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Focus on Fire Prevention

Sunday, April 21st 2019

Although the hot weather can be enjoyable, the countryside really does need a dose of rainfall. A major concern at the moment is the outbreak of fire on the moorlands, on the MoD training area, or God forbid on the reserve. Visitors will notice a new sign which indicates the level of fire risk. This is extremely high at the moment and the Management Group would greatly appreciate everyone's co-operation to minimise the danger posed by following the advice, by acting responsibly, and by remaining vigilant. There are no fires at Foxglove in the spring and summer months so please report anything out of the ordinary immediately.  Many species are breeding now and minutes could make a huge difference.  Please focus on the fire risk and help us keep the reserve intact by using safe practices at all times.  Thank you.

As mentioned on previous blogs, the Exmoor ponies have been keeping themselves cool by paddling in Plover's pool! They are now starting to lose their winter coats and their shiny summer ones are showing through gradually. They could do with a good brush however, as they are wild ponies, this would be tricky!

They are friendly but are not too familiar with being handled. Taurus is the one closest in the photo and Lark (who is dark) is in the background. Thank you to all of the people who have supported the reserve over the Bank Holiday weekend and Happy Easter from the Foxglove Team!


 


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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The events programme has been temporarily withdrawn.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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