St Nicks

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Green spaces, gardening & wellbeing – Relaxation

This blog is part of a series based on the infographic by Decorative Aggregates. Read the previous posts here. In this month’s blog we’ll be looking at how being in a garden or out in nature can help us to relax. There are many daily stressors in life but one of the best ways to […]

Posted 23 November 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: bacteria, breathing, connection, deep breath, earth, ecotherapy, grounding, mental health, mental wellbeing, nature, relaxation, seratonin

Ecotherapy – Connecting to Nature

This is the first in a series of blogs about Ecotherapy – a method of promoting good mental health and physical wellbeing through outdoor activity in the natural environment. With the current situation in the world, many people have been seeing and feeling the benefits of being in nature and rediscovering or fully appreciating their […]

Posted 13 May 2020 | Categories: Back to Basics, Ecotherapy, Inspiration | Tags: appreciate, Bearing Fruit, breathe, bring nature in, connect to nature, ecotherapy, fauna, flora, lockdown, mental health, nature, outdoors, senses, sunset, take time, walk, York

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

Love Letter to Heworth Holme

By St Nicks Volunteer, Tessa McClary   Look under a leaf, and you’ll spot a bright red ladybug. Dig under the carpet of grass, and you’ll see a worm inching its way through the mud. Watch the puddle next to the bund, until a golden frog lopes his way down to the water. If you […]

Posted 22 November 2019 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: nature, Scything, volunteering, wildlife

Volunteer Insights: Jacob

For our final volunteer insight blog, I spoke to Jacob who has been volunteering since September 2017 as part of his studies. Currently at sixth form at Archbishop Holgates, Jacob volunteers to get experience away from the classroom. As a young student still in school education, I thought it would be great to see what […]

Posted 7 June 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: conservation, experience, nature, placement, planting, Scything, Skills, volunteering, wildlife, Wildwatch

Volunteer Insights: Emma and Eleanor

Now on day three of our volunteer blogs, I caught up with Support Volunteers, Emma and Eleanor, who help to supervise the Student Action Volunteers of a Wednesday afternoon, to find out how they feel about volunteering at St Nicks. What is your role at St Nicks and what does that involve? Emma: I am a […]

Posted 5 June 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: nature, planting, seed sowing, students, university, volunteering, volunteers week, water vole, wetland meadow, wildflowers

Why Litter Pick?

Nature Reserve Manager Jonathan Dent tells us why we should care more about what happens to rubbish washing away down the river.  Have you ever noticed the litter that is piling up in your local river or stream? Perhaps not: the following week, it has often disappeared. It’s more than likely that, rather than being […]

Posted 30 May 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Opinion Piece | Tags: boundaries, ecoactive, flooding, litter, litter pick, nature, north sea, plastic ocean, water table, wildlife, york becks

Ecotherapy diary: participant stories

Absorbing and relaxing, helpful, welcoming and friendly, and giving people the chance to learn new things about nature are just some of the ways people describe the Ecotherapy programme at St Nicks. In this blog, three of our participants share their personal stories about their Ecotherapy journey, showing that we really do help people in recovery from […]

Posted 22 December 2017 | Categories: Ecotherapy | Tags: ecotherapy, gardening, green exercise, health and wellbeing, mental health, nature, volunteer, wildlife, wildlife gardening

Spotlight: How they climb

Most of us go up and down steps and slopes without stopping to think about it, unless an injury or advancing age turns it into a conscious effort. Some of us enjoy the physical challenges and rewards of hill walking. A few serious mountaineers get kicks out of trying to get up sheer rock faces. […]

Posted 31 July 2017 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: Bryony, climbers, crampons, flora, how to, ivy, nature, spotligh

Guest post: Down in the meadow

On Friday 16th June we launched our Scything for Grassland Management Project, Tim attended and wrote up this brilliant blog (originally posted here) that summarises the project and the day really well. The Grasslands Management Project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. A bit about Tim: I work in ecology and biodiversity in North […]

Posted 28 June 2017 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: buglife, Colour, conservation, Grasslands, Grasslands management, guest blog, Heritage, heritage skills, Invertebrate, Joy, Learning, management, nature, Nature Reserve, pollinators, Scything, Skills, Urban Nature Reserve, wildflowers, wildlife