Strong Support

Sunday, February 27th 2022

Last week, Colonel Billings (Comd DTE UK) pictured here with Colonel Holden (Comd DTE North) visited Foxglove to discover more about the reserve and how it links in to the local community. The short visit was well timed with a welcome sunny spell between wintry showers; blue sky and a dusting of snow created a perfect photo opportunity.

Foxglove Covert is the only designated Local Nature Reserve on MOD land and has always benefitted from financial support from the Defence Training Estate. Not only does the Army help to fund the warden's salaries, it also assists with a vital forestry project each year. This year, the funding is being spent on making the Ash trees that are suffering from Ash Dieback safe. This type of arboriculture is highly dangerous and requires the skills of professionals. If you look closely at the picture here you should beable to make out the Tree Surgeon high up in the canopy.

Where possible, the trees are 'monolithed' which involves removing the largest limbs and leaving the main trunk standing. This is especially beneficial to the wildlife as many species of invertebrates, birds and bats can all live in the remaining wood. Although the trees appear to be healthy from the outside, you can see from the photograph below that they are completely rotten on the inside.

The Greenworks fund has also been spent on removing other 'dead, dying, diseased or dangerous' trees around the reserve. This is the motto of Tree Surgeon Sean Stockdale who has carried out the work!

Storm Arwen caused a huge amount of damage as the wind came from an unusual direction. However, the good news is that because of all of the forward planning and effort to make the biggest Ash trees safe over the past two winters, the other named storms have not caused a lot of damage which goes to show how valuable this generous support is.


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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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