Our response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation More details

New Life

Thursday, June 7th 2012

The bird ringers are continuing to check the nest boxes at Foxglove and ring chicks.  This young Blue Tit was ringed and as it had few feathers and only a little fluff its ears could be seen quite clearly.

Blue Tit Chick

The gape appears to be very large and out of proportion to the rest of the chick but it is important as it encourages the parents to feed the young.  Several days older, this Great Tit chick still has a bright yellow gape but is almost fully feathered and won't be long before it leaves the nest.

Great Tit Chick

It is not only the birds with young, but some of the plants are also in the process of producing seeds that will germinate next year. Sycamore trees are in flower and some are beginning to show the wings that will help to disperse the seed away from the parent plant, in the autumn.

Beginnings of a Sycamore Seed.

In the spring the tiny red flower of the Hazel was hunted and a few were found.  The beginnings of the Hazel nuts can now be seen covering the Hazel trees!  We must have been very unobservant to miss all these flowers!

A young Hazel Nut

The Bee Keepers brought some of their hives and put them onto the heath.  Today in the sun and warmth the bees were really busy collecting food for the young grubs that will soon turn into bees.

Bees at the bee hive

(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

Meadow Mayhem

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.

Damsels and Dragons

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.


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