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Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence commitment to Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve demonstrates the Defence Estates stated strategic aim to manage and develop the estate, in line with acknowledged best practice, giving due consideration to social and environmental factors and local Defence Communities.  Sustainable Development, Environmental Management and Biodiversity Targets are all achieved on the Reserve through community involvement, enhanced access opportunities and education.

Natural England

Natural England logoNatural England is here to conserve and enhance the natural environment for its intrinsic value, the wellbeing and enjoyment of people and the economic prosperity that it brings.

Natural England's purpose - to ensure that the natural environment is conserved, enhanced and managed for the benefit of present and future generations thereby contributing to sustainable development.

  • Promoting nature conservation and protecting biodiversity
  • Conserving and enhancing the landscape
  • Securing the provision and improvement of facilities for the study, understanding and enjoyment of the natural environment
  • Promoting access to the countryside, open spaces and encouraging open air recreation, and
  • Contributing in other ways to social and economic wellbeing through management of the natural environment.

The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

The Esmee Fairbairn FoundationThe Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life throughout the UK.  We do this by funding the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to achieve change for the better. We take pride in supporting work that might otherwise be considered difficult to fund.  Our primary interests are in the cultural life of the UK, education and learning, the natural environment and enabling disadvantaged people to participate more fully in society.


Yorventure logoYorventure is an independent not-for-profit Environmental Body that distributes grants through the Landfill Communities Fund with landfill tax credits generated by Yorwaste. Yorwaste operates five landfill sites throughout North Yorkshire. The tax money that Yorwaste reclaim is donated to Yorventure to distribute amongst community and environmental projects in the City of York and North Yorkshire that are within 10 miles of any of the Yorwaste sites at Scorton near Richmond, Skibeden near Skipton, Harewood Whin near York, Caulklands near Pickering and Seamer Carr near Scarborough.

John Spedan Lewis Foundation

John Spedan Lewis Foundation

The John Spedan Lewis Foundation has generously awarded us funding for the Constant Effort bird ringing programme carried out on site with a particular emphasis on training bird ringers of the future.

Europe investing in rural areas.

The access and environmental works at Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve, including the development of this website, have been undertaken as part of an Environmental Stewardship agreement with Natural England. It comes under the Government’s Rural Development Programme for England (2007-2013), and is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.

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