Brock on the Beck and some more numbers!

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

Most of the volunteers were hard at work in the mist clearing scrub from a small patch of heathland today. Others cleared leaves from footpaths and helped out with a school group visit. Where would we be without all of this help?! In total, volunteers have spent 1560 days working for Foxglove Covert this year. This equates to £78, 000 worth of work. This help has been in a whole manner of different ways from baking cakes and selling raffle tickets to digging out pond weed, rounding up cattle and raking hay meadows!

Here are a few people enjoying a well earned cup of tea at the end of today's task.

Well earned break

A new way that one person has been able to help is by setting out his remote camera on the site. Despite our best efforts to capture an Otter, so far Fox, Pigeon, Rabbit and Roe deer have made an appearance along with this stunning Heron.


Another great record is this photograph of a Badger. Signs of this elusive animal have been seen for quite a while but this is the first photographic evidence of a Badger at Foxglove. Thank you Ken for these interesting pictures.


Pupils from two different schools enjoyed an Autumn visit to the reserve. Students from the Dales School helped to burn brash on a bonfire whilst children from Appleton Wiske Primary School explored various habitats to support their classroom topic 'Animals and Us'. To date, 1592 people have benefitted from an educational visit to Foxglove in 2011, another impressive figure for a Local Nature Reserve.

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