Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve covers 100 acres of moorland edge adjacent to Cambrai Lines at Catterick and has a remarkable mix of habitats and species. The reserve contains semi-natural woodland, heathland, flower-rich grassland, streams, ponds, a lake, willow and alder carr, coniferous woodlands and wet meadows.

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Foxglove Volunteers have been awarded with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and is often described as the MBE for voluntary groups!

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Making A Start

Thursday, November 23rd 2023

Yesterday team members from National Highways joined us here at Foxglove Covert to pollard and coppi... read more.

Visitor Information (Update)

Monday, November 20th 2023

Due to drainage issues the toilet facilities at the visitor center are unavailable. The reserve is still open but toilet... read more.

Autumn Crafts and Autumn Colours

Thursday, November 2nd 2023

Yesterday we had a successful autumnal crafts day, filled with fantastic creations, including pine-cone owls and de... read more.

Weekend Waxcaps

Monday, October 30th 2023

The North and East Yorkshire Ecological Data Centre ran a Waxcap identification course at Foxglove Covert on Sunday 29th... read more.

Meadows and Ponds

Friday, October 27th 2023

Last week we had two military groups join us as part of their Global Charge Day, an Army sustainability event taking pla... read more.

Meet Foxglove’s New Ranger

Friday, October 20th 2023

Hi, I'm El, the new Ranger here to tell you a little bit about myself and my first week on the reserve. I'm a p... read more.

All Work and No Play?

Friday, October 13th 2023

We had a very productive volunteer task day this week - raking, baling, buring…and pressing… apples to ... read more.

Field Centre open Sunday 15th October 12 noon - 4.00pm

Friday, October 13th 2023

The reserve is open all weekend as usual, but the Field Centre will be closed on Saturday 14th October and the morning o... read more.

Discover Foxglove Covert

The patchwork of habitats across Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve is home to more than 2600 species. Discover the reserve habitats here on our website.

At the heart of the reserve is a modern, purpose-designed Field Centre, a great place to start your visit and learn more about the wildlife of Foxglove Covert. 500m from the Field Centre is a bespoke outdoor classroom.


Upcoming Events

Winter Worky Day

Sunday 10th December 2023 | 10.00am - 3.00pm

PLEASE NOTE, THE FIELD CENTRE DRAINAGE IS BLOCKED. TOILET ACCESS AND WATER USAGE WILL BE LIMITED DURING THE WORKY DAY. Join our staff and volunteers for a fun day of practical habitat management. Will be coppicing willow, burning the cut material on a bonfire (a great way to dry out and keep warm!) Please bring along a packed lunch, come ready for all weather conditions and bring your oldest outdoor clothes as tasks will be mucky. Booking is essential for this FREE event.


Christmas Closing Times

Monday 11th December 2023 |

This holiday season the Field Centre will be closed from December 23rd to January 1st. Regular opening times will resume on January 2nd.


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Learning for Everyone

For school parties and families of all ages there is so much to learn at Foxglove Covert LNR. Our Education Section includes downloadable activities and a planning guide for teachers visiting the reserve.

Find out about the diverse wildlife species living here on our reserve. Learn about our essential bird ringing and conservation work.


Planning Your Visit

Read our guide to help you plan your visit. The post code for satellite navigation is DL9 3PZ


Education Booking Enquiries

Use our online form to make a booking enquiry and choose your activities.


Access to the reserve

Access via Cambrai Lines front gate is always possible at any time during regular hours, outside normal opening hours is by arrangement only.

You will be asked to show photographic ID on entry to the barracks.

Opening Times

Year round opening times are:

Weekdays 9am-5pm
Weekends and Bank Holidays 10am-4pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day

Support a Winning Team

Foxglove Covert needs your support to continue our conservation work and maintain the wonderful habitats, facilities and events.

There are six ways you can help:

You can become a Foxglove Volunteer, join The Friends of Foxglove Covert; subscribe to the 100 Club, take part in our Adopt-A-Box scheme or buy goods from our shop or Amazon Smile.