Our response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation More details


Wednesday, December 22nd 2021

On Monday Barry Wright came to Foxglove to collect some Pillwort so that Genome sequencing could be carried out.  He collected a small amount from Plover's Pool.

Pillwort is a rare fern that grows in water. It is classed as Vulnerable - Near threatened by Plantlife.  (More details about the fern and the Freshwater habits Trust can be found here https://freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/pond-clinic/identifying-freshwater-plants/pillwort-pilularia-globulifera/ )

We have several areas where it is thriving.  It prefers edges of ponds and grows bright green and looks like a grass lawn.

However on closer inspection you can find the typical Crozier fern frond shape.

So far it has co-operated in being grown at home, on a window sill in a seed tray, with lots of water.  It does not like to be in an enclosed space and once it has filled the seed tray it needs to be re-potted.  Window sill space soon fills up.

Unlike other ferns it does not produce spores on its fronds but produces 'pills' along the length of the rhizome (a horizontal underground stem).  These then produce the spores from which new plants arise. 

Our Pillwort habitats are carefully managed to promote healthy colonies.

(0) Comments:

There are no comments for this blog post yet. Why not start the discussion? - use the form below:

Leave a Comment:

Please complete this field, it's required. Your email address will not be displayed but it's required.

Your email address will not be displayed but it's required.

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Back to Top

Help Support Foxglove

Friends of Foxglove

The Friends of Foxglove Covert is for those individuals, families and organisations who would like to support the reserve through an annual membership subscription. Friends receive a regular newsletter and invitations to attend our various activities and social events.

More Details

Upcoming Events

Foxglove Covert LNR AGM

Wednesday 26th January 2022 | 7.00pm start

The Annual General Meeting will be held via zoom. Please contact the Reserve Managers if you would like the link to participate.

LANTRA Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross-cutting, Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm

Monday 31st January 2022 | 5 day course with 8.30 am starts

An opportunity has arisen for 3 people to join this recognised LANTRA course. 

From first cuts to full-on felling, this five-day course will teach you all you need to know about using a chainsaw. This is a hands-on course that delivers both practical skills and health and safety guidance as well as demonstrating that you and your employer have completed sufficient training to meet the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

Booking for this is through KNW Training in Bedale, please contact them for details and costs.


Undergrowth Newsletter

Undergrowth Newsletter Winter 2020/21 Issue 54

Find out what has been going on at the reserve during the lockdown!

Read this Issue

View All The Newsletters

Recent Blog Posts

Blog Archive