St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

29 Feb

Wildwatch: 29 February 2012 – Seeing double at Tang Hall Beck

Weather: Dull, overcast, cool, occasional light breeze Observers: Ian, Kaye, Linda, Phil A dull, gloomy-looking day wasn’t able to hide the fact that Spring is definitely starting 🙂 Birds were singing (and in one case, displaying), blossom was starting to emerge, and flowers were seen in increasing numbers. And there was double, double delight at […]

22 Feb

Wildwatch: 22 February 2012 – Where are our young Bullfinches?

Weather: Overcast, some drizzle, cool breeze. Observers: Carrie, Ginny, Ian, Kaye, Kaj, Linda A rather damp start to our walk, but not as wet as we thought it might be! Water levels in both becks had dropped over the past week, but there was still a good flow of water through both of them. There […]

18 Feb

Wildwatch: 18 February 2012 – “Taster” morning

This morning we held a “taster” morning, aimed at showing people what our Wildwatch Group gets up to every Wednesday morning. Nine people attended the event, including members of the Wildwatch Group. We split up into two teams, with Kaye leading the “Trees and Plants” spotting group and Ian leading the “Bird and Mammal” spotting […]

15 Feb

Wildwatch: 15 February 2012 – Early signs of Spring

Weather: Mild, sunny intervals, light NW breeze Observers: Carrie, Ian, Janetta, Kaj, Kaye, Linda, Phil, Rachel The snow has now all melted, but the pond at the Environment Centre remained frozen. Melt water resulted in high levels in both becks. Although only mid-February, there were some early signs of Spring. With so many observers, we […]

08 Feb

Wildwatch: 8 February 2012 – New winter visitor to our winter wonderland!

Weather: Cloudy & dull, cold, no wind Observers: Kaye, Linda, Ian, Phil Saturday night’s snow covered St Nicks to a depth of 4 – 5 inches, and very little has melted since then. The eco-volunteers have been busy clearing some of the main paths, but much of the reserve remains blanketed under snow. The dull […]

07 Feb

Bearing Fruit: Monday 23rd January 2012 – Creating the Soft Fruit Garden

Present: Jonathan, Paul, Stephen, Steven, Eileen, Darren Today work started on creating an area to grow a selection of soft fruits at St Nicks. After spending so much time planning last week, everyone was excited and ready to get stuck in. With his horticultural background, Paul took the lead of this project and soon a […]

07 Feb

Bearing Fruit: 16th January 2012 – Exciting new projects and rescuing some Hazels!

Present: Jonathan, Paul, Eileen, Stephen and Darren Secure in the knowledge that St Nicks’ Community Orchard was finally in the ground and waiting for spring to come around, the Bearing Fruit Core Group could now concentrate on what interesting projects Year Two of the project might bring. Two such projects will include taking over the […]

02 Feb

Wildwatch: 1st February 2012 – Arctic Spring

Weather: Bright, still, often sunny, but bitterly cold. Observers: Kaj, Janetta, Phil, Kaye. The reserve looked beautiful, with the sun highlighting the stems of Dogwood and greening Willow, but the sheet of ice on the pond should have warned us…. Birds: Setting off from the Centre, we stopped to try and count the House Sparrows […]

01 Feb

Orchard Planting

After nine months of planning and preparation, St Nicks’ very own community orchard is finally in the ground, ready to flourish and provide a free and delicious food source for the surrounding community! Bearing Fruit ended up hosting four separate planting sessions to get all of the trees in, but it was worth it as […]

28 Jan

Wildwatch: 28th January 2012 – Saturday Extra

In cold, still, sunny weather, ten visitors joined Ivana and three Wildwatch regulars to take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. We decided we had enough confident observers to cover seven different areas of the reserve, including the Environment Centre garden. Between us we found 20 species – not quite as high as on […]