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

The Last Day of 2013

Wednesday, January 1st 2014

No change with the weather this morning as the flower hunters set off in the wet!  The Red Route was walked initially and Daisy was added to the list.  Unfortunately the Greater Spearwort had not survived.  Ann went hunting and she found a bud, which can't really be counted, but it may open during January so it will be checked regularly!

Ann flower hunting

Five flowers were recorded, Gorse, Daisy, Ragwort, Sowthistle and Creeping Thistle, not as many as last December.

A decision was made not to put the moth trap out last night, due to the low temperatures, but this morning there were five Early Moths on the front verandah.  These moths have a flight season of January and February and sometimes into March.  The larval food plants are Blackthorn and Hawthorn.   As yet I am unable to find what the adults feed on, if anything!

Before lunch volunteers carried out a variety of small tasks, nothing too energetic, as it is still holiday time.  Whilst we were lunching, talking and drinking tea we were able to watch many finches feeding in the back garden.

Chaffinch.

Chaffinch

Bullfinch.

Bullfinch

Goldfinch.

Goldfinch

The wind dropped, the rain stopped and even a little bit of sun made an appearance, so the back garden nets were put up.  Out of all the finches seen earlier only one was caught!  We think they had watched the nets go up and decided to go elsewhere to feed!!

After the chicks had been ringed in the nest boxes, early indications suggested that Blue Tits had not had a good breeding season.  The ringing results for 2013 have actually shown that they have not done badly at all, with 438 being ringed.  Today several came into the ringing room.

Blue Tits feeding

Two Great Tits ringed in the nest boxes were retrapped.  It is good to see that these birds are thriving.

As it started to get dark so the birds headed to roost for the night.  A question - where do they go? 

Several young birds were processed and they are recorded as age 3, meaning that they were hatched this year.  Tomorrow they will be aged  5, meaning that they were hatched last year. (The numbered code refers to when they were hatched not an actual age.)

As this year draws to a close the Foxglove Team send best wishes for 2014 to Friends and volunteers.  And also a huge thank you for all your support and work during 2013.

Happy New Year to you all.


(1) Comments:

Hutch responded on 1st Jan 2014 with...

This is still my favourite Nature Reserve, of all the ones I visit over the year from Aviemore ......south…. and all points in between.  Many thanks to Adam, ( and Sophie before she “retired”) Tony, Ruth, Brian, Elizabeth, Garth, Richard…......and all the rest, too numerous to mention, for making every visit to Foxglove a unique experience.

Have a great New Year and here’s to the next 100 new beasties/species for this coming year.

Have a good ‘un..

Hutch


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


January Winter Worky Day

Saturday 8th January 2022 | 10.00am - 3.00pm

Join our staff and volunteers for a fun day of practical habitat management tasks.  Specific tasks will be chosen nearer the time.  Come ready for all weather conditions and bring your oldest outdoor clothes as tasks will be mucky and may involve bonfires. 

Booking is essential for this FREE event as a hot cooked lunch will be provided. 



Richmond Coffee Morning

Thursday 14th April 2022 | 9.00am - 12 noon

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!



VIEW ALL EVENTS

Undergrowth Newsletter


Undergrowth Newsletter Winter 2020/21 Issue 54
{alt}

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