Tuesday, July 6th 2021
Over the past two weeks school children from Sacred Heart RC Primary Academy in Northallerton have visited Foxglove Covert on three separate days. They did some pond dipping, went on a minibeast safari and played in the dams at the outdoor classroom. All visits began with an introduction and an explanation of the reserve's name; the Foxglove flower and then the word 'covert' which means a safe and secure place.
Safe and secure for over 2, 600 different species of wildlife! Only last week a new grass species was added to the ever growing list of plants and animals found on the site.
The wildflower meadow is looking spectacular at the moment and well worth a visit before the flowers go over and the grass is cut for hay.
Further along the path, the Bluebells have gone over but the stone circle contrasts well with the conifers behind it.
The majestic Grand Fir in the centre of the photo is one of our favourites as the needles have an unusual fruit scent (the jury is still out as to which fruit)!
These were some of the sights enjoyed by more valued visitors; Zabi (Member Pioneer) and Will (Store Manager) from the Co-op who came to see for themselves how the reserve has benefitted from their 'causes' funding. Our thanks to Hayley (Relief Reserve Manager) for being their guide for the morning.
The two new strimmers that were purchased with this money have been put to good use already. Last week they were used to cut back invasive Bracken, revealing wildflowers beneath that were struggling to reach the light.
Apart from carrying out the many necessary outdoor tasks, volunteers have been catching up with indoor jobs such as making displays, preparing for an event, stock taking and getting the newsletter (Undergrowth) ready for posting.
Thank you to all of the supporters who are part of the Friends scheme who will be receiving their copy very soon. Please let us know if you are willing to help us cut down on resources and costs by receiving future copies via email. This latest edition has been kindly edited by Katie and is a bumper edition with lots of articles to bring you up to speed with recent events.
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