St Nicks

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Rewarding Work And Awarding Work

I think we can all agree that the past few months have been incredibly difficult, and we have observed a lot of change. However, not all change is bad, and it seems the current health crisis has brought about a newfound appreciation for nature (or maybe just more validation in a long-found appreciation). Despite restrictions […]

Posted 23 October 2020 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: green flag community award, Himalayan balsam, Scything, seed sowing, volunteering

From Mexico to the Natural History Museum – via St Nicks!

We have so enjoyed working with Ana Ilse Benavides Lahnstein, St Nicks Volunteer Environmental Education Assistant. Here she shares a bit about herself, her time at St Nicks, and her exciting new role at the Natural History Museum. Q: Tell us a bit about yourself. A: My name is Ana Ilse. Like most humans, I […]

Posted 13 July 2020 | Categories: Volunteers' diary | Tags: citizen science, education, environmental education, volunteer, volunteering

Wildwatch March 2020

New life sprung forth this March at St Nicks – as always. Despite inevitable difficulties, the Wildwatch team was still able to enjoy some great wildlife sightings. Wildwatch groups met as usual on the Wednesday mornings of the 4th and 11th of March – seventeen of us on the latter date. (What a long time ago this […]

Posted 17 April 2020 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: bee fly, bees, blackbird, Blackthorn, Brimstone, Bullfinch, Bumblebees, butterflies, Centipede, Ceriporia, Chiffchaff, Chionodoxa, coltsfoot, comma butterfly, cowslip, flowers, fox, fritillary, fungi, goldcrest, Goldfinch, Gorse Shieldbug, Great spotted woodpecker, Hoverfly, long-tailed tit, march, millipede, newt, Otter, owls, Primrose, robin, slugs, snails, Song Thrush, sparrowhawk, spiders, spring, tawny owl, Treecreeper, volunteer, volunteering, water vole, wildlife, Wildwatch, woodlice, wren, York

Developing York’s Green Corridors – and a big welcome to new volunteer Beki

By Jonathan Dent, St Nicks Natural Habitats Manager. We know that so-called “green corridors” are important. By connecting fragments of green space in the urban landscape, these corridors link access to habitats and reduce the isolation of wildlife populations, enabling plants and animals to flourish and improving biodiversity. They also provide benefits for humans by […]

Posted 4 December 2019 | Categories: Inspiration | Tags: conservation, dales, Grasslands, green corridors, Meadow Keepers, natural habitats, rivers, roe deer, volunteer, volunteering, water voles, wildlife

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

Spotlight on… Woodland structure: One year later

In January 2018, our Natural Habitats Manager, Jonathan, wrote a brilliant spotlight blog about the woodland structure, focusing on the understory. In this blog, Jonathan discussed the background of St Nicks woodland and talked about our plans for improvement as we launched our exciting new project; St Nicks community woodland, funded by the Postcode Local […]

Posted 20 December 2018 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: bats, Bluebell, coppicing, Dunnock, finches, Hawthorn, hazel, hedgehogs, hedgelaying, Holly, Otter, robins, volunteering, water voles, wild garlic, wood anemone, woodlands, wren

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: Kaye and Cliff

For the fourth installment of our volunteer insights, I spoke to Cliff and Kaye who, along with Ian, lead our Wildwatch sessions, to find out more about their volunteering experience. What is your role at St Nicks and what does that involve? Kaye: Currently three of them:  serving as a trustee; a founder member of the […]

Posted 6 June 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: bioblitz, insects, kingfisher, parent bug, retirement, trustee, volunteer, volunteer diary, volunteering, volunteers week, Water Rail, 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

Volunteer Insights: Freya

The second of our volunteer insights comes from Freya who has been volunteering for 2 years at St Nicks, helping with events and leading the Ecotherapy Bearing Fruit sessions. I caught up with Freya to see what appeals to her about volunteering at St Nicks. What is your role at St Nicks and what does […]

Posted 4 June 2018 | Categories: Inspiration, Volunteers' diary | Tags: conservation, ecotherapy, health and wellbeing, identification, mental health, volunteer diary, volunteering, volunteers week, wildflowers