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Monday, November 13th 2017

There are only 7 days, 21 hours and 5 minutes left to vote for Foxglove in the Aviva Community Fund.  Thank you to everyone who has voted so far.  There is still time to vote.  Any money raised from this vote will help the reserve to flourish.

Talking of days, if I have counted correctly there are are only 42 'sleeps' left until Christmas Day.  If you are looking for some different presents, you could join a friend or relative as a Foxglove Friend.

AAB - Adopt-a-Box gives you the opportunity to join the bird ringers as they visit the nest boxes around the reserve and at the end of the year find out how all the boxes have been used.  The money raised from this scheme helps to look after all the nest boxes. 

Checking nest boxes

There are of course our books and bird seeds, charts and clothing for sale in the Field Centre.  Any money raised through our sales helps the reserve with continued habitat management, ensuring that all the flora and fauna are catered for.  Almost each species has their own special requirements and a part to play in the whole of the reserve.

Bluebells along Risedale Beck need to have the canopy controlled to enable the flowers to bloom well in the spring and provide food for many insects.

Bluebells

Already, Hazel coppiced early last winter, has produced Hazel nuts which have been eaten by Grey Squirrels, mice and voles.  Now the leaves have fallen but already catkins have been produced in preparation for next spring.

Hazel Catkins

Cutting and removing the hay from the middle moor prepares it well for summer flowering.

Middle Moor

Tiny habitats are important as they cater for many a bug and beast!  In this case a spider who has built its web on a Cock's Foot Grass seed head.

Spider and Web


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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.

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Meadow Mayhem CANCELLED

Saturday 4th July 2020 | 10.00am - 12 noon

The events programme has been temporarily withdrawn.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.

Celebrate National Meadows Day!

Join us for a morning exploring the many wildflower meadows found at Foxglove. We will be learning how to ID wildflowers and grasses, as well as sweep netting for butterflies and insects and identifying them. This event is part of the Flowers of the Dales Festival

A minimum donation of £5 per person in advance to guarantee a place. Card payments can be taken by phone.

This event is free for Volunteers and Friends of the reserve.



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.



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