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Wildwatch: January highlights

Even though this January was the coldest the UK has seen in 10 years, our brilliant Wildwatch team were undeterred by the chilly conditions and still spent lots of time at St Nicks, observing and recording as much wildlife as they could find. Below are some of the team’s highlights for the month. Gorse shieldbugs […]

Posted 19 February 2021 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: bryophyte, Bullfinch, elder, Gorse Shieldbug, hazel, Hazel Catkins, Hazel flowers, Hazelnut, kingfisher, moss, Otter, Siskin, Treecreeper

Wildwatch: December highlights

Despite restrictions, our fantastic Wildwatch team have continued to collect wildlife data for us throughout the pandemic, whether out on their daily exercise or meeting up to do socially distant sessions (when allowed). This has been incredibly useful for us as it means we still have weekly records of the wide range of wildlife found […]

Posted 21 January 2021 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: brambling, Chaffinch, cup fungi, Earth Star fungus, false ladybird beetle, fern smut caterpillar, Hogweed, kingfisher, least pigmy woodlouse, red kite, Siskin, Song Thrush, Wildwatch, winter

Spotlight on… Bird song and calls

Most birds will sing to defend a territory and attract a mate. It might therefore seem a bit counterintuitive to learn birdsong in winter outside of the peak breeding season – and it is true that there are fewer birds singing at this time of year – but that makes their individual songs much easier […]

Posted 19 January 2021 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: Alder, bird song, birds, Goldfinch, kingfisher, robin, teasel

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

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

Volunteer Insights: Kaye and Cliff

For the fourth installment of our volunteer insights, I spoke to Cliff and Kaye who, along with Ian, lead our Wildwatch sessions, to find out more about their volunteering experience. What is your role at St Nicks and what does that involve? Kaye: Currently three of them:  serving as a trustee; a founder member of the […]

Posted 6 June 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: bioblitz, insects, kingfisher, parent bug, retirement, trustee, volunteer, volunteer diary, volunteering, volunteers week, Water Rail, wildlife, Wildwatch

Derwenthorpe Wildwatch: August & September 2017

August was a fairly warm month with temperatures varying between 16 and 21 degrees Celsius. Generally the afternoons were rather overcast but on the 16th we had a particular warm and sunny afternoon. September was slightly cooler, the temperature stayed around 15 degrees each week and like August the afternoons were overcast for the most […]

Posted 31 October 2017 | Categories: Derwenthorpe Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, collard dove, common darter, common lizards, common newt, compact rush, Cream Spot Ladybird, Digger wasp, feverfew, figwort sawfly, great tit, Green Shieldbug, House Martin, Kestrel, kingfisher, large white, longhorn beetle, Marmalade Hoverfly, Parent Shield Bug, pied wagtail, pond dipping, purple loosestrife, red admiral, scarlet pimpernel, Swallow, Swift, water mint, Woundwort Shieldbug, Yarrow

Wildwatch: June 2017

Highlights More breeding bird evidence, including juvenile Blackcaps.. 10 butterfly and 18 hoverfly species.. meadow now carpeted with colourful flowers (and the flower that looks like a bee!) Weather Temperatures stayed below 20C on all the Wildwatch Wednesdays. Sunny intervals and light breezes for the first two Wednesdays. The final Wildwatch of June – the […]

Posted 13 July 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bee Orchid, blackcap, Common Gull, Dunnock, kingfisher, Marmalade Hoverfly, Parent Shield Bug, robin, Small Tortoiseshell butterfly, Speckled Wood butterfly, Straw Dot Moth, White Plume Moth, Yellow Longhorn Beetle

Wildwatch: May 2017

Highlights Record number of hoverflies (including 4 new to St Nicks); scarce summer bird visitor returns (and two stunning juvenile water birds); the magnificent big yellow “L”! Weather Temperatures ranged from 14C to 19C. Some sun (especially on the 3rd and 10th). We stayed dry! Birds On the 3rd, A Whitethroat sang all morning near […]

Posted 13 June 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Germander Speedwell, Green Carpet Moth, Juvenile Robin, kingfisher, ladybirds, Magpie Moth, Ragged Robin, robin, Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Whitethroat