Things of Interest

Monday, August 7th 2017

As the season moves on, happenings at Foxglove follow – this weekend with the cutting of our wildflower meadow now the flowers have set seed. The cut is drying ready for baling and removal.

Our bluebells are long over and gone to seed (mid May is usually the best time to see them in case you were wondering). However, keep an eye out as you walk across our moor for harebells (also known as the bluebell of Scotland) which are looking beautiful!

Adjusting a couple of tree ties on my walk round the reserve today I spotted a tree that someone had decided needed two… and tucked between the ties was this neatly built wren nest.

If you see something interesting or beautiful (or both) on your visit – why not take a picture and enter it in our photo competition? More details can be found here.


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