Fam­ily-friendly ur­ban bird­ing on a for­mer rub­bish tip

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - PAUL BROOK

ST NICKS, or St Ni­cholas Fields, is a lush pocket of scrub, wood­land and meadow tucked away in the Tang Hall area of York, just one mile from the bustling city cen­tre, with its many tourist at­trac­tions, and many tourists! It’s a great place for all the fam­ily to get close to na­ture, and has a good roll-call of com­mon species, with a par­tic­u­larly gen­er­ous help­ing of Bullfinches, com­mon war­blers through the sum­mer, and plenty of Siskins and Red­wings in the win­ter. Some more un­usual birds have turned up, in­clud­ing a Ring-necked Para­keet seen in Jan­uary 2017, and a Wa­ter Rail which stayed through­out the win­ter last year. St Nicks be­came a lo­cal na­ture re­serve in the 1990s, and has pre­vi­ously been a land­fill site and a brick works. It is now a hub for ed­u­ca­tion, ecother­apy and green liv­ing, with reg­u­lar events and an En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre that opens on week­days.



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