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Thursday, October 8th 2015

What a relief after the deluge of the past two days, a dry and partially sunny day.  Today we had 30 more pupils from Hipswell Primary School visit at Foxglove, this time it was years four and five.  We split them into three groups, so they each had a turn at going on an Autumn walk, Pond Dipping and Mini Beast hunting.

The Autumn themed walk, taking in Risedale Beck and part of the heathland, focused on different seeds and the many methods they use to disperse themselves, from wind, exploding pods, hooks that catch on fur, or simply being eaten then passing through the gut of animals or birds and coming out the other end somewhere else.

Pond dipping proved very successful today, with a large Water Boatman and Great Diving Beetle being found.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the reserve, our regular Thursday group of volunteers were manning a bonfire of all the brash we have amassed from the last couple of weeks.

A big thank you to everyone who helped out today.
 


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Saturday 4th July 2020 | 10.00am - 12 noon

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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

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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!

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