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Events and CES 8

Sunday, July 15th 2018

Following on from yesterday's blog, if you are interested in searching for and finding out more about Foxglove's Marvellous Insects then look on the events page for more details about the Dragonfly Discovery Walk on 21st July,

Emerald Damselfly

and the activities for children, Bug Detectives, on Wednesday 1st August.  (Booking is essential - thank you)

Walking back along a net ride, I spotted a movement in the grass and tried to take a photograph of a very active female Great Diving Beetle.  Many people assume that these insects must live in water.  This is true of the larval stage but not of the adult.  Adults can walk and fly from pond to pond.

Great Diving Beetle - female

They prefer ponds rather than running or moving water of streams and becks.  Some invertebrates do require fast moving water as it has more oxygen contained in it.  To find out more about our becks, there are two events supported by the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust Rivers 2U lab.  More details on the events page and again booking is essential.

Changing topic completely, there was a lie in for the bird ringers this morning - a 0415 start!  There was a hint of pink in the sky over the lake.

The lake

Children from Wavell School have been following the progress of the juvenile Robins, watching as they change their speckled breast for the red we are all so familiar with.  This Robin was definitely showing more red than that shown a couple of weeks ago.

Juvenile Robin with developing red breast

Most of the 150 birds processed were juveniles.  Reed Buntings have been conspicuous by their absence but an adult male and this juvenile were ringed today.

Juvenile Reed Bunting

Great Tits have had an excellent breeding season and yet more were ringed today.  Coal Tits are just beginning to return to the reserve where many will overwinter, eating the seed provided at the feeding stations, filled each week by Colin.  Our summer migrants made visits to the ringing room: Blackcap and Garden Warblers were in evidence and it was nice to see the numbers of Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs increasing.

As always to complete a CES day requires a team of people to work together and today was no exception.  Thank you to everyone involved, only four more to go!  Thanks and appreciation also go to those volunteers who have worked on the net rides and paths between them, to ensure that they are ready for use.  The total of new birds ringed at Foxglove stands today at 61,662, but there are sheets of birds from this year still to be added when time permits.


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Damsels and Dragons CANCELLED

Sunday 19th July 2020 | 1.00pm 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.

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.



Family Pond Dipping 1 - FULLY BOOKED!

Wednesday 22nd July 2020 | 45 minute sessions 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 in advance (card payment by phone) of £5 per family bubble is required in order to secure your booking. 



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