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The Heath Paddocks

Tuesday, July 13th 2021

Our Heath paddocks are home to Heather, orchids and other flowers and provide habitats for many different creatures.  Unfortunately they are also home to invasive Silver Birch, Willow and Bramble.  Over the years we have brush cut them, dug them up, added Exmoor Ponies and sheep, who actually preferred other areas of the reserve, as they escaped under the fence! The only way to control these species is hard work by the volunteers.  It is, though, like painting the Forth Road Bridge, never ending!

Tree poppers are used to make the task a little easier.  The ground needs to be soft enough to pull the trees out by their roots, but not too soft so the tree poppers disappear into the ground when force is applied.

Some of the roots are rather long.

It is not easy work but Ros and Hayley were still smiling!

Next week the reserve will be visited by the Army Ornithological Society.  They will be carrying out bird ringing activities at Foxglove and other sites.  One of the places had to be checked and the net ride cleared of overhanging branches.  There was a four-legged volunteer helping or hindering Hedley!

Thank you to all the volunteers who work so hard to keep Foxglove looking so good.

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Owl Pellet Discovery

Monday 26th July 2021 | 10.00am start

Come and learn all about the different  owl species that live in North Yorkshire. Find out what they eat by dissecting their pellets and identifying the contents.  Recommended for ages 7 years upwards. 

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Wednesday 28th July 2021 | 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. 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. 

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