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Bluebells, Bogbean and Betty’s Benches

Friday, May 22nd 2020

Bluebells always flower late at Foxglove because it is high above sea level. They are an indicator of ancient woodland and grow all around the reserve. This bank in the woodland is managed especially for them.

They are also abundant on the moorland where trees once stood.


In the scrapes, Bogbean has been in flower for a while. The starry, white flowers are a pretty sight. It is an aquatic perennial which blooms from March until June. Its common name comes from the leaves, which are shaped a little like those of broad beans!

Staff have been busy arranging the picnic benches to accomodate the new ones that were kindly donated by Bettys Tearooms. For a short while, it looked as though Gerry and Ian were playing a game of giant Jenga on the front lawn!

The new benches are all in place now and are a welcome addition to the visitor facilities.

Our thanks to Bettys!

The wildlife has been enjoying an undisturbed few weeks, this toad was discovered wandering alongside one of the footpaths today!

The reserve is beginning to re- open gradually and is there to be enjoyed but the need for rigid bio-security measures and a common sense approach to the health requirements of all who visit really must be understood. All are welcome but the availability of facilities is likely to change on an irregular basis and everyone is asked to be patient in such circumstances, to read the interim notices, and consider the reasons why. The Field Centre (Toilets and Kitchen) may not be open – please bring your own hand sanitiser, food and refreshments.

The welfare and well-being of anyone associated with Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve is the absolute top priority of the Management Group and Staff.  Access to the reserve and the observance of the government rules by all who visit is mandatory and must be complied with minimising the risk to all comers.

For the time being if you do not have a military pass or a Foxglove Pass then please liaise with the Reserve Managers to arrange a visit.

Within these parameters please enjoy your visit and remember that it is your responsibility to follow the new guidance on staying safe outside your home.

We are very grateful to all of our supporters for helping us work through these plans, and for their continued loyal support. 


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Wednesday 5th August 2020 | 45 minute sessions on the hour

Come along and find out which minibeasts are living in some of the habitats at Foxglove. Book a minibeast session for your family bubble of up to six people. There will be a socially distanced brief to set you off and then you can use the equipment for the remainder of the session. You will be requested to use hand gel on arrival and the equipment will be cleaned between sessions. Please call the Reserve Managers on 07754 270980 to book your allocated slot. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time. A donation in advance (card payment by phone) of £5 per family bubble is required in order to secure your booking. 



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Wednesday 12th August 2020 | Various time slots available

Come along and find out which minibeasts are living in some of the habitats at Foxglove. Book a minibeast session for your family bubble of up to six people. There will be a socially distanced brief to set you off and then you can use the equipment for the remainder of the session. You will be requested to use hand gel on arrival and the equipment will be cleaned between sessions. Please call the Reserve Managers on 07754 270980 to book your allocated slot. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time. A donation in advance (card payment by phone) of £5 per family bubble is required in order to secure your booking. 



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