St Nicks Wildwatch blog post, April 2020

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Wildwatch April 2020

Wildlife at St Nicks has been flourishing this spring. Wildwatch volunteers would normally be meeting every week to record – and enjoy – this. Alas, this is impossible right now. However, several Wildwatchers have been able to visit individually and share their sightings with us all. And of course staff members continue to do essential […]

Posted 11 May 2020 | Categories: Spotlight on..., Wildwatch | Tags: apple, bee fly, Bird Cherry, blackbird, blackcap, Blackthorn, Brimstone, Bullfinch, Bumblebees, butterlies, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, comma butterfly, cowslip, cuckoo bee, fritillary, gall, Goldfinch, Gorse Shieldbug, Grey Squirrel, Hawthorn, Hoverfly, kingfisher, ladybirds, mussel, nature, newt, orange tip, Otter, owl pellet, peacock, plant galls, plastic, Rabbit, robin, snail, solitary bees, Song Thrush, sparrowhawk, Speckled Wood, spring, tawny owl, Treecreeper, Violet, volunteer, wildlife, Wildwatch, willow warbler, wren, York

Wildwatch March 2020

New life sprung forth this March at St Nicks – as always. Despite inevitable difficulties, the Wildwatch team was still able to enjoy some great wildlife sightings. Wildwatch groups met as usual on the Wednesday mornings of the 4th and 11th of March – seventeen of us on the latter date. (What a long time ago this […]

Posted 17 April 2020 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: bee fly, bees, blackbird, Blackthorn, Brimstone, Bullfinch, Bumblebees, butterflies, Centipede, Ceriporia, Chiffchaff, Chionodoxa, coltsfoot, comma butterfly, cowslip, flowers, fox, fritillary, fungi, goldcrest, Goldfinch, Gorse Shieldbug, Great spotted woodpecker, Hoverfly, long-tailed tit, march, millipede, newt, Otter, owls, Primrose, robin, slugs, snails, Song Thrush, sparrowhawk, spiders, spring, tawny owl, Treecreeper, volunteer, volunteering, water vole, wildlife, Wildwatch, woodlice, wren, York

Keeping connected to nature: even during lockdown

Hard times for us all. So many pressing concerns. Not least of these, for many of us, is the way in which our access to the natural world has suddenly become so constricted. Absence, it is said, makes the heart grow fonder. How true this seems now, regarding not just family and friends, but also […]

Posted 31 March 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Opinion Piece, Wildwatch | Tags: blackbird, Bumblebee, butterfly, Celandine, Chiffchaff, coltsfoot, comma butterfly, cowslip, ecotherapy, Goldfinch, Hoverfly, kingfisher, Ladybird, magpie, Otter, poplar, robin, Shieldbug, volunteer, wildlife, wildlife gardening, Wildwatch, Woodlouse, York

Wildwatch February 2020

Headline Early spring blossom brings out the queen bees, while some winter bird visitors depart. Plenty to see under logs, too.   Weather February 2020 was officially the UK’s wettest February since records began 160 years ago, but happily every Wildwatch Wednesday at St Nicks in February dawned frosty and sunny.   Birds 27 bird […]

Posted 20 March 2020 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Abraham-Isaac-Jacob, Alkanet, aspen, Beetles, Bumblebee, Celandine, coltsfoot, Comfrey, cowslip, Daffodil, Elfcup, fungi, Grey Squirrel, hoverflies, kingfisher, ladybirds, Lungwort, Mammals, millipedes, plants, Primrose, redwing, Shieldbugs, Slime mould, slugs, Snowdrop, Song Thrush, spiders, springtails, teasel, Violet, Wildwatch. February 2020, woodpecker, yew

Wildwatch spring (March – May 2019)

Highlights Summer migrant warblers put on a good show while Red Kite surprised everyone. Beetles, Hoverflies and Bees were the stars of the insect world. St Nicks’ trees sprung into leaf and flowered as beautifully as ever, whilst cowslips and fritillaries led the way in brightening up the meadows.   Weather After an exceptionally warm […]

Posted 26 June 2019 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Abraham-Isaac-Jacob, Birds foot trefoil, cow parsley, cowslip, cranesbills, fritillary, Garlic Mustard, legumes, newt, Primrose, Red Lungwort, shrubs, trees, White Comfrey, Wildwatch

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: 8th May 2013 – Oak before Ash??

Weather: overcast with showers, cool at first, light breeze. Observers: Linda, Kaye What a contrast with the weekend’s mini heatwave! But the showers were a welcome refreshment for yet more leaves and flowers, and the birds seemed to like it – at any rate they were much more in evidence than last week. The new […]

Posted 8 May 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, cowslip, Cuckoo Flower, green alkanet, Song Thrush

May 2013: Spotlight on Cowslip

  Cowslip Primula veris Cowslips are easy to see and almost impossible to confuse with anything else. Stems of scented yellow flowers rise from rosettes of simple, elongated leaves. Each petal has a deep orange spot at the base, which occasionally produces a variant form with yellow markings on orange petals. The flowers provide a […]

Posted 7 May 2013 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: cowslip

Wildwatch: 1st May 2013 – Mayday! Mayday!

Weather: sunny, warm in the sun, breezy Observers: Doug, Janetta, Kaj, Kaye For weeks we’ve been predicting a sudden surge. At last it’s happening! It’s brilliant but induces a sense of panic in our record-keepers – far too much to do in one short session even when we can remember perfectly what we learnt last […]

Posted 2 May 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, caddis, Chiffchaff, Comma, cowslip, fritillary, orange tip, tadpole

Wildwatch: 24th April 2013 – Sorting Little Brown Jobs

Weather: Warm, sunny, breezy Observers: Linda, Roger The first really warm Wednesday of the year brought out more birds than watchers. Linda and Roger rose to the challenge magnificently. Linda’s report gives the flavour of the morning: “We sat for a while on a fallen log and just watched everything around us.. went to the […]

Posted 25 April 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Brimstone, Chiffchaff, coltsfoot, Comma, cowslip