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Christmas Party!

Thursday, December 19th 2013

Sixty seven volunteers, friends and visitors arrived at Wathgill last night to dine in style at our annual Christmas Dinner.

The food was fantastic as usual, thank you to all the kitchen staff who worked hard all night providing such excellent service.

The Compass Rose ceilidh band was also accompanied by Johanna and her fiddle as well as Tony and his electronic pipes.

Glennis' quizzes kept people entertained as the evening kicked off - thank you Glennis for spending time to put together these fun quizzes for us all.  The raffle with prizes donated by volunteers and visitors over the last few weeks raised a brilliant £180 for the reserve.  Well done to the winners and thank you to all those who donated items for the hampers.

This was a great evening, enjoyed by all those who attended.  Finally, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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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.



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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.



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