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Wildwatch: July 2014 Sightings

Highlights A plant re-discovered after a 3 year absence.. a “protective” hoverfly, new for St Nicks.. a bird up a tree (you don’t often find this water bird up a tree!).. more sightings of a endangered mammal. Weather A generally dry, warm month, with temperatures reaching 23C by the middle of the month. Plants The weekly […]

Posted 4 August 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Blue Sow Thistle, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Comb-footed Spider, Common Blue, Common Field Grasshopper, Gatekeeper, Hazelnut, Holly Blue, kingfisher, Lesser Diving Beetle, Mugwort Gall Fly, parent bug, Soapwort, water vole, Yellow Rattle

Wildwatch: March 2014 sightings

Weather: A warmer patch mid-month was sandwiched between a cooler start and end to the month. Fortunately, we managed to stay dry on all four of the Wildwatch walks! A fairly dry month, so the water level in both becks started to drop, exposing muddy banks. Observers: Once again, numbers on the walks were in […]

Posted 31 March 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Box Elder, Brimstone butterfly, Chiffchaff, common frog, cowslip, goldcrest, Great spotted woodpecker, Grey Wagtail, kingfisher, Lungwort, peacock butterfly, small tortoiseshell, Song Thrush, Willow Catkins, wren

Wildwatch: February 2014 Sightings

  Weather: in a wet and relatively mild month, Wednesday mornings were mainly cold and dry, though very muddy. Water in the becks was high early in the month, but kept below flood level. Observers: numbers have remained high, sometimes running to three groups. Birds: the previous month’s high bird counts continued, with a maximum […]

Posted 3 March 2014 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Bullfinch, caddis larva, catkins, Grey Wagtail, kingfisher, long-tailed tit, millipede, peacock butterfly

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: 3 April 2013 – Has Spring Been Cancelled?

Weather: Sunny at first, then sunny intervals. 3 to 5 C. Light NE wind. Feeling cool! Observers: Eithne, Ian, Kaye, Jo, John, Roger At last – a sunny day! But still cold, and still little sign of Spring. It’s as if everything has been put on hold, waiting for a few warm days for all the […]

Posted 4 April 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: carrion crow, kingfisher, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, sparrowhawk, water vole, wren

Wildwatch: 6 February 2013 – Is Spring “just around the corner”?

Weather: Early snow shower cleared to lead to sunny intervals. Cold, Northerly breeze. 2 to  3C. Observers: Ian, Kaye, Kaj Ian went for his usual pre-Wildwatch stroll round Osbaldwick Beck, but was soon driven back to the Environment Centre by a short, heavy snow shower. Then he and Kaye set off early, and covered the North-Eastern […]

Posted 6 February 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: aspen, Bullfinch, catkins, hazel, kingfisher, robin, willow

Wildwatch: 9 January 2013 – The sun smiles on St Nicks!

Weather: Clear, sunny, cool (4C), occasional cold, light breeze Observers: Claire, Ian, Janetta, Kaye Well, after the rain and the dark, overcast skies, we deserved a bright morning.. and that’s what we got today! Cloudless skies, beautiful light, and some lovely sights! Ian was out early for his usual walk around Osbaldwick Beck (getting 16 […]

Posted 11 January 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Alder Catkins, Bullfinch, Grey Squirrel, Hawthorn buds, kingfisher, Siskin

Wildwatch: 12 December 2012 – Nature on a frosty morning

Weather: Thin cloud, calm, cold (-2C) Observers: Ian, Kaye, Roger It was certainly a bit nippy today! But the persisting frost added a new dimension to St Nicks, with everything glistening white and shining, despite the dull light. The calm air encouraged the birds to come out and show themselves, and the plants and trees […]

Posted 12 December 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: carrion crow, Catkin, frost, fungi, kingfisher, magpie, Siskin, teazle

Wildwatch: 17 October 2012 – Blue streak returns to St Nicks!

Weather: Sunny with light breeze after heavy early morning rain Observers: Ian, Janetta The heavy rain, which lasted until 9.30 am probably put some people off coming along, but Janetta and Ian enjoyed a bright sunny morning and the emerging Autumn colours. With there being just two of us, we decided to defer the monthly […]

Posted 17 October 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackbird, kingfisher, Ladybird, Speckled Wood

Wildwatch: 28 March 2012 – Spring! But more like a Summer’s day

Weather: Sunny with clear skies. Cool early morning but warm later Observers: Ian, Kaye, Linda, Lindsay There were sights and sounds of Spring everywhere, but the warmth, sunshine and light made it seem more like a summer’s morning! With the recent dry weather, the water levels in both becks had fallen since last week, but […]

Posted 28 March 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, kingfisher, long-tailed tit, nesting material, wren