February 2020 Wildwatch blog

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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

Wildwatch summer (June – August 2019)

Written by St Nicks Wildwatch members who meet every Wednesday to record wildlife in the nature reserve. All photos were taken at St Nicks by volunteers, including Lewis Outing, during the given period.   Highlights Painted Ladies star in abundant butterfly summer while Shieldbugs and Hoverflies are everywhere. Warblers stay to sing all summer and […]

Posted 13 November 2019 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Bee Orchid, bees, Beetles, Burnet Moths, Buzzards, Chaser, climate change, cranesbills, Damsels, Darter, dog rose, Gatekeeper, Hawkers, Hornet Hoverfly, hoverflies, Jay, Knapweed, Meadow flowers, painted lady, Parakeet, pollinators, ringlet, Shieldbugs, Skippers, Swifts, teasel, Warblers, Wetland flowers, Woodland flowers, Yellow Iris

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

July 2014: Spotlight on… Shieldbugs

Shieldbugs are popular and readily identifiable insects found on the reserve at St Nicks, and can be seen in most months of the year. Unlike beetles, shieldbugs tend not to scuttle away when observed but will pose for photographs. They superficially resemble beetles but are actually part of the bug tribe. All insects are sometimes […]

Posted 15 July 2014 | Categories: Spotlight on..., Wildwatch | Tags: Shieldbugs

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: October 2013 Sightings

Throughout the month, construction work on the Cycle Track prevented us from monitoring wildlife from the Kingfisher Culvert up to the Sluice Bridge Weather: After a very wet start on 2nd, when six soggy observers only managed an hour in the field, conditions improved and ended with a lovely sunny day on 30th. However, heavy […]

Posted 5 November 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Candle-snuff fungus, Chiffchaff, Goldfinch, Harlequin Ladybird, Hollyhock, Nursery Web Spider, rare spider, Shieldbugs, Smooth Newt, Tit feeding flocks