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 September – December 2019

Highlights Winter birds disappoint, but many new invertebrates found and nine shieldbug species liven up the reserve. Plus a botanical oddity, plenty of fungi and galls.   Weather A mixed bag. The wet Autumn’s heaviest rain fell on non-Wildwatch days. September walks were mainly cloudy following overnight rain. October, November and December brought us a […]

Posted 31 January 2020 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: ash, autumn, berries, Candlesnuff, Chiffchaff, Deadly Nightshade, Earthstar, fungi, galls, Godlcrest, gorse, Grey Squirrel, Grey Wagtail, Hawthorn, hazel, House Martins, ivy, Lamproderma, Oak Bush Cricket, Ragwort, Rowan, Shieldbug, Slime mould, Strawberry Blossom Weevil, teasel, Toadflax, Treecreeper, Wildwatch

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: October 2015 Sightings

Highlights Winter & summer birds overlap; striking autumn colours; shieldbugs still bugging, but butterflies have flown Weather Temperatures were generally in the low teens. The 14th was the only Wednesday with any sunshine, whilst on the 28th, heavy rain curtailed the Wildwatch activity after about an hour. Otherwise, conditions were dry, if a little soggy […]

Posted 8 November 2015 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: Chiffchaff, redwing, Siskin, sparrowhawk, teasel, Tit feeding flocks

Spotlight on…. Wild Teasel

  Wild Teasel Dipsacus fullonum Teasels can be found all year, the full-grown plants often standing tall above the surrounding vegetation.  They are biennials, and start off  in their first spring as neat, almost flat rosettes of leaves. The tall flowering stems grow in the second year.  Late July to August is the time to […]

Posted 14 August 2013 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: spotlight, teasel, wild teasel

Wildwatch: 7 August 2013 – Things are buzzing (and fluttering)!

Weather: Mainly sunny, cloudier later, occasional light breeze, 13C to 21 C Observers: Amanda, Cliff, Declan, Ian, Kaye, Linda, Megan, Mike, Nicole, Paul, Preeyus Another good turn-out of Wildwatchers. Ian took newcomers, Megan, Mike & Nicole round, to be joined later by Declan and Preeyus, with an emphasis on birds and butterflies. Kaye led the […]

Posted 9 August 2013 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, Hoverfly, ichneumon wasp, teasel