clear skies. Cool early morning but warm later Observers: Ian, Kaye, Linda, Lindsay There were sights and sounds of Spring everywhere, but the warmth, sunshine and light made it seem more like a summer’s morning! With the recent dry weather, the water levels in both becks had fallen since last week, but […]

21 Mar

Wildwatch: 21st March 2012 – Dead Chiffed!

Weather:  overcast, cool. Observers: Kaj, Lindsay, Kaye Birds: With Ian away running a workshop at Blacktoft Sands, we were of course anxious to see something exciting.  There have been quite a few reports of Chiffchaffs arriving in the area, and this was Kaye’s target in a short foray at 9.15.  She was delighted to hear […]

14 Mar

Wildwatch: 14 March 2012 – Nest building under way

Weather: Overcast, cool, slight S. breeze Observers: Alex, German, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Linda, Lindsay Three new people swelled the Wildwatch group to seven people today, so, after a walk round Osbaldwick Beck, we split into two parties. Ian, Alex, German and Lindsay went off to concentrate on bird life, whilst Kaye, Linda and Janetta focused their […]

07 Mar

Wildwatch: 7 March 2012 – Tang Hall Beck Revealed!

Weather: Overcast at first, then sunny intervals. Cool breeze at times. Observers: Barbara, Ian, Kaye, Kaj Spring is unstoppable! Despite a wet weekend and overcast skies, there are more flowers and blossoms emerging on the reserve. Both becks had subsided after the rain and, although flowing well, there was little water over the small flood […]