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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Reserve Update

Sunday, July 7th 2024

Sadly Foxglove Covert LNR remains closed to visitors due to problems with the access gate making it unsafe for use witho... read more.

Would You Like to be a Trustee?

Wednesday, June 5th 2024

This is an exciting opportunity to help enhance the Reserve further as a special place to encourage nature and natural h... read more.

Damselfly Emergence - Exuviae Everywhere!

Monday, May 13th 2024

The last couple of weeks at Foxglove Covert have seen the emergences of many Large Red Damselflies. One particularly war... read more.

Creating a New Path

Sunday, April 28th 2024

This week, volunteers at Foxglove Covert were busy removing old boardwalking and creating a new path along a section of ... read more.

Bumblebee ID

Friday, April 26th 2024

This Sunday at Foxglove Covert the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust held a bumblebee identification and survey training s... read more.

More Dead Hedging

Thursday, April 18th 2024

This Tuesday Foxglove Covert volunteers finished up work on the dead hedge at Spigot Mere. The hedge now runs half th... read more.

Dead Hedging

Thursday, March 7th 2024

This week volunteers have been hard at work creating a new dead hedge to act as a screen along Spigot Mere. This will he... read more.

Beautiful Bird Boxes!

Monday, February 19th 2024

Yesterday, in celebration of National Nest Box Week, Foxglove Covert hosted the Holmedale Community Nature Project's... 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

Access to the Reserve: CLOSED

Monday 20th May 2024 |

Due to security and access problems the reserve is temporarily closed to the public except for organised events.


Dragonfly Walk

Sunday 21st July 2024 | 1pm-3pm

Guided walk around Foxglove Covert LNR to spot and learn about IDing dragonflies and damselflies. Led by county recorder Keith Gittens. Booking essential. Donations welcome.


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.