A Weather Mixture

Saturday, October 5th 2019

The weather is variable to say the least.  A mixture of everything but snow!  Hope I haven't spoken too soon!  Flower quantity is low but there are still many species in flower.  Hemp Agrimony is one and will still be available for some days yet, for any brave butterflies and bees who venture out on warm sunny days.

Some of the clumps have already set seed.  I think the seed head is more atractive than the flower.

Devil's Bit Scabious is also flowering in the more sheltered areas.  It is ideal for catching those fine drizzly rain drops.

Rain drops on grasses sometimes defy gravity.

Scrutiny of the forecast on Tuesday night suggested that we could have a good catch, mild early then cold.   Not to be.  We recorded four moths and one of those was on the Field Centre.  A Red-line Quaker was released and was well camouflaged on the log.

Some moths on the wing at this time of year rely on Ivy for food and it is just coming into flower.  Other insects also value it as a food source and a tiny fly can be seen.  If you look closely there are silken threads across parts of the flower, so a spider is hiding somewhere.

Conditions are improving for fungi and small ones are beginning to appear.  A small clump was growing on a decaying log, providing food, probably for slugs or snails.

Whilst examining this fungi we spotted a rare find, Green Elfcup.  This fungi stains the wood green but we do not often find the fruiting bodies.

(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

Owl Pellet Discovery - CANCELLED

Wednesday 8th April 2020 | 10.30am start

The events programme has been temporarily withdrawn. For up to date information this website, FaceBook and other forms of social media should be consulted. If you have donated in advance to secure a place on an event you will be contacted over the next few days and offered a refund. We apologise for this inconvenience.

Come and learn all about the different  owl species that live in North Yorkshire. Find out what they eat by dissecting their pellets and identifying the contents.  Recommended for ages 7 years upwards. 

Booking is essential as places are limited.

Suggested minimum donation of £5 per person. Please donate in advance to secure a place.

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

Richmond Coffee Morning - POSTPONED

Thursday 9th April 2020 | 9.00am - 12 noon

Due to the current situation, the coffee morning has been postponed. The next is planned for October 22nd.

Come and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea or coffee and a 'sticky' at Richmond Town Hall.  There will be a raffle, tombola and a stall selling delicious homemade cakes!  All proceeds from this fundraising event go towards the running costs of the reserve. 

If you would like to donate any cakes or items for the raffle or tombola please take them to the field centre beforehand or to Richmond Town Hall on the day.  No need to book, just turn up!


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