St Nicks

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Tag: Hoverfly

Wildwatch: 21st August 2013 – A Bug in the Hand…

Weather: short but heavy showers clearing to sun; breezy Observers: Amanda, Carrie, Cliff, Kaj, Kaye, Linda, Mike, Paul, Tracy The reserve is looking increasingly autumnal, with far more seed heads than flowers, and fruits ripening on a range of trees. The birds are still skulking, but the insects (like this one) are amazing. Mowing was […]

Posted 24 August 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Hoverfly, Shield Bug

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: 24th July 2013 – Fun among the nettles

Weather: hot, humid, mainly sunny Observers: Amanda, Cliff, Declan, Janetta, Kaye, Linda, Maigen, Mike, Tracey In similar conditions to last week’s, except possibly even hotter and more airless, birds continued to be hard to find, one or two plants are experiencing a very short flowering season, but there were clouds of butterflies and small insects. […]

Posted 26 July 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: figwort, Hoverfly, lacewing, mirid bug, moth, Whitethroat

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

Wildwatch: 23 November – At last – a Siskin.. and a possible new flower!

Weather: Overcast, dry, slight breeze, cool. Observers: Kaye, Linda, Phil, Ian The paths on the reserve are now well covered with leaves, and the autumn colours are now fading fast, leaving a greyer, bare-branched landscape. But, far from being dull, St Nicks today was a fascinating place! Birds: A nice sight, as we left the […]

Posted 23 November 2011 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: black nightshade, Hoverfly, Mistle Thrush, Siskin, Song Thrush