Our response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation More details

A Special Eco Club

Saturday, September 24th 2016

On arrival the wind was blowing fit to bring down the conifers!  This was not good as Eco Club was heading to the ringing room for a ringing demonstration.  Weather forecasts were checked and double checked and obviously the weather had not read them!  Whilst we sat comfortably and had a cup of tea, and of course discussed the weather, the wind dropped considerably so some nets were opened.

The bird ringers showed the children how the birds were ringed and what was involved.

Bird ringers showing ringing to the children

They were able to see how the wing was measured and how the birds were weighed.

Recording data

Using a fluffy toy bird, the children saw how the birds were caught in the net and learned the difference between residents and migrants

How the birds are caught

A huge thank you to all the volunteers involved this morning, making it a very special occasion for the children who were fascinated  to see the birds close up.

Although only a few nets were used, it was an interesting list of species recorded.  Our first Redpolls of the autumn were ringed.  There were several Siskin, Goldfinch and Goldcrest caught.  A five year old Coal Tit was noted. Chiffchaffs can visit the ringing room into the beginning of October and one was caught today.  However it is very rare that a Garden Warbler is still around at this time of year, but a juvenile was processed.

Usually we only ever show photographs of birds in the hand in pristine plumage, but in Aug/Sep the last few species are moulting and don't look their best.  This juvenile Bullfinch is moulting into his adult plumage.  You can see the reddish feathers on his breast and around his beak.  His black head feathers are also begining to show. Today's session took the number of new birds ringed in the reserve to over 57,000, and using the current cost of rings we have spent £2395 on Chaffinch rings alone!  None of this money has come from the Foxglove fund.

A moulting juvenile male Bullfinch

(0) Comments:

There are no comments for this blog post yet. Why not start the discussion? - use the form below:

Leave a Comment:

Please complete this field, it's required. Your email address will not be displayed but it's required.

Your email address will not be displayed but it's required.

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Back to Top

Help Support Foxglove

Friends of Foxglove

The Friends of Foxglove Covert is for those individuals, families and organisations who would like to support the reserve through an annual membership subscription. Friends receive a regular newsletter and invitations to attend our various activities and social events.

More Details

Upcoming Events

Meadow Mayhem

Saturday 4th July 2020 | 10.00am - 12 noon

Celebrate National Meadows Day!

Join us for a morning exploring the many wildflower meadows found at Foxglove. We will be learning how to ID wildflowers and grasses, as well as sweep netting for butterflies and insects and identifying them. This event is part of the Flowers of the Dales Festival

A minimum donation of £5 per person in advance to guarantee a place. Card payments can be taken by phone.

This event is free for Volunteers and Friends of the reserve.

Damsels and Dragons

Sunday 19th July 2020 | 1.00pm start

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Dragonfly and a Damselfly? Can you tell the difference between the different species of blue damselfly? Would you like to learn more about theses fascinating animals that have been around since prehistoric times? Join Keith Gittens for a walk around the beautiful Foxglove ponds (some of which are usually out of bounds to visitors) and observe as many different species as you can. Last year, a new species for the reserve was discovered on this event!

Booking is essential as places are limited. There is a donation of £5 per person to be paid in advance in order to secure a place. Payments now can be made on the phone.

This event is free for Volunteers and Friends of the reserve.


Undergrowth Newsletter

The Dragonflies of Strensall and Foxglove Covert

This book has been published with the aim of enabling people visiting these, immensely important Flagship Pond Sites in North Yorkshire, to identify the dragonflies and damselflies they encounter - by reference to a simple text and photographs. Credits - Yorkshire Dragonfly Group & Freshwater Habitats Trust

Read this Issue

View All The Newsletters

Recent Blog Posts

Blog Archive