Winter arrives!

Thursday, November 30th 2017

The cold weather of the last few days continues, and, as forecast, it was even colder first thing this morning.  Where previously the ice on the lake had just been beside the dam, the whole lake was frozen over.  Though very cold in the wind, it was still bright with both Moorhens and Mallards walking on the ice.

There was a sound of incredulity in the voice of a visitor on her phone in the Field Centre when she was told that it was snowing in Darlington when she said “but it's sunny here!”.  During this time, two of the Reserve's volunteers were finishing the work of other volunteers on Tuesday, collecting and sorting the tree tubes and stakes, then taking them to be stored.  And then the weather changed…..

The snow arrived in a few flurries in the early afternoon, before falling more thickly to settle.  There was some envy that the ponies' coats were well insulated, with the snow not melting when lying on their backs, and, despite being in an area with plenty of shelter from the wind, they looked to be enjoying the arrival of the snow.  The work they are doing is also being appeciated by a male Kestrel who regularly uses a lone Scots Pine as a vantage point with mice and voles now more exposed among the shorter vegetation.

As the snow started to settle, pupils attending the Wilderness Schooling session for the final time this year said farewell to Foxglove after coming here on Thursdays during term time since the February half term.  Their appreciation of what makes Foxglove unique came through as we listened to one group practicing a scene as newsreaders, explaining not just the habitats but how the weather affects wildlife.  The news is usually followed by the weather forecast and there has recently been some light-hearted banter between newsreaders and weather presenters about what actually constitutes Winter.  According to the weather people, we are still in Autumn until the 1st of December.  Looking out from the Wetland Hide, I couldn't help but feel that Winter must have come early, but the bonus is being able to look for the tracks of birds and mammals in the snow.

(0) Comments:

There are no comments for this blog post yet. Why not start the discussion? - use the form below:

Leave a Comment:

Please complete this field, it's required. Your email address will not be displayed but it's required.

Your email address will not be displayed but it's required.

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Back to Top

Help Support Foxglove

Friends of Foxglove

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.

More Details

Upcoming Events

Wildlife Craft Activity - Build a Butterfly Feeder

Wednesday 21st August 2019 | 10.00am - 12.00 noon

Help out the butterflies by making a special feeder. You can take it home for your garden or leave it at the reserve. This is a drop in session so no need to book in advance. A donation of £3 per child would be appreciated on the day.

Moth Identification Morning

Saturday 24th August 2019 | 08.00

Join Charlie Fletcher (County Recorder for moths) as he identifies hundreds of moths that have been caught in the overnight traps across this site. As the traps are emptied Charlie will be telling us all about these beautiful creatures, while giving us helpful identification tips.

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


Undergrowth Newsletter

Undergrowth Newsletter Winter to Spring 2019

Read all about what has been happening on the reserve over the winter months.

Read this Issue

View All The Newsletters

Recent Blog Posts

Blog Archive