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Exploring For Fungi

Friday, October 25th 2019

One advantage of the recent rain is that fungi have fruited all over the reserve. On Wednesday, a group lead by Christine Meek, explored Foxglove to see how many different species they could find. They found some beautiful specimens including this Conifer Tuft.

The well known red and white toadstool, Fly Agaric, was observed in several places. This photo shows the underside. When identifying fungi the structure of the gills is key. 

Another common species is Candlesnuff fungi, also known as 'Stag's Horn'. It grows on dead or rotting wood.

Not all fungi lives on rotten wood; some species of bracket fungi are parasytic and live on live trees like this one.

Our thanks to Christine for leading the walk which was on a perfect crisp autumn day!

Since Monday, a further eight Redwing have been ringed and this Redpoll also made an appearance in the ringing room!


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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.



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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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