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A Busy ‘Typical’ Day?

Wednesday, October 20th 2021

People often ask what a typical day at Foxglove is like.  The answer to that question is that there is never a typical day.  Each season has its own rhythm and autumn is no exception.  Trees are shedding their leaves and changing colour.

Identification of moths took place first thing this morning and the Sprawler was the first of its species to be caught at this time of year.  It is on the wing from now until December. 

As the weather was forecast calm and no rain until lunch time the nets were out to catch Redwings.  Another successful morning with 17 being caught.  Whilst you are out walking around keep glancing at the sky as these birds will flock across the reserve as they search for berries.

During the morning the volunteers began the preparations for the Coffee Morning at Richmond Town Hall tomorrow.  Pop in for a cup of tea or coffee if you are in Richmond.  You will be most welcome.

Another volunteer was checking the resources for Owl Pellet Discovery and the Pumpkin trail.  More information about these events can be found on the Events page.

Yet another volunteer who is leading the fungi walk on Friday was checking to see not only what fungi was on show but where they were.  Shaggy Ink Caps are a delight when fresh, but do not look so lovely as they go over and drip with a black liquid.  (Once used as ink by monks.)

Grey Knight lives up to its name, at least at Foxglove, as it likes to grow amongst the grey stones of the path.

The day was rounded off sorting and cleaning the cloakroom, entering the bird ringing data, and packing cars ready for tomorrow.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped.  Foxglove volunteers have such a varied range of skills to cover a multitude of tasks.  Tomorrow it will be coffee morning in Richmond and habitat management back at Foxglove, unless something else crops up!


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Saturday 8th January 2022 | 10.00am - 3.00pm

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