Thank yous and Bye Bye

Wednesday, August 9th 2023

Today Foxglove held a Family Day where there were various nature themed activities for the children.  These days do not happen on their own, but require a great deal of work by staff and volunteers.  At the end of the end of the day we all had a well earned cup of tea and cake.  It was also an opportunity to say 'bye bye' to Gerry. 

Gerry's many varied skills, over the time that he has worked at Foxglove, have made a huge difference to the reserve.  His humour, smile and encouragement on less than lovely weather days have kept the volunteers at work!  Many, many thanks for all your hard work.  Our best wishes follow you to your new job.  Good Luck.

Another thank you is for all the volunteers who helped prepare, run and tidy up the activities after the Family Day.  It was a long day where many familes enjoyed themselves.  Some of the children had the opportunity to look at our Common Lizards who were not really disturbed by their admirers!  It was good to see that we had a male, the green one and a female the brown one together to compare.  Several of our lizards are sort of mucky coloured!

Although the sun did not 'put its hat on' there were some butterflies around.  This Red Admiral, number one in the recent Butterfly Survey,  (orgnaised by Butterfly Conservation) was feeding on Hemp Agrimony.  

At the end of the afternoon there was a hatch of ants, the second this year.  These are the males and females leaving their nests to mate and set up new colonies.  We tend to think that we do not have many ants nests on the reserve, but judging by the numbers of ants flying, we do!  Ants are the food of the Green Woodpecker.

There is a Butterfly Trail on your left and a Bee Trail on your right as you walk around the Red Route.  There are sheets to go with these trails in the classroom in the Field Centre.  No need to book come and enjoy the walk around, finding out about the butterflies and bees that live in Foxglove Covert.

Thanks again to all the volunteers who helped today, your work was truly valued.


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