Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve covers 100 acres of moorland edge adjacent to Cambrai Lines at Catterick and has a remarkable mix of habitats and species. The reserve contains semi-natural woodland, heathland, flower-rich grassland, streams, ponds, a lake, willow and alder carr, coniferous woodlands and wet meadows.

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Foxglove Volunteers have been awarded with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and is often described as the MBE for voluntary groups!

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Trinity Academy Richmond

Friday, June 24th 2022

Pupils from Trinity Academy in Richmond enjoyed a day out at Foxglove on Monday. Pond dipping was one of the activi... read more.

Butterflies and Moths

Sunday, June 19th 2022

When the sun shone and the wind dropped it was amazing to see what was flying around Foxglove.  A glimpse of blue c... read more.

Foxglove 30th Anniversary Raffle

Wednesday, June 15th 2022

It is 30 years since a small conservation area was established behind Cambrai Lines, Catterick Garrison, with finan... read more.

Nature Roundup

Sunday, June 12th 2022

Mark was out with his camera and caught this Oystercatcher in flight, and a Lapwing, over Spigot Mere. The middle ... read more.


Friday, June 10th 2022

The moth trap was set over Tuesday night with little hope of any moths, having looked at the weather forecast, wet and a... read more.

The Beginning of Summer

Tuesday, June 7th 2022

In the Scrapes the summer flowers are starting to unfurl their petals.  Yellow Flag Iris can now be seen amongst th... read more.

Royal Garden Party

Saturday, May 28th 2022

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service was awarded to the Foxglove Covert volunteer group last year. This is the hi... read more.

More Nature

Tuesday, May 24th 2022

Our moth trapping has not resulted in large numbers of moths just yet.  However one night certainly produced qualit... read more.

Discover Foxglove Covert

The patchwork of habitats across Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve is home to more than 2600 species. Discover the reserve habitats here on our website.

At the heart of the reserve is a modern, purpose-designed Field Centre, a great place to start your visit and learn more about the wildlife of Foxglove Covert. 500m from the Field Centre is a bespoke outdoor classroom.


Upcoming Events

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).


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


Learning for Everyone

For school parties and families of all ages there is so much to learn at Foxglove Covert LNR. Our Education Section includes downloadable activities and a planning guide for teachers visiting the reserve.

Find out about the diverse wildlife species living here on our reserve. Learn about our essential bird ringing and conservation work.


Planning Your Visit

Read our guide to help you plan your visit. The post code for satellite navigation is DL9 3PZ


Education Booking Enquiries

Use our online form to make a booking enquiry and choose your activities.


Access to the reserve

Access via Cambrai Lines front gate is always possible at any time during regular hours, outside normal opening hours is by arrangement only.

You will be asked to show photographic ID on entry to the barracks.

Opening Times

Year round opening times are:

Weekdays 9am-5pm
Weekends and Bank Holidays 10am-4pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day

Support a Winning Team

Foxglove Covert needs your support to continue our conservation work and maintain the wonderful habitats, facilities and events.

There are six ways you can help:

You can become a Foxglove Volunteer, join The Friends of Foxglove Covert; subscribe to the 100 Club, take part in our Adopt-A-Box scheme or buy goods from our shop or Amazon Smile.