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Escape to the North…

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016

It’s that time of year again, when we head north for the summer – up to Cape Wrath to ring seabirds. Good luck to those going with their packing, travelling and with ringing the birds up in Scotland! The data the team collect will be sent to the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) where it will be used as part of their Ringing Scheme. This scheme aims to monitor survival rates of birds and collect information about their movements. For more information on the work of the BTO see: http://www.bto.org/

Back at Foxglove we had a lovely Summer Solstice walk on Monday night. If you’re sad to have missed it then there’s another opportunity just gone up on our events page for a guided walk around the reserve. This time we’ll be looking at flowers. Come and join us on Monday 25th July at 6pm.

This week is National Insect Week! Today we delighted a group from Incy Wincy’s nursery with mini-beast hunting and tonight families are having more creepy-crawly fun at our “Insects Galore!” event. Bring your primary school-aged children along for an invertebrate-themed Eco Club this Saturday! See our events page for more details. https://www.foxglovecovert.org.uk/events/  Thank you to Elizabeth for all her help.

In other news, the tadpoles in the Field Centre tank are getting bigger fast. We have now released our first tiny frog back to the pond. Come and see the tadpoles while you still can - we are open to the public, you don't need to book!

If your kids love tadpoles, pond dipping and crafts then you can also bring them along to our amphibian event next Wednesday 29th June at 4:30pm!


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Wednesday 12th August 2020 | Various time slots available

Come along and find out which minibeasts are living in some of the habitats at Foxglove. Book a minibeast session for your family bubble of up to six people. There will be a socially distanced brief to set you off and then you can use the equipment for the remainder of the session. You will be requested to use hand gel on arrival and the equipment will be cleaned between sessions. Please call the Reserve Managers on 07754 270980 to book your allocated slot. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time. A donation in advance (card payment by phone) of £5 per family bubble is required in order to secure your booking. 



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Wednesday 19th August 2020 | 45 minute sessions on the hour

Come along and find out which animals are living in some of the Foxglove ponds. Book a pond dipping session for your family bubble of up to six people. There will be a socially distanced brief to set you off and then you can use the equipment for the remainder of the session. You will be requested to use hand gel on arrival and the net handles will be cleaned between sessions. Please call the Reserve Managers on 07754 270980 to book your allocated slot. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time. A donation in advance (card payment by phone) of £5 per family bubble is required in order to secure your booking.  There will be a socially distanced brief to set you off and then you can use the equipment for the remainder of the session. You will be requested to use hand gel on arrival and the net handles will be cleaned between sessions. Please call the Reserve Managers on 07754 270980 to book your allocated slot. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time. A donation in advance (card payment by phone) of £5 per family bubble is required in order to secure your booking. 



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