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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

Wildwatch: March 2017

Highlights The flowers that bloom in the spring (tra-la!).. the year’s first butterflies appear, and the Harlequinade begins.. mewing in the air and creeping in the garden! Weather Temperatures started to creep up during the month, starting with a cool 4C on the 1st and reaching 11C later on subsequent Wildwatch Wednesdays. There were some […]

Posted 13 April 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Brimstone butterfly, Bumblebees, Chiffchaff, comma butterfly, common buzzard, fox, Fritilliary, goldcrest, kingfisher, ladybirds, Siskin, Snowdrop, sparrowhawk, Treecreeper, Water Rail, white dead nettle

Wildwatch: February 2017

Highlights Winter birds still with us, but signs of Spring.. First hoverfly of the year enjoys the snowdrops, while beetle is one-in-a-thousand Weather Cool (4 – 9C) but with some sunny intervals. The Wildwatch team stayed dry! Birds Winter visitors are, not surprisingly, still with us! Two Redwings flew over on the 8th and there […]

Posted 23 March 2017 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bullfinch, catkins, coltsfoot, goldcrest, Great spotted woodpecker, kingfisher, Otter, redwing, Rove Beetle, Water Rail

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

Spotlight on.. Kingfisher

Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is probably the most “want-to-see” bird at St Nicks! For those people lucky enough to see them, the usual view is a brilliant flash of iridescent blue as the bird flies up and down Tang Hall and Osbaldwick Becks. But Kingfishers spend a lot of time perched, looking in the water for […]

Posted 26 August 2016 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: kingfisher

Wildwatch: September 2015 Sightings

Highlights Shieldbugs shine while hoverflies put on an autumn show… summer lingers on in the bird world… and autumn turns fruitful Weather Once again, we were blessed with rain-free Wildwatch Wednesdays! We had sun or sunny intervals on most days and temperatures stayed in the mid teens. Invertebrates Butterflies were scarce during September with the […]

Posted 8 October 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Birch Shield Bug, blackcap, Chiffchaff, comma butterfly, Common Cross Spider, Devils Bit Scabious, False Blister Bug, Great spotted woodpecker, kingfisher, red admiral, Rosy Rustic Moth, Spiked Pea Gall, Tree Damsel Bug

Wildwatch: July 2015 Sightings

Highlights More breeding bird evidence, and a bad hair day for a scarce bird by Tang Hall Beck.. Warmer July weather brings out more butterflies and dragonflies, plus two more new hoverflies for the reserve.. “Butterfly bush” now in full bloom, and there’s Bindweed everywhere! Weather July started off hot and sunny, with temperatures reaching […]

Posted 5 August 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, breeding, Bullfinch, Corn Marigold, Gatekeeper butterfly, goldcrest, Goldfinch, Hoverfly, juvenile birds, kingfisher, Knapweed, Large Skipper, Ringlet butterfly, Shieldbugs, six-spot burnet, Soapwort, Song Thrush, water vole, Yellow Rattle

Wildwatch: June 2015

Highlights A summer visitor, virtually missing for the past two years, returns.. a spectacular flower display along the Tang Hall Beck path (see below).. Butterfly numbers low, but a spectacular hoverfly brightens a dull month.. more breeding evidence of a nationally endangered species Weather Generally a cool month, with temperatures ranging from 12 – 16C […]

Posted 14 July 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, common whitethroat, dame's violet, dog rose, Green-veined White butterfly, Hairy Shield Bug, Holly Blue butterfly, kingfisher, laburnum, Large Skipper Butterfly, Malachite Beetle, Mugwort Gall Fly, Ribwort Plantain, Wasp Beetle, white campion