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Tuesday, December 31st 2019

Blue sky greeted the volunteers as they arrived this morning, but it was frosty and hats, coats and gloves were needed! 

Work started on the moor to find the path edge, so enabling the path to be more easily seen.

Pipes under the access road have been checked and some repairs carried out.  The last one was completed today.

Out on the moor a stile was given some tlc.

A gate that was not opening and closing correctly was also given some attention.

And finally the birds have been feeding in the back garden and the feeders need to be filled almost everyday.

The first Brambling of the winter was spotted on Friday and was ringed on Saturday.  If you are birdwatching keep your eye open for them.

It is the end of a busy year at Foxglove. A great deal of work has been carried out, from mowing and strimming, CES bird ringing, moth trapping, removal of Silver Birch, planting trees and many different jobs along the way.  The Management Group and reserve managers really appreciate all the work done by the volunteers and we wish you all the best for the New Year.


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Saturday 4th July 2020 | 10.00am - 12 noon

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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

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



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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!

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