The wonderful variety of habitats at Foxglove Covert LNR is home to over 2200 species of plants, birds, butterflies and other animals, with still many more waiting to be discovered. It is an important site for people as well as wildlife, a fascinating area for scientific study and a marvellous place to enjoy the natural world.
Over 670 different species of plant have been recorded as resident on the reserve and this includes some local rarities like Pepper saxifrage. The diverse record of plants means that there is a wide choice of habitats for the resident animals to exploit.
Over 1000 species of invertebrates have been recorded on the reserve of which, by far the largest proportion are insects. The number probably reflects the limited amount of surveying and monitoring effort which has gone into this area in past years and the figures are likely to rise dramatically in the future.
There are 142 different vertebrate species. They are made up of the greater part by birds, of which some 106 species have been identified. This is hardly surprising, given the amount of work done in the area of bird-ringing.