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Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 25th 2016

Having watched the weather forecast this morning, there is no chance of a white Christmas Day at Foxglove, with temperatures of 13 plus.  Later in the day you are likely to need many layers as the temperature is set to drop and snow is forecast for Scotland.

Snow at Foxglove in January

It is at this time of year that the winter habitat work is at its height.  The next Worky Day is Saturday 7th January, come and join us and work off some of the Christmas and New Year festivities!  Also there is much going on unseen.  The accounts for Foxglove have to be finalised, ready for the AGM in February.  Species lists are updated and some records have to be sent to the VC65 recorders.  New species data is required for the Foxglove Annual Report..

Bird ringing continues throughout the year. When ringing at Foxglove the information is entered straight into the computer.  However when ringing away from Foxglove the data is recorded on paper and then entered into the computer at a later date.  The last few sheets of Mipits are awaiting their turn and over 9000 birds have been rung so far this year.

Entering Data at FGC

And just a reminder to the bird ringers the shortest day has been and gone so earlier morning calls will be on the cards and there are only 125 sleeps before the start of CES 2017 - our 25th year!

Looking back at December 2015 the flower walk recorded all of four flowers.  Having walked the reserve last week I think we will be lucky to find any as the weather really has not been kind to any flowers brave enough to survive into winter.  We will set out at the end of the month and look for signs of what is to come.  Bluebell leaves.

Bluebell leaves

And ever hopeful a Primrose.

Primrose

Sophie (Chair of the Management Group) and Tony thanked the RM's and the volunteers for all their hard work during the year.  Writing this blog highlights the range of skills and work Foxglove Volunteers are involved in.  Thank you to you all. Have a Merry Christmas.

Whilst our days are now getting longer, Stacey's are getting shorter down at Signy.  She has sent her Christmas Greetings.

Stacey down at Signy


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