St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

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How to centre young people’s voices

St Nicks’ Green Mentor Freya Lovett poses the questions we all need to ask to make sure our young people’s ideas make a real difference to people, nature and planet.   Through our part in the nationwide Green Influencers project, we work with young people aged between 10 – 14 years old to help them […]

Posted 25 August 2021 | Categories: Green Influencers, Inspiration | Tags: campaigning, empowerment, engagement, green influencers, inclusion, participation, tree planting, wildlife, young people

Wildwatch: March-May highlights

Spring was certainly a very exciting time for our Wildwatch team with lots of amazing new discoveries and the return of a few familiar friends. For some of our Wildwatch team, just getting back to St Nicks following lockdown was a highlight in itself (and a highlight for us too as our team are amazing […]

Posted 6 June 2021 | Categories: Wildwatch | Tags: blackcap, butterflies, cardinal beetle, Chiffchaff, false oxlips, galls, leafhopper, Otter, redpoll, Stock Dove, Sycamore, Water Aven, Whitethroat, wildlife, Wildwatch, woodlice

How to rewild yourself and reconnect with nature

We hear a lot these days about how to rewild nature – a form of conservation and ecological restoration that has significant potential to increase biodiversity through letting things take their natural course, reintroducing native species and not having too much human interference. But is it also possible to rewild ourselves? This could mean doing […]

Posted 11 May 2021 | Categories: Ecotherapy | Tags: ecotherapy, foraging, garden, mental wellbeing, nature, nature connectedness, nature journal, plants, rewilding, senses, weather, wellbeing, wildlife

Meet the Team: Green Mentor, Freya Lovett

What is your role at St Nicks? My role is a Green Mentor which involves working with young people aged 10-14 to help them organise their own environmental projects. I also lead the Ecotherapy Bearing Fruit group but I’ll save talking about that for another time. In what ways have you been involved in environmental […]

Posted 8 April 2021 | Categories: Interview | Tags: ecosystems, environmental action, green influencers, green mentor, habitats, litter, mentor, nature, parents, schools, social action, wildlife, young people, youth

Spotlight on… Red Kites

This blog has been written by the incredibly knowledgeable Phil Taylor from Green Underwing who also leads our Discover Nature Ecotherapy session. Recently I saw a red kite flying over the road near Rufforth and this prompted me to explore the history of this bird of prey. Red kites are a magnificent part of British […]

Posted 17 December 2020 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: conservation, red kite, reintroduction, wildlife

Himalayan Balsam – the scourge of our rivers!

Every year in May we get a little obsessive about Himalayan balsam. For those who don’t know it, this is a highly invasive plant which has taken over river banks, becks and ditches across the country. Whether it’s the Ouse, the Foss or local becks like Tang Hall and Osbaldwick, you don’t have to go […]

Posted 20 August 2020 | Categories: Spotlight on... | Tags: Himalayan balsam, wildlife, york becks

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

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

Spotlight on… Tawny Mining Bee and Bee Fly

The Tawny Mining Bee (Andrena fulva) and the Bee Fly (Bombylius major) have a story to tell. The first is a solitary bee while the second is not a bee but a fly impersonating one. Both can be seen on the reserve at St Nicks from April to June. The Bee Fly tries to stay as […]

Posted 14 April 2020 | Categories: Spotlight on..., Wildwatch | Tags: Andrena, bee, beefly, Bombylius, fly, solitary bee, spotlight, spring, wildlife, Wildwatch, York

Keeping connected to nature: even during lockdown

Hard times for us all. So many pressing concerns. Not least of these, for many of us, is the way in which our access to the natural world has suddenly become so constricted. Absence, it is said, makes the heart grow fonder. How true this seems now, regarding not just family and friends, but also […]

Posted 31 March 2020 | Categories: Ecotherapy, Opinion Piece, Wildwatch | Tags: blackbird, Bumblebee, butterfly, Celandine, Chiffchaff, coltsfoot, comma butterfly, cowslip, ecotherapy, Goldfinch, Hoverfly, kingfisher, Ladybird, magpie, Otter, poplar, robin, Shieldbug, volunteer, wildlife, wildlife gardening, Wildwatch, Woodlouse, York