St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

Climate change at St Nicks

For the love of St Nicks

A summer 2019 update to this page can be found on our blog.

Over the years our volunteers have helped us record information about wildlife and the weather at St Nicks, and together we have spotted patterns that tend to support national research on climate change. The list below will only continue to grow – unless we all act. It may not seem long but insect populations affect the food we eat while disastrous flooding impacts on local communities and livelihoods.

Shifting wildlife species:

All of the listed examples are insects but it is very likely that other species will expand and move north. Insects tend to respond faster than birds or mammals to temperature changes because they are cold blooded and often need a certain temperature threshold for activity. We are already seeing some changes in migrating birds – our Wildwatch has reported seeing chiffchafs in winter – and expect to see other species following suit.

Many thanks go to Wildwatch volunteer Yusef Samari who has done this research for us!



Dec 2015 meadow behind the Centre flooded

Dec 2015 – meadow behind the Centre flooded

Extreme weather events and changes to seasons:


As members of the Climate Coalition we believe that there is still time to act and climate change actions have numerous side benefits:

better world cartoonAnd should climate change turn out to be not as serious as predicted, we will still have a created a better world by acting on it (as this cheeky cartoon illustrates) – will you join in?


This page was last updated 28 Aug 2019