Ringing and Net Rides

Thursday, May 31st 2018

Members of the Foxglove Management Group met this morning to set out plans for future management of the reserve.  Clear priorities for this coming winter will be work on the Wetland and Heathland, and Willow coppicing in the final compartment of five under the 10-year Higher Level Stewardship agreement with Natural England.  This will form the framework for a first draft by the Reserve Managers of a new Management Plan for the reserve covering the next 3-5 years.

Once the meeting was finished, Management Group members headed off to do checks on nest boxes in local woods and over to Warcop.  There was still time to check a couple of nest boxes at Foxglove for Jackdaw chicks.  While one was empty, the second had four chicks in which have now been ringed.

Other volunteers were in today as well as those on the Management Group, and, with the weather being hotter than yesterday, most enjoyed the shade from the trees in the net rides as they trimmed back any growth that might catch in the nets during upcoming ringing days.  There was also time for a quick bit of plant identification as we scoured the Heathland for signs of Cross-leaved Heath (Erica tetralix).  As the native heather that enjoys more moist ground conditions, it was found in a lower lying dip and we hope it spreads to other damper patches within the Heathland.

(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

Owl Pellet Discovery - CANCELLED

Wednesday 8th April 2020 | 10.30am start

The events programme has been temporarily withdrawn. For up to date information this website, FaceBook and other forms of social media should be consulted. If you have donated in advance to secure a place on an event you will be contacted over the next few days and offered a refund. We apologise for this inconvenience.

Come and learn all about the different  owl species that live in North Yorkshire. Find out what they eat by dissecting their pellets and identifying the contents.  Recommended for ages 7 years upwards. 

Booking is essential as places are limited.

Suggested minimum donation of £5 per person. Please donate in advance to secure a place.

This event is free for Volunteers and Friends of the reserve.

Richmond Coffee Morning - POSTPONED

Thursday 9th April 2020 | 9.00am - 12 noon

Due to the current situation, the coffee morning has been postponed. The next is planned for October 22nd.

Come and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea or coffee and a 'sticky' at Richmond Town Hall.  There will be a raffle, tombola and a stall selling delicious homemade cakes!  All proceeds from this fundraising event go towards the running costs of the reserve. 

If you would like to donate any cakes or items for the raffle or tombola please take them to the field centre beforehand or to Richmond Town Hall on the day.  No need to book, just turn up!


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