St Nicks

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Wildwatch: May 2015

Highlights Breeding evidence at St Nicks of a nationally endangered species; cold, windy May brought out quality rather than quantity of St Nicks invertebrates; a record number of this elusive summer visitor; white is the predominant colour at St Nicks. Weather Generally cool and breezy, although a sunny Wildwatch on the 13th brought out seven […]

Posted 5 June 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Germander Speedwell, Harlequin Ladybird, Muscid Fly, Oak Flowers, Orange Tip Butterfly, peacock butterfly, Soldier Beetle, Water Aven, water vole

Wildwatch: April 2015

Highlights: First sighting of this bird since 2013.. regular sightings of this endangered mammal.. babies rescued from the pond..Met Office says sunniest April since records began, but insect life slow to appear on cold and not-so-sunny Wednesdays at St Nicks. Weather: Variable conditions throughout the month, but with temperatures slowly rising from 7C on the […]

Posted 7 May 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: beefly, blackcap, Hoverfly, water vole

Wildwatch: September 2014 Sightings

Highlights: Three new plants & six new plant galls.. more “blue flashes” and sightings of the “tree mouse”.. spiders and harvestmen abound, and grasshoppers spring a surprise! Weather: Nationally, and locally, a very dry September, but with just enough rain to keep the two becks flowing. Temperatures on “Wildwatch Wednesdays” ranged from 12C to 20C, […]

Posted 2 October 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, carrion crow, Chiffchaff, comma butterfly, Devils Bit Scabious, Digger wasp, galls, Grasshopper, Hollyhock, Midge Gall, Song Thrush, Tansy Gall, Tree Damsel Bug, Woundwort Shieldbug

Wildwatch: August 2014 Sightings

Highlights Pineapples, Lettuces and a lone Artichoke.. Butterflies disappoint, bugs abound, heaps of hoverflies, shieldbugs shine.. and what’s that “mouse” creeping up a tree? Weather A somewhat cooler August, but temperatures still reaching 20C. The Wildwatch Wednesdays enjoyed sunny intervals on all four days. Invertebrates Butterflies were very disappointing in number. Our August 7th blog […]

Posted 2 September 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Angle Shades moth, Artichoke Gall, Batman hoverfly, blackcap, Chiffchaff, common darter, Earth Star fungus, Gatekeeper butterfly, Goldfinch, Gorse Shieldbug, Hedge Bindweed, Hemp Agrimony, juvenile, long-tailed tit, Mother of Pearl moth, Prickly Lettuce, Treecreeper, Yarrow

May 2014: Spotlight on.. Blackcap

Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla This small bird (wingspan 20 cm – 8 inches) is a spring and summer visitor to St Nicks. It’s not the easiest bird to see (or photograph!) because it often sings in deep cover, in the centre of a bush or small tree. It is best seen in early spring, before there […]

Posted 20 May 2014 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: blackcap

Wildwatch: April 2014 sightings

Weather: Mainly cloudy on all five Wildwatch days, except for sunshine on the 23rd. As expected, temperatures started to rise throughout the month, starting off with 4C to 6C on the 2nd, and up to 15C on the 30th. Observers: Generally smaller numbers than in recent months, but we still had to split into two […]

Posted 13 May 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Chiffchaff, Cream Spot Ladybird, Cuckoo Pint, Fertile Horsetail, Garden Warbler, Green-veined White butterfly, Ground Beetle, Hawthorn Shieldbug, Holly Blue butterfly, Shining Cranesbill, Spotted Snake Millipede, Tree Bumblebee, Water Aven, willow warbler, Woundwort Shieldbug

Wildwatch: February 2014 Sightings

  Weather: in a wet and relatively mild month, Wednesday mornings were mainly cold and dry, though very muddy. Water in the becks was high early in the month, but kept below flood level. Observers: numbers have remained high, sometimes running to three groups. Birds: the previous month’s high bird counts continued, with a maximum […]

Posted 3 March 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Bullfinch, caddis larva, catkins, Grey Wagtail, kingfisher, long-tailed tit, millipede, peacock butterfly

Wildwatch: 28 August 2013 – The fruitful season has started!

Weather: Cloudy, with occasional sunny intervals. Light breeze. 15 to 21 C Observers: Amanda, Cliff, Declan, Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Linda, Paul, Preeyus The run of dry weather continues, although the downpour a week ago has refreshed the flow of water in both becks. Although the weather remains warm, there are signs of the approaching Autumn, […]

Posted 31 August 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, common darter, dragonfly, Hoverfly, juvenile bullfinch

Wildwatch: 7 August 2013 – Things are buzzing (and fluttering)!

Weather: Mainly sunny, cloudier later, occasional light breeze, 13C to 21 C Observers: Amanda, Cliff, Declan, Ian, Kaye, Linda, Megan, Mike, Nicole, Paul, Preeyus Another good turn-out of Wildwatchers. Ian took newcomers, Megan, Mike & Nicole round, to be joined later by Declan and Preeyus, with an emphasis on birds and butterflies. Kaye led the […]

Posted 9 August 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Hoverfly, ichneumon wasp, teasel

Wildwatch: 31 July 2013 – Bundles of butterflies.. and a poo mystery!

Weather: Warm (17C to 21C), overcast, but with sunny intervals. Occasional light SW breeze. Observers: Amanda, Declan, Ian, Janetta, Kaj, Kaye, Linda, Preeyus With eight of us on the Wildwatch today, we decided to split into two groups. Ian and Linda took Declan and Preeyus round, aiming to record birds and butterflies, whilst Kaye and […]

Posted 2 August 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackbird, blackcap, chickory, comma butterfly, fox, Gatekeeper, green-veined white, juvenile, large Rose saw-fly, parent bug, purplke loosestrife, Ringlet butterfly, Tansy, white-tailed bumble bee