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Wednesday, May 12th 2021

A relatively short time ago the fire risk was high and the ground so dry that it was showing cracks, now after rain it is very wet.  The lake, ponds and becks are full.  The cold days and nights have held back the flowers and only now are some beginning to flower.

Bluebells are bending their heads and covering banks with blue.

Hidden away out of sight, the Early Purple Orchids are showing their beautiful purple colour in amongst the Bluebells.

Not long after leaving the entrance gate on your right, usually unseen, as it is tall and mixed in with other trees and shrubs is an apple tree coming into bloom.

In some of the ponds the tadpoles were swimming around, now that the water temperature is rising a little.

When the sun came out and the temperature rose so one or two butterflies could be spotted.  This one eventually settled on a leaf.  It is a male Orange Tip, the orange showing through its closed wings.

The honey bees were making the most of the warmth and returning to the hive with plenty of pollen.  Not the easiest of species to capture on 'film'!


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Family Pond Dipping 1

Wednesday 28th July 2021 | 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. 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. 

Booking is essential. A donation in advance (card payment by phone) of £5 per family bubble is required in order to secure your booking. 



Family Pond Dipping 2

Wednesday 4th August 2021 | 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. 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. 

Booking is essential. 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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