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.

Latest from the Foxglove Covert Blog

Machinery Mayhem

Tuesday, January 22nd 2019

It's been a day for tractors, dumper trucks, quad bikes and chainsaws. Work has continued up in the conifer woodland... read more.

Interviews and Big Projects

Monday, January 21st 2019

Following a visit from BFBS Catterick (British Services Broadcasting Service) last Tuesday, the radio feature can be fou... read more.
Raising the nets


Sunday, January 20th 2019

It was the first ringing day of 2019.  The sky was shot with pink as the nets were raised. Net rounds returned s... read more.
Male Hazel Catkins

New on the Observation Board

Saturday, January 19th 2019

December and January do not create too many enteries on the Observation Board, so we are always pleased when we can add ... read more.

Log Piles and Barn Owls

Thursday, January 17th 2019

It's been a glorious sunny day on the reserve, and what felt like the first proper day of winter with a cold wind an... read more.

Team Wednesday

Wednesday, January 16th 2019

Team Wednesday were hard at work today organising the Field Centre. At times it looked as though they were making more m... read more.

A Visit From BFBS

Wednesday, January 16th 2019

Welcome to our new and improved website. This was a Management Group initiative which they see as the reserve’s sh... read more.
Felled conifers

If You Go Down To The Woods Today…

Sunday, January 13th 2019

You're sure of a big surprise as Sean and his team from Yorkshire Tree Specialists have certainly left their mark! ... 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

Foxglove Covert LNR AGM 2019

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 | 7.00pm

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 at Wathgill. If you wish to attend please inform the Reserve Managers, or book a place on here. Booking is essential due to security.


February Winter Worky Day

Saturday 2nd February 2019 | 10:00 - 15:00

Join our Volunteers and Reserve Managers for a fun day of practical habitat management tasks.  Specific tasks will be chosen nearer the time.  Come ready for all weather conditions and bring your oldest outdoor clothes as tasks will be mucky and may involve bonfires. Booking is essential for this FREE event as a hot cooked lunch will be provided.


Latest Newsletters


Undergrowth Newsletter Autumn 2018

A busy summer at Foxglove. Read about bird ringing near and far and lots of species.

  Read this Issue (PDF)


Undergrowth Newsletter Spring 2018

An update on recent events and projects on the reserve and more.

  Read this Issue (PDF)


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.