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A Very Busy Day

Wednesday, June 20th 2018

If you wanted to choose a day that showed the many sides of Foxglove Covert, today would have been a good one to choose.  The moth trap had been put out on Tuesday evening so a first task was identification.   

While that was going on, we had staff and pupils from Barnard Castle School in to do pond dipping, minibeast hunting and looking at Foxglove's range of habitats.  Our regular group from Risedale School were also in helping with practical work around the reserve.

Dr Roger Key ran a workshop on “Invertebrate Identification for Adults” for much of the day with one participant finding the Great Spruce Aphid (Cinara piceae) but on a Pine tree rather than a Spruce.  It's likely that this was on the look out for a suitable Spruce tree to call home and hadn't quite got there yet!

In the afternoon, we had a visit from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation's Executive Committee who had a walk through the reserve with Sophie, Chair of the Management Group before meeting other Management Group members, volunteers and staff for tea and cakes in the Field Centre.

One member of the Executive Committee was the Chief Operating Officer, Geoffrey Robinson, who had previously visited last November.  Then he had picked up a jar of Foxglove honey and he made sure that he bought another jar today.  The Committee left having thoroughly enjoyed their visit, including the cakes.

It had been a very busy day and many people had contributed to making it a success.  Thanks in particular to the pupils from Risedale School who did a brilliant job in helping to tidy around the Field Centre.  The day was rounded off with a quick check on one of the camera traps with the bonus of finding a Roe Doe and her two fawns moving quietly among the conifers.


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