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

Sightings Various

Monday, September 6th 2021

It was a day of various sightings, small and large.  A Wall butterfly was seen near Plover's Pool.  These butterflies are not often recorded at Foxglove.  Although many seed heads were in the area where it was flying, it did manage to find a flower to feed from.

Speckled Wood butterflies were not seen in large numbers earlier in the year but they are making up for it now.  Every sunny glade has at least one defedning its territory.

Whilst watching for 'dragons and damsels' a Common Blue butterfly was seen, unfortunately it did not rest.  On checking its flight season it can be seen right through to October.

Something a little larger was one of the Dexter bullocks on the wetland.  There are three Dexter cattle in this area and as well as eating some of the vegetation, they are poaching some of the ponds.

Some fungi are beginning to show their fruiting bodies, especially from the log piles.

The flower/hay meadow was cut at the weekend as the forecast was for no rain and warm weather, for the next few days.  These are the conditions needed to dry the sward once it is cut.  Ian came in this afternoon as the heat had dried the drizzly rain from the hay.   Once the hay starts to dry, it needs to be worked to promote curing.  This is called tedding which fluffs up the cut hay and allows the air and sun to contact the undersurfaces to promote drying.  The hay will be bailed in the next few days - before the rain arrives!  Thank you Ian.

(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

Pumpkin Trail

Saturday 23rd October 2021 | 10.00am - 3.00pm

Come to the reserve half term 23rd - 31st October and enjoy the autumn colours on the red route (Easy Access Trail) and search for the pumpkin clues along the way. Test your knowledge of the creatures associated with Halloween by answering the fun quiz which is available from the visitor centre for only 50p.

No need to book, come and enjoy some fresh air with your family bubble. Don't forget your wellies and a pencil!

Owl Pellet Discovery

Sunday 24th October 2021 | 11.00am start

Come and find out what the owls at Foxglove Covert have been eating by examining owl pellet contents.

Recommended for ages 7 years upwards. 

Booking is essential as places are limited.

Suggested minimum donation of £3.00 per person. Please donate in advance to secure a place.

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


Undergrowth Newsletter

Undergrowth Newsletter Winter 2020/21 Issue 54

Find out what has been going on at the reserve during the lockdown!

Read this Issue

View All The Newsletters

Recent Blog Posts

Blog Archive