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Wildwatch January 2020

Highlights Still very few wintering bird visitors or migrants, but lots of invertebrates seen under logs and stones. A surprising number of insects above ground too. First flowers spotted as well as fresh evidence of otter presence.   Weather Wednesdays in January were kind to Wildwatchers, with chilly starts, frequent sun and no rain.   […]

Posted 24 February 2020 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Alder, Cherry Plum, cow parsley, fungi, gorse, Grey Squirrel, hazel, Hogweed, Lungwort, Mammals, Otter, plants, Rabbit, Snowdrop, Turkeytail, Velvet Shank, Wildwatch, Wood Avens

Wildwatch September – December 2019

Highlights Winter birds disappoint, but many new invertebrates found and nine shieldbug species liven up the reserve. Plus a botanical oddity, plenty of fungi and galls.   Weather A mixed bag. The wet Autumn’s heaviest rain fell on non-Wildwatch days. September walks were mainly cloudy following overnight rain. October, November and December brought us a […]

Posted 31 January 2020 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: ash, autumn, berries, Candlesnuff, Chiffchaff, Deadly Nightshade, Earthstar, fungi, galls, Godlcrest, gorse, Grey Squirrel, Grey Wagtail, Hawthorn, hazel, House Martins, ivy, Lamproderma, Oak Bush Cricket, Ragwort, Rowan, Shieldbug, Slime mould, Strawberry Blossom Weevil, teasel, Toadflax, Treecreeper, Wildwatch

Wildwatch winter (December 2018 – February 2019)

Highlights Over-wintering Chiffchaffs are followed by St Nicks earliest ever Chiffchaff song. Other bird winter visitors disappoint, but the reserve’s Gorse Shieldbugs, Sage Leafhoppers, Seven-spot Ladybirds and Rosemary Beetles defy winter and appear most weeks.   Weather Winter Wildwatch began (on 5th December) with heavy rain, but that was the last we saw of it, […]

Posted 25 March 2019 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: ferns, gorse, Hogweed, Mock Strawberry, Winter Aconite

Wildwatch: December 2016 Sightings

Highlights Over-wintering summer visitor? .. skulking rail still present.. blank on Shieldbugs..return of Water Vole.. Lemon Disco! Weather Not surprisingly, temperatures fell throughout the month. 12C was recorded on 7th December, falling to 2C on the 28th, the latter day being bright, sunny and “nithering”! Birds The long-staying Water Rail was seen on all four […]

Posted 14 January 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, fungi, gorse, Gorse Shieldbug, kingfisher, millipede, Water Rail

January 2014: Spotlight on… Gorse

Gorse Ulex europaeus With its dense branches of fearsome spines, Gorse is an unlikely relation of domestic peas and beans. Look more closely at its flowers, and you’ll see a clear similarity to Sweet Peas. On a warm day, the scent is just as good, with notes of vanilla and coconut. The seeds are the […]

Posted 16 January 2014 | Categories: Spotlight on..., Wildwatch | Tags: furze, gorse, ulex

Wildwatch: November 2013 Sightings

  Weather In contrast to last month, the Wildwatch group was blessed with dry Wednesdays! November’s first Wildwatch meeting had overcast skies, but for the other three Wednesdays we enjoyed sunshine or, at least sunny intervals. Temperatures ranged from 3C to 11C. Observers There were fewer of us during November, compared with last month – between five […]

Posted 5 December 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackbird, Candlesnuff, fox, Froghopper, fungi, gorse, Green Dock Beetle, Grey Heron, Grey Wagtail, Hogweed, House Sparrow, Jelly Ear, kingfisher, Mistle Thrush, Oak Marble Gall, Pheasant, Purple Jelly Drops, Reed Mace, Shieldbugs, Siskin, Tree Damsel Bug, Turkey Tail, Woodcock

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 […]

Posted 4 April 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: balsam poplar, cowslips, gorse, snail shells