Forward Planning

Tuesday, January 7th 2020

Foxglove has the largest area of Willow Carr in Swaledale. This is managed by coppicing in blocks; there are five compartments and each is cut down to the ground every ten years in rotation. The result is healthy Willow of different ages to benefit the maximum number of wildlife species. Last year an area was cut and so this winter coppicing is not on the main list of jobs. However, next year's coppice block has become choked with Birch saplings. In an effort to make next winter's task easier, the Birch is being removed to allow the Willow to flourish.

The trees were relatively small and the brash was separated from the thicker trunks that will be useful eleswhere. This involved a lot of dragging however, with ten volunteers to help you could soon see the where the group had been and there were plenty of new glades for wildflowers.

Thank you to everyone for their hard work today, what a difference it has made!

Out on the moorland, the team from Coxon Brothers were also hard at work; they have been landscaping the pool at the end of the main wetland. This will link into Plover's Pool and will really improve the habitat for wading birds.

Pond restoration by the Coxon Brothers also continued along Risedale Beck and the second pond now has a new inflow pipe.

The dam that creates the depth of water around the pipe has been rebuilt to ensure that the pond is kept full during the summer.

It is quite a feature from the footpath, as are the newly restored ponds that were previously overgrown and drying out.

(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

Owl Pellet Discovery - CANCELLED

Wednesday 8th April 2020 | 10.30am start

The events programme has been temporarily withdrawn.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.

Come and learn all about the different  owl species that live in North Yorkshire. Find out what they eat by dissecting their pellets and identifying the contents.  Recommended for ages 7 years upwards. 

Booking is essential as places are limited.

Suggested minimum donation of £5 per person. Please donate in advance to secure a place.

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

Richmond Coffee Morning - POSTPONED

Thursday 9th April 2020 | 9.00am - 12 noon

Due to the current situation, the coffee morning has been postponed. The next is planned for October 22nd.

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

The Dragonflies of Strensall and Foxglove Covert

This book has been published with the aim of enabling people visiting these, immensely important Flagship Pond Sites in North Yorkshire, to identify the dragonflies and damselflies they encounter - by reference to a simple text and photographs. Credits - Yorkshire Dragonfly Group & Freshwater Habitats Trust

Read this Issue

View All The Newsletters

Recent Blog Posts

Blog Archive