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Foxglove Christmas Party

Thursday, December 14th 2017

Members of Foxglove Covert's Management Team, Reserve Managers past and present, volunteers and guests entered into the festive spirit at the annual Christmas Party held yesterday evening at Wathgill.  The evening started with a very testing quiz based on the Reserve, which had several sections including identifying species and locations found at Foxglove Covert, solving anagrams of the names of species, a wordsearch and even a spot of Maths based on facts related to wildlife.

The four-course meal was appreciated by everyone, although there was sometimes a question of whether attempts to lend a hand might prove the old saying of “Too many cooks…” correct.  But it didn't go unnoticed that the Management Group helped serve the meal and collect dishes at the end of each course.  The skills of the chef were outstanding with the main concern for some being not the quality but the quantity of the excellent food.

 

At the start of the meal, entertainment was provided by the Serenity Duo, who lived up to their promise of starting quietly and building their sound as the evening wore on.  They took a short break to enjoy the meal before running through a string of favourite songs until the quiz results were announced and the raffle was drawn.  Congratulations have to go to the Hayden family who showed their knowledge of Foxglove and its wildlife by consistently being among the highest scorers for each section of the quiz.

 

The commemoration of Foxglove Covert's 25th anniversary was marked by a celebratory cake.  At that point, most felt they couldn't eat any more, so pieces of cake were taken home by everyone.  The anniversary was also marked by a book of photos of the Reserve during its 25 years, presented to Tony to mark his efforts in establishing the Reserve over that period.  Both the cake and the book were donated by Elizabeth who had also done much of the work in bringing everything together to make the evening such a success.

Sadly, while everyone had a really good time, our thoughts were with Elizabeth who had not been able to come along for the evening due to illness, with a bad cough and a cold.  We wish her a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her (and Lottie) at Foxglove very soon.


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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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