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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

Bonfire Cookery FULLY BOOKED!

Wednesday 19th February 2020
11.00 - 1.00pm

Come along and have a go at cooking on an open fire. Twister dough, bannock, jacket spuds, popcorn and toasted marshmallows will be on the menu! 

Booking is essential as places are limited. There is a donation of £5 per person to be made in advance in order to secure a place (payment can be taken on the phone).

Leap Into Nature!

Saturday 29th February 2020
10.30am start

Celebrate the Leap Year by learning about the hidden wildlife at the reserve. We will begin by identifying the moths in the moth trap (weather permitting) and then take a walk around the different habitats to see what is about. 

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.

Booking is essential as places are limited.

Suggested minimum donation of £5 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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March Winter Worky Day

Saturday 7th March 2020
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 along with delicious homemade cakes.

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Owl Pellet Discovery

Wednesday 8th April 2020
10.30am start

Come and learn all about the different  owl species that live in North Yorkshire. Find out what they eat by dissecting their pellets and identifying the contents.  Recommended for ages 7 years upwards. 

Booking is essential as places are limited.

Suggested minimum donation of £5 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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Richmond Coffee Morning

Thursday 9th April 2020
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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Make a Bird Feeder

Wednesday 15th April 2020
10.00am - 12 noon

Help out our 'feathered friends' by creating a hand made bird feeder from natural materials. There is no need to book on this event however, there is a donation of £1 per feeder. You can choose whether to take it home to put in the garden or to hang it in a tree on the reserve for the Foxglove birds or why not make 2!

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Spring Wildflower Walk

Thursday 16th April 2020
10.00am - 12 noon

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 minimum donation of £5 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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Moth Morning

Wednesday 13th May 2020
9.00am onwards

Join our team of volunteers in recording and identifying all the moths found in the moth trap the night before., as well as any found around the reserve. Bring a camera if you would like to photograph the moths before being released.

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.

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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.

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All About The Butterflies

Sunday 12th July 2020
1.00pm - 3.00pm

Would you like to learn more about Yorkshire's butterflies? Join in and help our butterfly expert to carry out a transect to count and record as many different species as possible. Bring a notebook and pencil to keep a track.

Booking is essential as places are limited. A minimum donation of £5 per person in advance to guarantee a place. Card payments can now be taken by phone.

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

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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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Pond Dipping 1

Wednesday 22nd July 2020
10.00am start

Come along and find out which animals are living in some of the Foxglove ponds. Booking is essential as places are limited. There is a donation of £2 per person which can be paid on the day. 

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Pond Dipping 2

Wednesday 29th July 2020
10.00am start

Come along and find out which animals are living in some of the Foxglove ponds. Booking is essential as places are limited. There is a donation of £2 per person which can be paid on the day. 

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Wildlife Craft - Drop in Workshop 1

Wednesday 5th August 2020
10.00am - 12 noon

A family friendly wildlife themed craft workshop. There is no need to book on this event however, there is a small donation of £3 per child as materials are involved. Why not come along and have some 'screen free' family time!

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Wildlife Craft - Drop in Workshop 2

Wednesday 12th August 2020
10.00am - 12.00 noon

A family friendly wildlife themed craft workshop. There is no need to book on this event however, there is a small donation of £3 per child as materials are involved. Why not come along and have some 'screen free' family time!

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Pond Dipping 3

Wednesday 19th August 2020
10.00am start

Come along and find out which animals are living in some of the Foxglove ponds. Booking is essential as places are limited. There is a donation of £2 per person which can be paid on the day. 

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All About The Bees

Wednesday 26th August 2020
10.30am - 12.30 noon

Join our friendly beekeeper Alison to learn all about honey bees. After a short presentation we will be making bee related crafts including a beeswax candle. Booking is essential as places are limited. There is a minimum donation of £5 per person.

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Richmond Coffee Morning (October)

Thursday 22nd October 2020
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

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

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

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.

Undergrowth Newsletter


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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Undergrowth Newsletter Winter to Spring 2019
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Read all about what has been happening on the reserve over the winter months.

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