Busy Wednesdays

Wednesday, July 20th 2022

The reserve is re-open after a temporary closure on Tuesday due to the extreme heat. The cool breeze and sunshine were enjoyed by a group called BW (Busy Wednesdays) who volunteer for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at another reserve. They were given a brief insight into bird ringing before setting off on a guided walk to see what the Foxglove volunteers have been up to. After lunch, they did a spot of pond dipping in the Scrapes before heading back to York.

Wednesdays are always busy at Foxglove as that is one of the days reserved for school visits during the summer term. Since Easter, we have welcomed pupils from many local Primary Schools including:

Ainderby Steeple C of E Primary, Wavell Community Junior School, Brompton-on-Swale C of E Primary School, Spennithorne C of E Primary School and Bedale C of E Primary School. 

The children have been fantastic nature detectives and as well as trying pond dipping they carried out minibeast safaris, played animal themed games, learned about honey bees and created some striking art in the woods!

The Reserve Managers are extremely grateful to students from Risedale Secondary School and Richmond Sixth Form College who did a week of work experience at the reserve and assisted with the delivery of some of the school visits plus various summer maintenance tasks and to Elizabeth (the Second) who helped to deliver the educational activities.

Our sincere thanks to all of the staff and students who have been involved in some way, it has been an absolute pleasure to work with you!


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All About The Bugs! 2

Wednesday 17th August 2022 | Various sessions throughout the day - starting 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. 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. 



Pond Dipping 3

Wednesday 24th August 2022 | Various sessions throughout the day - starting on the hour

Come along and find out which animals are living in some of the Foxglove ponds. Book a pond dipping 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 net handles 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 of only £5 per group in advance will confirm your time slot.



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