Our response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation More details

Bird Ringing Update

Friday, May 23rd 2014

The bird ringers have been very busy over the last few weeks trying to check all of the nest boxes located on the training area. Several of the woods have now been visited, with more to go to over the coming days. High Spring Wood was carpeted with Bluebells and Early Purple Orchids, and looked fabulous in the evening sun.

 Pied Flycatcher nests were found here, all with the adults still sitting on eggs.

Lesley was lucky enough to find a Nuthatch nesting.  Nuthatch nests are easily recognisable as you approach the box; the adults seal around the opening with mud and clay reducing the size of the entrance hole. The nest itself is then lined loosely with dry leaves.

Many of the large boxes have been checked.  Forty nine Tawny Owls have been processed with one box left to return to. At least 40 Kestrel eggs have been found and looking back over results from recent years this could be the best breeding season for Kestrels for some time. The third species found in our large boxes is Jackdaws, and the last of these chicks was ringed earlier this week.

Redstarts did not have a particularly good season last year with very few nests found. This year looks like it could be more promising with one brood of chicks already ringed and more nests found to re-visit at a later date.

Thank you to all the bird ringers for the long hours and hard work put in, especially at this time of year!

(0) Comments:

There are no comments for this blog post yet. Why not start the discussion? - use the form below:

Leave a Comment:

Please complete this field, it's required. Your email address will not be displayed but it's required.

Your email address will not be displayed but it's required.

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Back to Top

Help Support Foxglove

Friends of Foxglove

The Friends of Foxglove Covert is for those individuals, families and organisations who would like to support the reserve through an annual membership subscription. Friends receive a regular newsletter and invitations to attend our various activities and social events.

More Details

Upcoming Events

January Winter Worky Day

Saturday 8th January 2022 | 10.00am - 3.00pm

Join our staff and volunteers for a fun day of practical habitat management tasks.  Specific tasks will be chosen nearer the time.  Come ready for all weather conditions and bring your oldest outdoor clothes as tasks will be mucky and may involve bonfires. 

Booking is essential for this FREE event as a hot cooked lunch will be provided. 

Richmond Coffee Morning

Thursday 14th April 2022 | 9.00am - 12 noon

Come and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea or coffee and a 'sticky' at Richmond Town Hall.  There will be a raffle, tombola and a stall selling delicious homemade cakes!  All proceeds from this fundraising event go towards the running costs of the reserve. 

If you would like to donate any cakes or items for the raffle or tombola please take them to the field centre beforehand or to Richmond Town Hall on the day. 

No need to book, just turn up!


Undergrowth Newsletter

Undergrowth Newsletter Winter 2020/21 Issue 54

Find out what has been going on at the reserve during the lockdown!

Read this Issue

View All The Newsletters

Recent Blog Posts

Blog Archive