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Coronavirus Update

Friday, March 20th 2020

Circumstances globally at the moment are unprecedented and we are in unchartered waters. How life generally will pan out over the next six months is difficult to predict as are the spring and summer activities at Foxglove. It is our intention to keep the reserve open, if possible, but whether or not we will be able to achieve that is unknown at this stage.

Our main priority is to keep staff, volunteers and visitors as safe as possible. The reserve trails and hides remain open however, access to the Field Centre is now limited to the toilets only. Please use the hand sanitiser provided at the entrance way.

We have adopted the two metre rule, please respect this whilst on the reserve and keep a sensible distance away from staff and other visitors.

The events programme has been temporarily withdrawn. For up to date information this website, FaceBook and other forms of social media should be consulted. If you have donated in advance to secure a place on an event you will be contacted over the next few days and offered a refund. We apologise for this inconvenience.

The telephones will normally be manned during opening times. These are 01748 830045 (office) or 07754 270980 (mobile).

The reserve should always be open for walks and exercise unless notice is given to the contrary.

Keep well, keep safe and listen carefully to the advice given.

On a more positive note; the reserve is starting to come alive just now with signs of spring everywhere. There is a mass of frogspawn in the ponds through the scrapes and the Toads are beginning to arrive on their annual migration to their breeding grounds. Primroses and Bluebells are starting to show and the place is lifting with birds. There are still Brambling about and the first Chiffchaffs to arrive can be heard in the Willow Carr. There are plenty of Redpolls, Chaffinches and Bullfinches as well as the more usual common garden birds. Woodpeckers can be heard drumming in the woodland and up on the wetland and moorland, Lapwing and Curlew can be heard calling again too. A real sign of hope at this unsettling time. A walk around in the sunshine is just the right medicine if you are feeling concerned and provides welcome respite from the current situation. For those of you stuck at home, here is the view from the tower hide today!


Your continued support during this unusual period is extremely valued. 


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Meadow Mayhem

Saturday 4th July 2020 | 10.00am - 12 noon

Celebrate National Meadows Day!

Join us for a morning exploring the many wildflower meadows found at Foxglove. We will be learning how to ID wildflowers and grasses, as well as sweep netting for butterflies and insects and identifying them. This event is part of the Flowers of the Dales Festival

A minimum donation of £5 per person in advance to guarantee a place. Card payments can be taken by phone.

This event is free for Volunteers and Friends of the reserve.



Damsels and Dragons

Sunday 19th July 2020 | 1.00pm start

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Dragonfly and a Damselfly? Can you tell the difference between the different species of blue damselfly? Would you like to learn more about theses fascinating animals that have been around since prehistoric times? Join Keith Gittens for a walk around the beautiful Foxglove ponds (some of which are usually out of bounds to visitors) and observe as many different species as you can. Last year, a new species for the reserve was discovered on this event!

Booking is essential as places are limited. There is a donation of £5 per person to be paid in advance in order to secure a place. Payments now can be made on the phone.

This event is free for Volunteers and Friends of the reserve.



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