Winter Worky Day In The Snow

Saturday, February 2nd 2019

Foxglove always looks spectacular in the snow and this morning Imogen took some beautiful photographs before anyone else arrived. If you look carefully you can spot the ducks waiting patiently for their breakfast!

Snowy on the lake

This wasn't the only reason for going into work early, she was keen to study footage from a camera trap that had been put out the night before. 
She wasn't disappointed as a clear image of a Barn Owl was captured early this morning. Although not a great picture it is a great record for the site as Barn Owls are a recent addition to the species list. In other pictures it appears to be wearing a ring and could be one from the artificial nest box on the moor. This is not really a surprise as one has been seen daily close to the wetland over the last few weeks.

Although snowfall last night stopped several volunteers from turning out to the winter worky day, there was still a good sized group to tackle the final area to be coppiced this winter.

Worky day team

The above 'timed' photo took a little bit of organising involving cake tins, coffe cups and gloves! 

One of our youngest volunteers (only eight years old) was keen to feed the Exmoor ponies and headed up to see them with a sledge laden with hay.

With their natural food hidden beneath the snow they were very grateful for a little bit extra.

He also worked hard in the coppice block by cutting up brash into smaller pieces for the bonfire.

Many hands made light work of this task which was made all the more pleasant by the blue skies and powder snow.

It wasn't just the heat and flames on the fire that kept people warm; 'the best ever' hot chocolate and Bovril also ensured spirits remained high! The usual camaraderie, cakes and curry added to a perfect winter's day. Many thanks to all involved, same time next month?! The final Winter Worky Day will be on Saturday 2nd March, for details and to book your place see our events page.


(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


Magnificent Migration

Wednesday 24th April 2019 | 10.00-12.00

It's the time of year for some our summer bird visitors to start arriving on the reserve. We'll be listening out for the first Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers and learning about their amazing journeys. Come and learn all about bird migration, and discover the world of bird ringing (weather permitting). Booking is essential as places are limited.

Suggested donation of £3 per person. 
 



Spring Flower Walk

Wednesday 15th May 2019 | 10:00 - 12:00

Our Spring Flower Walk will take in almost the whole reserve as we find out about and identify every plant which is in flower, from the humble Daisy to the more exotic Orchid. Come with a notepad to log the number of species, come with a camera to take some wonderful photos, or just come along as you are for a beautiful, enjoyable, informative walk as part of the Flowers of the dales Festival.
This is a popular event and places are limited therefore booking is essential.
Suggested donation of £3 per person.



VIEW ALL EVENTS

Undergrowth Newsletter


Undergrowth Newsletter Winter to Spring 2019
{alt}

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

Read this Issue


Undergrowth Newsletter Autumn 2018
{alt}

A busy summer at Foxglove. Read about bird ringing near and far and lots of species.

Read this Issue


Undergrowth Newsletter Spring 2018
{alt}

An update on recent events and projects on the reserve and more.

Read this Issue


View All The Newsletters

Recent Blog Posts

Blog Archive