St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Tag: small skipper

Spotlight on.. Skipper butterflies

The month of June heralds the emergence of Skipper butterflies at St Nicks, bringing a welcome gleam of gold on flower heads, especially in the grassy areas. Of the eight British skipper species Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris and Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus can always be found on the reserve in summer, while a further two […]

Posted 25 May 2017 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: butterfly, Large Skipper, Skipper Butterfly, small skipper

5 fantastic facts about butterflies

This week we’re celebrating all things butterfly by listing 5 facts you might not have known about this majestic metamorphic insect. We hope these facts will inspire you to take part in the Big Butterfly Count – a survey you can do in your own garden or local green space to help Butterfly Conservation keep […]

Posted 5 August 2014 | Categories: Inspiration | Tags: Buddleia, butterfly, Comma, Common Blue, insect, ringlet, small skipper, small tortoiseshell

Wildwatch: 17 July 2013 – Plants and butterflies rule!

Weather: Hot, with sunny intervals: 20C to 28 C. Occasional calm and cooling breeze Observers: Amanda, Carrie, Declan, Ian, Linda, Natasha, Sarah, Tracey Well, at the height of the plant flowering season, we were without our plant and flower experts, Janetta and Kaye. But Linda and Carrie stepped nobly up to the line, and with […]

Posted 19 July 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, breeding, Brown Hawker, comma butterfly, Great Mullein, Knapweed, Mugwort, ringlet, small skipper, Tansy, Yarrow

Wildwatch: 18 July 2012 – The reserve is blooming!

Weather: Sunny intervals, warm, breezy Observers: Ian, Janetta, Kaye, Kaj, Tom The list of flowering plants continues to grow in length, with several species having bloomed during the past week. The seasonal growth has returned to Osbaldwick Beck, which is, in some places, almost completely obscured by vegetation. Janetta, Kaye and Tom concentrated on plants […]

Posted 20 July 2012 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: hazle nuts, pheasant nest, plant list, self heal, six-spot burnet, small skipper