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Wild Things!

Friday, October 25th 2013

Flocks of Redwing are still to be seen over the reserve. They are feeding on the abundant Hawthorn berries throughout the area. These small thrushes have a creamy strip above the eye and an orange-red flank patch which make them distinctive. They are migrants and arrive from September, with most in October and November. They leave again in March and April, although occasionally birds stay later.This juvenile was caught and ringed at Foxglove this week.

Redwing

A display about Foxglove will be on show at the Station in Richmond on Sunday. This is alongside Project Wild Thing. The project has produced a film which is currently being launched nationwide. The film will be shown at the Station cinema this weekend and there will be information about local places where children are encouraged to learn about nature and enjoy the great outdoors.

Over half term there are plenty of self guided activities for families to enjoy. Pop into the classroom before you head out on a walk and pick up some quizzes and challenges to entertain the children. On Thursday morning there will be a drop in arts and crafts session with spooky spiders and bats to make and take home. See you there!


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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

Saturday 4th July 2020 | 10.00am - 12 noon

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

Sunday 19th July 2020 | 1.00pm start

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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