St Nicks is a 24-acre Urban Nature Park, which is owned by York City Council and managed by a local community group ‘The Friends of St Nicholas Fields’ which is also a registered charity. Membership is open to all; you do not have to be an expert, and you can have a say in what happens on the park.
The park is rich in both fauna and flora, with many unusual flower species and a large variety of trees and shrubs. Some plants arrived via the city’s rubbish (e.g. Apple and Pear trees) while others came along the old railway line and some by escaping the confines of peoples gardens or being carried by animals and birds or wind blown. Many birds nest or regularly feed on the site including Blue Tit, Wren, Goldfinches, Kingfishers, Tawny Owl, Kestrel and Little Ringed Plovers. Over 20 species of Butterfly have been recorded along the Butterfly walk.