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Fantastic Volunteers

Wednesday, July 21st 2021

It has been said before but we do have a fantastic set of volunteers.  They look after Foxglove in all weathers, snow and rain, ice and wind, sun and heat!  Peter and Brian spent a considerable time yesterday strimming.  It is a very good growing season and all the vegetation is doing what it does best - grow! 

All the hard work ensures that the habitats are maintained to the highest of standards so that flowers can blossom. 

Harebells are yet another flower that is spreading its range and some were open on the moor.

Betony is now fully open and can be seen in the heath paddocks and on the moor.  Bees, butterflies and hoverflies visit these flowers.

The gravel around the Field Centre is also 'growing'.  Every seed seems to have found a comfortable spot to germinate, and has grown into a lovely plant, so much for needing special conditions for germination.  Emma set about removing them.

An owl box was in need of repair.  Bob used his skills and we now have a box that can replace one or be put up in a new area to provide a nesting site for owls.


The moth team had a huge number of moths to identify.  The Swaledale Ringing Group were hosting visitors from the Army Ornithological Society and have been very busy ringing at Foxglove and on other sites.  Once this blog is written and published it will soon appear on Facebook and other social media thanks to Katie.

A huge thank you to all our volunteers who work so hard for Foxglove.

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Saturday 23rd October 2021 | 10.00am - 3.00pm

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