Moor than just a Nature Reserve!

Wednesday, October 3rd 2012

There are two ancient hedgelines on the moorland that have been re-planted as part of the HLS (Higher Level Stewardship scheme). The idea is that these will act as corridors for wildlife between the nature reserve and the wider army training area. Volunteers weeded out the native hedge yesterday to allow the young saplings to flourish as they were becoming choked with long grasses. Foxglove Covert is classed as an 'urban farm' under this agricultural scheme and the cattle and sheep are always of interest to visitors and especially local school children.

Ancient Hedge

The Gorse bushes on the moorland provide welcome shelter even to the hardy Swaledale sheep when the weather is cold. There was definitely a wintery feel up the moor today!

Sheep on moor

The Dexter cattle are enjoying a pro-longed visit to the reserve as their fields back in Bedale were badly flooded last week.

Dexter cow

There is a winter worky day on Saturday. In return for your hard work there will be a hot meal at lunch time and plenty of home baked cakes too. Please see the events section for further details. There is also a possibility of a visit to Donna Nook to experience the Grey Seal pupping in mid November. This would be for Friends and volunteers of Foxglove. If you are interested then please let Adam or Sophie know, there would be a charge to cover transport.


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Leap Into Nature!

Saturday 29th February 2020 | 10.30am start

Celebrate the Leap Year by learning about the hidden wildlife at the reserve. We will begin by identifying the moths in the moth trap (weather permitting) and then take a walk around the different habitats to see what is about. 

Come with a notepad to log the number of species, come with a camera to take some wonderful photos, or just come along as you are for a beautiful, enjoyable, informative walk.

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March Winter Worky Day

Saturday 7th March 2020 | 10.00am - 3.00pm

Join our staff and volunteers for a fun day of practical habitat management tasks.  Specific tasks will be chosen nearer the time.  Come ready for all weather conditions and bring your oldest outdoor clothes as tasks will be mucky and may involve bonfires.

Booking is essential for this FREE event as a hot cooked lunch will be provided along with delicious homemade cakes.



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