Spring Has Sprung!

Thursday, March 24th 2022

The Toad migration is taking place at Foxglove as these comical amphibians make their way to their breeding grounds in the various ponds around the reserve.

They can be heard calling in the Scrapes and on the wetland.

Not only do visitor's need to take care as they drive along the access road…

...care must also be taken when walking around the trails! Although there is plenty of frogspawn to be seen in the ponds, no toadspawn has been discovered yet.

A few butterflies have been observed; so far Brimstone, Peacock and Comma are on the observation board.

There are still flocks of Brambling to be spotted from the Field Centre and the Lake Hide, they will be heading off soon on their journey back to Scandinavia. Out on Spigot Mere, Redshank, Lapwing, Black-headed Gulls and Oystercatchers have all been observed and at the end of last week a Red Kite flew over the reserve too.

As the weather gradually warms up, the list of species recorded increases. Several moths were found on the Field Centre walls this morning including Engrailed, Dotted Border and Shoulder Stripe. 

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Butterflies and Moths Treasure Trail

Friday 22nd July 2022 | During Reserve Opening Times

Enjoy a walk around the red route (easy access trail) and find the clues to learn all about these wonderful insects. 

Pick up a clue sheet from the Field Centre for only £1 and check your answers at the end.

No booking required as this is a selg guided activity! Please remember to bring a pencil from home.

The clues will be out for the duration of the school summer holidays (North Yorkshire dates).

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Wednesday 27th July 2022 | Various sessions available starting 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 of up to six people. 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. 

A donation of only £5 per group in advance will confirm your time slot.


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