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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

Owl Pellet Discovery

Monday 26th July 2021
10.00am 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 £2.50 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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Family Pond Dipping 1

Wednesday 28th July 2021
45 minute sessions 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. 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. 

Booking is essential. 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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Family Pond Dipping 2

Wednesday 4th August 2021
45 minute sessions 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. 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. 

Booking is essential. 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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Moth Morning

Thursday 5th August 2021
8.00am start

Join Charlie Fletcher (County Recorder for moths) as he identifies different species moths that have been caught in the overnight traps across the reserve. 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.

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Wildlife Craft Activity - Make a Bird Feeder

Monday 9th August 2021
10.00am - 3.00pm

Come along and make a bird feeder for the garden birds. You can take it home to put in your garden or hang it in a tree on the reserve. This is a drop in session so no need to book in advance. A donation of £1 per feeder would be appreciated on the day to cover costs.

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Wildlife Craft Activity - Make a Butterfly Feeder

Monday 16th August 2021
10.00am - 3.00pm

Come along and make a butterfly feeder. You can take it home to put in your garden or hang it in a tree on the reserve. This is a drop in session so no need to book in advance. A donation of £1 per feeder would be appreciated on the day.

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Family Minibeast Safari

Wednesday 25th August 2021
45 minute sessions 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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Bee Happy Day!

Monday 30th August 2021
10.00am start

Come along to celebrate all things bee! Do you know the difference between honey bees, bumble bees and wasps? There will be lots of different activities throughout the day with local beekeepers to help you learn all about these amazing insects. 

There is no need to book, just turn up! Donations welcome on the day.

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Family Pond Dipping 3

Wednesday 1st September 2021
45 minute sessions 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. 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. 

Booking is essential. 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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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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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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