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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

Upcoming Events

Bat Box Checks *FULLY BOOKED*

Wednesday 20th September 2017

9:30am – 11:30am


*FULLY BOOKED*
Join licensed members of local bat groups to visit some of the bat boxes and find out how they have been used. An opportunity to ask experts questions about bats and to hopefully see bats, live in the hand! Spaces are limited. Booking available to sponsors on our Adopt-a-box scheme only until a week before the event, when any spare spaces will be open to all. Suggested donation of £3 per person for attendees who are not sponsors on our Adopt-a-box scheme. This event is subject to suitable weather conditions.

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Awesome Autumn

Monday 23rd October 2017

1pm - 3pm


Explore the changes that autumn brings and find out what some of the plants and animals on the reserve are doing! Suggested donation is £3 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential.

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Owl Pellet Discovery

Wednesday 25th October 2017

10am - 12noon


Come and learn about owls and discover what they have been eating by dissecting and identifying the contents of owl pellets. Suggested donation is £3 per child. Recommended for ages 6 years upwards. Booking is essential.

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Halloween

Friday 27th October 2017

10.30am - 12.30pm


Join us for a spooky morning filled with arts and crafts activities. There will be a £5 charge per child for this event to cover the cost of materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential.

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November Winter Work Day

Saturday 4th November 2017

10am - 3pm


Join our volunteers and reserve managers for a fun Saturday 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 as a hot cooked lunch will be provided. FREE.

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Coffee Morning at Richmond Town Hall

Thursday 9th November 2017

9am – 12noon


Join our volunteers for a cup of coffee, a few biscuits and a chat down 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 and tombola please take them to the Field Centre or to Richmond Town Hall on the Day. Just turn up!

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The Way I See It

Friday 24th November 2017

7:00pm for 7:30pm start


An audio-visual presentation by John Webster ARPS, MPAGB. At Wathgill Army Camp, Downholme, DL11 6AH (between Leyburn and Richmond). Admission by £10 ticket (available at the Field Centre) which includes a buffet supper.

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December Winter Work Day

Saturday 2nd December 2017

10am - 3pm


Join our volunteers and reserve managers for a fun Saturday 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 as a hot cooked lunch will be provided. FREE.

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Festive Willow Wreaths 1

Wednesday 6th December 2017

10am – 12noon


We will be making Christmas decorations from coppiced willow. Come along and join in and take away some wreaths for yourself or to give away as gifts. Cost of the session is £5 towards the cost of materials. Suitable for all the family. Booking is essential.

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Festive Willow Wreaths 2

Wednesday 20th December 2017

10am – 12noon


We will be making Christmas decorations from coppiced willow. Come along and join in and take away some wreaths for yourself or to give away as gifts. Cost of the session is £5 towards the cost of materials. Suitable for all the family. Booking is essential.

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Tracks and Signs

Wednesday 3rd January 2018

10am – 12noon


Join us in looking for evidence of some of our more elusive wildlife. What have they left behind? What else can we spot on the reserve in the winter? Suggested donation of £3 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential.

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January Winter Work Day

Saturday 6th January 2018

10am - 3pm


Join our volunteers and reserve managers for a fun Saturday 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 as a hot cooked lunch will be provided. FREE.

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February Winter Work Day

Saturday 3rd February 2018

10am - 3pm


Join our volunteers and reserve managers for a fun Saturday 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 as a hot cooked lunch will be provided. FREE.

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Bird Box Building

Wednesday 14th February 2018

10am – 12noon


A walk around the reserve to look at some of our nest boxes and to discuss how they have been used, then building bird boxes to take home! Suggested donation is £2.50 per participant plus £3.50 per box built to cover the cost of materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential.

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Wonderful Water

Friday 16th February 2018

10am – 12noon


Please bring wellies for wet, watery adventures! Have fun with water and find lots of it on a walk around the reserve. Suggested donation is £3 per child.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential.

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March Winter Work Day

Saturday 3rd March 2018

10am - 3pm


Join our volunteers and reserve managers for a fun Saturday 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 as a hot cooked lunch will be provided. FREE.

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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.


Foxglove Bodgers

Third Sunday of the month - 10.30am start


Meeting around the workshop, the bodger group is for people interested in learning more about traditional craft and heritage skills.  The group focuses on greenwood working making everything from stools to whistles, with demonstrations from some very knowledgeable enthusiasts.  There will also be occasional demonstrations from other crafts people including a blacksmith, potter, rope maker, boat builders and many others.


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