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Wednesday, October 18th 2017

It has been said many times before that Foxglove Volunteers have a huge range of skills.  Yesterday some were carrying out habitat management and mending the potholes in the road.  Early today the Water Voles were fed and the pond dipping sinks were cleaned, then some stock was checked in preparation for new charts to arrive.

Volunteers checking stock

Colin was edging the lawns outside the Field Centre.

Colin edging the lawns

And later in the day a 'rooting' walk unearthed more fungi, flowers and even some invertebrates.

Hunting for fungi

We discovered, and I hope I have the name correct, this beautiful Turkey Tail fungus.

Turkey Tail Fungus

There were several visitors walking around the reserve enjoying the autumn colours.  Buzzards were circling overhead.  A variety of species of bird were feeding in the back garden and the Kestrel was sitting high in a tree on the heath, as we left in the early evening.

At lunchtime Foxglove was visited by Colonel P Cook AAC, Deputy Head Ops/Plans/Safety, Mr J Crosfield, Deputy Head UK Delivery, both from HQ DIO SD Trg and Mr S Utley, Managing Director of Landmarc Support Services.  They were able to take a short walk through the reserve and visit the Field Centre before lunch.  During lunch they talked to the volunteers about the role they played and about Foxglove's place in the community, both military and civilian.  Our visitors were very impressed with what they had seen and heard.

Thank you to everyone who helped today, in so many different ways.


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