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A Spectacular Seabird

Tuesday, June 27th 2017

Not one, but two unusual and exciting happenings occurred at Foxglove today: We hosted Brigadier Dalton, head of the DIO Training Estate and we also received delivery of our new taxidermy display – a gannet – from taxidermist Brain Lancaster. We even got a photo of the meeting of these two events!

The gannet was found locally last year, around 40 miles from the nearest coast and 70 miles from the nearest gannet colony. Unfortunately this stunning seabird was not at all well and died shortly after it was found. However, taxidermied now in a dramatic diving position it will be used to help people to learn about these beautiful birds and their impressive adaptations – of which they have a number to prepare them for the impact of their dives from heights of up to 40m and at speeds of up to 60mph! It’ll be going up on display in the next couple of days – why not come and see it?!

Meanwhile our wonderful Tuesday volunteers continued busily beavering away at all kinds of jobs around the reserve: Filling bird feeders, clearing an area for the chainsaw carver (come along for Foxglove 25 on 15th and 16th of July to see them in action), painting new net ride signs,

strimming, and leaf blowing, weeding and repairing paths.

Thank you very much to all who helped today.


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