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Wildwatch: March 2015 Sightings

Highlights First summer bird visitor returns.. insects slow to awake in cold month but first hoverflies of the year seen, then a butterfly.. trees in flower! Weather Temperatures stayed around 7C on all four Wildwatch Wednesdays, but managed to creep up to 10C later on the 25th. Most days were sunny, or had sunny intervals, and […]

Posted 9 April 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Blackthorn, Blue Tit, Chiffchaff, comma butterfly, Gorse Shieldbug, harvestman, kingfisher, Lungwort, millipede, Primrose, Violet, Water Rail, wren

Wildwatch: October 2014 Sightings

Highlights: Late departures and early arrivals of birds.. A new botanist, new species for old, and the start of a moss survey.. Flies still flying in warm October, and at least three new insect records for St Nicks this month. Weather: Nationally, the 10th= warmest October since 1910! At St Nicks, the highest Wildwatch Wednesday temperatures […]

Posted 10 November 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Common Cross Spider, Earthball fungus, False Ladybird, galls, goldcrest, Great spotted woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, ichneumon wasp, scandinavian blackbird, Siskin, Swallow, Treecreeper

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

Wildwatch: July 2014 Sightings

Highlights A plant re-discovered after a 3 year absence.. a “protective” hoverfly, new for St Nicks.. a bird up a tree (you don’t often find this water bird up a tree!).. more sightings of a endangered mammal. Weather A generally dry, warm month, with temperatures reaching 23C by the middle of the month. Plants The weekly […]

Posted 4 August 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Blue Sow Thistle, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Comb-footed Spider, Common Blue, Common Field Grasshopper, Gatekeeper, Hazelnut, Holly Blue, kingfisher, Lesser Diving Beetle, Mugwort Gall Fly, parent bug, Soapwort, water vole, Yellow Rattle

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: March 2014 sightings

Weather: A warmer patch mid-month was sandwiched between a cooler start and end to the month. Fortunately, we managed to stay dry on all four of the Wildwatch walks! A fairly dry month, so the water level in both becks started to drop, exposing muddy banks. Observers: Once again, numbers on the walks were in […]

Posted 31 March 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Box Elder, Brimstone butterfly, Chiffchaff, common frog, cowslip, goldcrest, Great spotted woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, kingfisher, Lungwort, peacock butterfly, small tortoiseshell, Song Thrush, Willow Catkins, wren

Wildwatch: October 2013 Sightings

Throughout the month, construction work on the Cycle Track prevented us from monitoring wildlife from the Kingfisher Culvert up to the Sluice Bridge Weather: After a very wet start on 2nd, when six soggy observers only managed an hour in the field, conditions improved and ended with a lovely sunny day on 30th. However, heavy […]

Posted 5 November 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Candle-snuff fungus, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Harlequin Ladybird, Hollyhock, Nursery Web Spider, rare spider, Shieldbugs, Smooth Newt, Tit feeding flocks

Wildwatch: 19 June 2013 – a Lazy Plant, a Poisonous Moth – and a Soggy Sparrow!

Weather: Some cloud, some sunshine, a warm 19C – 23C Observers: Cliff, Kaj, Ian, Linda, Tim, Tracey With Kaye tied up with St Nicks admin duties, we were heavily reliant on Cliff for some botany expertise, as well as his excellent spotting and photography of insects. Kaye did manage a trip round the reserve on […]

Posted 20 June 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Chiffchaff, Cinnabar Moth, Common Froghopper, Corncockle, Goat's Beard, Great spotted woodpecker, Harlequin Ladybird, Soldier Beetle, Speckled Wood butterfly

Wildwatch: 22 May 2013 – At last – Return of a Summer Visitor!

Weather: Cloudy at first, sunny intervals later. Light winds. 9 to 12C Observers: Carrie, Cliff, Ian, Kaye, Janetta It felt a little more Spring-like today, with more flowers emerging, and bird song strong and vibrant! We welcomed Cliff to our group today, and being knowledgeable about insects, especially hover flies, his input (and photos) were […]

Posted 24 May 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Bluebell, Bracket Fungus, Chiffchaff, Germander Speedwell, Hoverfly, Speckled Wood, Whitethroat, wren