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

Campfire Cookery

Tuesday, February 19th 2019

It was a day for fire experiments, and with an expert in Forest School with lots of tricks up her sleeve, baked potatoes... read more.

Mud, Glorious Mud!

Monday, February 18th 2019

Just when we thought there was enough mud on the wetland, work has started on the new far Moor scrapes, as well as dredg... read more.

Lots of Birds

Sunday, February 17th 2019

 Ringing was in doubt, even as the bird ringers arrived at Foxglove.  The forecast said strong winds and drivi... read more.

Butterflies, Bonfires and a Blast From The Past

Friday, February 15th 2019

Morning mist soon cleared to leave behind glorious blue skies. There was a definite feel of Spring in the air, confirmed... read more.

Branching Out!

Thursday, February 14th 2019

Team Thursday were faced with new challenges this morning and a break from the usual tasks of burning brash and coppicin... read more.

Wednesday Moths!

Wednesday, February 13th 2019

It's been a successful morning for the Wednesday moth team. With favourable conditions last night without too much w... read more.

Coppicing Galore

Tuesday, February 12th 2019

It has been another full on day of coppicing in Coupe 5. It was a mild dry day, which made it perfect to stump treat man... read more.

Ice and Fire

Thursday, February 7th 2019

The first job of the day was to clear a moat in the Scrapes in order to get a digger in to clear them out. It was a wade... 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

Bird Box Building- FULLY BOOKED

Monday 25th February 2019 | 10:00 - 12:00

A walk around the reserve to look at some of our nest boxes and to discuss how they have been used, then building bird boxes to take home! Suggested donation is £2.50 per participant plus £3.50 per box built to cover the cost of materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential.


Fantastic Fire- FULLY BOOKED

Wednesday 27th February 2019 | 10:00 - 12:00

Come and learn how to light a fire using flint and steel and to cook on an open camp fire. Bannock, twister dough, popcorn, jacket potatoes and smores are all on the menu. Please wear old warm clothes. Booking essential. Donation of £5 per head to cover food costs.


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.