Summertime

Sunday, July 31st 2022

During the summer months some of the habitats are grazed by livestock. These Dexter Cattle, on loan from Big Sheep, Little Cow in Bedale, are helping to lower the sward and poach some of the ponds on the wetland.

It is clear from the photographs that it has been a good growing season and there is plenty of work for them to do!

Some of the Bluebell banks and wildflower meadows require a more even cut and this is often done using strimmers. Later this year we are hoping to host some scything courses to be run by Steve Tomlin Crafts. This could be a perfect way going forwards as in Steve's own words it would mean:

“No more ear defenders, visor, strimmer fumes or noise; just the sound of the birds and the swish of your blade.” 

In the meantime, strimmers are necessary but all cutting is always done with the utmost of care, even avoiding thistles which are a valuable source of nectar!

Most of the work carried out recently has been on summer maintenance tasks such as replacing rotten gate posts…

...and painting the newly replaced boardwalk. Thank you to all of the staff, volunteers and work placement students who have assisited with these big projects.

A reminder that on Saturday 6th August we will be celebrating 30 years of Foxglove Covert with a day packed with Natural History events. There will be walks to discover more about butterflies, dragonflies, birds, flowers and insects. Please see the events page for details.


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All About The Bugs! 2

Wednesday 17th August 2022 | Various sessions throughout the day - starting on the hour

Come along and find out which minibeasts are living in some of the habitats at Foxglove. Book a minibeast session for your family bubble. 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 equipment 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. 



Pond Dipping 3

Wednesday 24th August 2022 | Various sessions throughout the day - starting 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 of only £5 per group in advance will confirm your time slot.



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