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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

Foxglove Covert LNR AGM

Wednesday 26th January 2022
7.00pm start

The Annual General Meeting will be held via zoom. Please contact the Reserve Managers if you would like the link to participate.

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LANTRA Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross-cutting, Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm

Monday 31st January 2022
5 day course with 8.30 am starts

An opportunity has arisen for 3 people to join this recognised LANTRA course. 

From first cuts to full-on felling, this five-day course will teach you all you need to know about using a chainsaw. This is a hands-on course that delivers both practical skills and health and safety guidance as well as demonstrating that you and your employer have completed sufficient training to meet the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

Booking for this is through KNW Training in Bedale, please contact them for details and costs.

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February Winter Worky Day

Saturday 5th February 2022
10.00am - 3.00pm

Join the Reserve Managers to help out with a practical conservation task. 

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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Amazing Amphibians

Saturday 19th February 2022
During Opening Hours

A self guided trail around the red route (wheelchair and pushchair friendly) to see the signs of spring. Pick up a clue sheet from the Field Centre for only  £1 and get out and about to learn some fascinating facts about the different amphibians on the reserve. Look for the two friendly frogs along the way and think of a name for them!

The clues will be out for the whole of the February half term (North Yorkshire dates).

There is no need to book as this is a self guided acivity. Remember to bring a pencil from home!

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Family Forest School Day

Wednesday 23rd February 2022
10.00am - 3.00pm

Join James Stewart (Bushcraft Instructor and Forest School Leader) for a day of fun activities. Have a go at fire lighting using ancient methods, learn to use some woodland tools and cook up a treat on the campfire. 

Booking essential as places are limited. A donation of £5 per person in advance is required to secure your place (payment can be via Paypal on the website or by card over the phone or cash in person).

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All About Bees Treasure Trail

Saturday 9th April 2022
During Reserve Opening Times

Come and stroll around the red route (easy access trail) and spot the wild bumblebees and Foxglove honey bees. Pick up a clue sheet from the Field Centre for only £1 and head out to learn some fun facts about these fascinating insects. Check your answers back at the centre where you can look inside a real beehive.

Booking is not required as this is a self guided activity.

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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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Wildlife Craft Day

Wednesday 20th April 2022
10.00am - 3.00pm

There will be lots of fun hands-on craft activities for all ages. 

Booking is not necessary as this is a drop-in session.

Donations towards materials will be gratefully received on the day!

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Incredible Insects!

Friday 27th May 2022
During Reserve Opening Times

A treasure trail around the red route (wheelchair friendly) to find the bugs and beasties! Pick up a clue sheet from the Field Centre for only £1 and learn some amazing facts about British insects as you stroll around the reserve.

No need to book a place as this is a self guided activity. Please bring your own pencil. You can check your answers back at the centre.

The clues will be out for the duration of the Whitsun school holidays (North Yorkshire dates).

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Butterflies and Moths Treasure Trail

Friday 22nd July 2022
During Reserve Opening Times

Enjoy a walk around the red route (easy access trail) and find the clues to learn all about these wonderful insects. 

Pick up a clue sheet from the Field Centre for only £1 and check your answers at the end.

No booking required as this is a selg guided activity! Please remember to bring a pencil from home.

The clues will be out for the duration of the school summer holidays (North Yorkshire dates).

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Pond Dipping 1

Wednesday 27th July 2022
Various sessions available starting on the hour

Come along and find out which animals are living in some of the Foxglove ponds. Book a pond dipping session for your family bubble of up to six people. There will be a socially distanced brief to set you off and then you can use the equipment for the remainder of the session. You will be requested to use hand gel on arrival and the net handles will be cleaned between sessions.

Please call the Reserve Managers on 07754 270980 to book your allocated slot. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time. 

A donation of only £5 per group in advance will confirm your time slot.

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All About The Bugs! 1

Wednesday 3rd August 2022
Various sessions throughout the day - starting on the hour

Come along and find out which minibeasts are living in some of the habitats at Foxglove. Book a minibeast session for your family bubble. There will be a socially distanced brief to set you off and then you can use the equipment for the remainder of the session. You will be requested to use hand gel on arrival and the equipment will be cleaned between sessions.

Please call the Reserve Managers on 07754 270980 to book your allocated slot. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time.

A donation in advance (card payment by phone) of £5 per family bubble is required in order to secure your booking. 

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FOXGLOVE 30 BIOBLITZ!

Saturday 6th August 2022
10.00am - 3.00pm

Come along and take part in some important Citizen Science! We will be identifying as many species as possible on the reserve to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the reserve. 

There will be opportunities to join Natural History experts for guided walks to learn about mammals, invertebrates, flora and fauna plus lots of hands-on activities for all ages.

Details of guided walks will be published nearer the time. Extra volunteers will be needed to help the day run smoothly. If you would like to be involved please contact the Reserve Managers for further details.

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Pond Dipping 2

Wednesday 10th August 2022
Various sessions throughout the day - starting on the hour

Come along and find out which minibeasts are living in some of the habitats at Foxglove. Book a minibeast session for your family bubble. There will be a socially distanced brief to set you off and then you can use the equipment for the remainder of the session. You will be requested to use hand gel on arrival and the equipment will be cleaned between sessions. Please call the Reserve Managers on 07754 270980 to book your allocated slot. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time.

A donation in advance (card payment by phone) of £5 per family bubble is required in order to secure your booking. 

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All About The Bugs! 2

Wednesday 17th August 2022
Various sessions throughout the day - starting on the hour

Come along and find out which minibeasts are living in some of the habitats at Foxglove. Book a minibeast session for your family bubble. There will be a socially distanced brief to set you off and then you can use the equipment for the remainder of the session. You will be requested to use hand gel on arrival and the equipment will be cleaned between sessions.

Please call the Reserve Managers on 07754 270980 to book your allocated slot. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time.

A donation in advance (card payment by phone) of £5 per family bubble is required in order to secure your booking. 

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Pond Dipping 3

Wednesday 24th August 2022
Various sessions throughout the day - starting on the hour

Come along and find out which animals are living in some of the Foxglove ponds. Book a pond dipping session for your family bubble of up to six people. There will be a socially distanced brief to set you off and then you can use the equipment for the remainder of the session. You will be requested to use hand gel on arrival and the net handles will be cleaned between sessions.

Please call the Reserve Managers on 07754 270980 to book your allocated slot. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time. 

A donation of only £5 per group in advance will confirm your time slot.

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All About The Bugs! 3

Wednesday 31st August 2022
Various sessions throughout the day - starting on the hour

Come along and find out which minibeasts are living in some of the habitats at Foxglove. Book a minibeast session for your family bubble. There will be a socially distanced brief to set you off and then you can use the equipment for the remainder of the session. You will be requested to use hand gel on arrival and the equipment will be cleaned between sessions.

Please call the Reserve Managers on 07754 270980 to book your allocated slot. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time.

A donation in advance (card payment by phone) of £5 per family bubble is required in order to secure your booking. 

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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.

Undergrowth Newsletter

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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