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Foxglove Covert’s first Eco Club meeting

Sunday, May 31st 2009

Foxglove Covert Eco Club had its first meeting today! The group went for a walk along Risedale Beck to see what they could find. The young nature detectives listened to Chiffchaffs, Wood Pigeon and Willow Warbers and spotted birds including a Grey Wagtail and a Treecreeper.


Some of the flowers identified along the route included Crosswort, Stitchwort, Bluebells, Water Avens, Bugle and Northern Marsh Orchids.

There were insects everywhere too. Crane flies, Mayflies and Butterflies all fluttered about the footpaths.
After a quick snack break, the group did some pond dipping. Water snails (some very large), Beetle Larvae, Caddis Fly larvae, Damselfly larvae and Toadpoles all landed in the observation sinks! Large Red Damselflies and Blue-tailed Damselflies were seen whizzing around in the sunshine.

Special thanks go to Elizabeth who has been the driving force behind the Eco Club and who has spent many hours preparing consent forms, worksheets and even an Eco Club diary for everyone in the group. Thank you too to Emma for helping out today and of course to all the children and their parents who have shown such an interest in our reserve.

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