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What's on at Foxglove Covert - Events and Notices

Most events are not charged for but donations are always welcome. For more information or to book a place see the details of each event

Autumn Worky Day

Saturday 2nd October 2021
10.00am - 3.00pm

Join our staff and volunteers for a fun day of practical habitat management tasks.  Specific tasks will be chosen nearer the time.  Come ready for all weather conditions and bring your oldest outdoor clothes as tasks will be mucky and may involve bonfires. Booking is essential for this FREE event as a hot cooked lunch will be provided. 

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Richmond Coffee Morning

Thursday 21st October 2021
9:00am - 12 noon

Come and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea or coffee and a 'sticky' at Richmond Town Hall.  There will be a raffle, tombola and a stall selling delicious homemade cakes!  All proceeds from this fundraising event go towards the running costs of the reserve. 

If you would like to donate any cakes or items for the raffle or tombola please take them to the field centre beforehand or to Richmond Town Hall on the day. 

No need to book, just turn up!

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All About Fungi

Friday 22nd October 2021
Start time 1:30pm

Join in for a stroll around the reserve to discover which fungi are fruiting and learn more about these fascinating species.

Booking is essential as spaces are limited.

In order to secure a place please call the Reserve Managers to make a minimum donation of £5 per head in advance. This event is free for Friends and Volunteers.

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Owl Pellet Discovery

Sunday 24th October 2021
11.00am start

Come and find out what the owls at Foxglove Covert have been eating by examining owl pellet contents.

Recommended for ages 7 years upwards. 

Booking is essential as places are limited.

Suggested minimum donation of £3.00 per person. Please donate in advance to secure a place.

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

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Wonderful Wildlife Week

Monday 25th October 2021
10:00am - 3:00pm daily

During half term come and celebrate our wonderful native wildlife with various activity sheets and trails on offer. Have a go at the Bee and Butterfly trail as you explore the red route. These activities are self guided and therefore there is no need to book in advance. Trail sheets are only 50p each and as always donations are welcome!

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Wildlife Activity Day

Wednesday 27th October 2021
10:00am - 3:00pm

Come and celebrate British Wildlife on this family activity day as part of our Wonderful Wildlife Week. There will be lots of hands - on craft activities for all ages. Make bird feeders, mini bug hotels, seed bombs. Craft a hedgehog or spider or bee from different materials to take away too. This is a drop in session so booking is not required. Donations towards costs of materials would be appreciated on the day.

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Pumpkin Trail

Saturday 30th October 2021
10.00am - 3.00pm

Come to the reserve over the weekend 30th - 31st October and enjoy the autumn colours on the red route (Easy Access Trail) and search for the pumpkin clues along the way. Test your knowledge of the creatures associated with Halloween by answering the fun quiz which is available from the visitor centre for only 50p.

No need to book, come and enjoy some fresh air with your family bubble. Don't forget your wellies and a pencil!

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Halloween Pumpkin Carving (Morning)

Sunday 31st October 2021
11.00am - 1.00pm

Get into the Halloween spirit by coming and carving your own pumpkin to take away. 

Recommended for ages 7 years upwards. 

Booking is essential as places are limited.

Suggested minimum donation of £5.00 per person. Please donate in advance to secure a place. In addition, a pumpkin trail sheet is available to all carvers!

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Halloween Pumpkin Carving (Afternoon)

Sunday 31st October 2021
2.00pm - 4.00pm

Get into the Halloween spirit by coming and carving your own pumpkin to take away. 

Recommended for ages 7 years upwards. 

Booking is essential as places are limited.

Suggested minimum donation of £5.00 per person. Please donate in advance to secure a place. In addition, a pumpkin trail sheet is available to all carvers!

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November Winter Worky Day

Saturday 6th November 2021
10.00am - 3.00pm

Join our staff and volunteers for a fun day of practical habitat management tasks.  Specific tasks will be chosen nearer the time.  Come ready for all weather conditions and bring your oldest outdoor clothes as tasks will be mucky and may involve bonfires. Booking is essential for this FREE event as a hot cooked lunch will be provided. 

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December Winter Worky Day

Saturday 4th December 2021
10.00am - 3.00pm

Join our staff and volunteers for a fun day of practical habitat management tasks.  Specific tasks will be chosen nearer the time.  Come ready for all weather conditions and bring your oldest outdoor clothes as tasks will be mucky and may involve bonfires. Booking is essential for this FREE event as a hot cooked lunch will be provided. 

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Richmond Coffee Morning

Thursday 14th April 2022
9.00am - 12 noon

Come and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea or coffee and a 'sticky' at Richmond Town Hall.  There will be a raffle, tombola and a stall selling delicious homemade cakes!  All proceeds from this fundraising event go towards the running costs of the reserve. 

If you would like to donate any cakes or items for the raffle or tombola please take them to the field centre beforehand or to Richmond Town Hall on the day. 

No need to book, just turn up!

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Regular Groups

Foxglove Volunteer Group

Every Tuesday 9.30am

Volunteering is taking place again, please get in touch if you would like to join our friendly group.

Foxglove Volunteer Group meet every Tuesday, all year round, whatever the weather! We do a variety of tasks which are vital to the running of our 100 acre site. Jobs can be anything from coppicing and path maintenance to tree planting and felling. No previous experience is required.

If you want to stay for a full day make sure you bring a packed lunch. Old clothes and boots or wellies are, of course, a necessity. Gloves, tools and training are provided. There are other ways to be involved as a volunteer. Surveying, monitoring and fund-raising are just a few examples of where we need help. If you have a skill and/or some time to spare, why not give us a call.

Identifying and Recording Moths

Every Wednesday 9.00am

It is with regret that due to the current situation moth trapping will not be taking place until further notice. 

We monitor and record the moth species on the Reserve by trapping every Tuesday evening. If you would like to help with identifying and recording the moths, or would just like to come along and see these beautiful insects, you are welcome to do so.

Bird Ringing Demonstration

Most Sundays from 10.00am

It is with regret that due to the current situation bird ringing demonstrations will not be taking place until further notice. 

Come into the ringing room to see the licensed bird ringers at work.  Learn how the biometrics are taken and what the data is used for.  This event is weather dependant so it is advisable to phone and check ringing is on the day before.

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Undergrowth Newsletter Winter 2020/21 Issue 54
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Find out what has been going on at the reserve during the lockdown!

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The Dragonflies of Strensall and Foxglove Covert
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This book has been published with the aim of enabling people visiting these, immensely important Flagship Pond Sites in North Yorkshire, to identify the dragonflies and damselflies they encounter - by reference to a simple text and photographs. Credits - Yorkshire Dragonfly Group & Freshwater Habitats Trust

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