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

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

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