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Wednesday, May 13th 2020

The bright spikes of Early Purple Orchids are starting to pop up all over the reserve. The bank that is managed especially for them by clearing the brambles in the autumn, is now full of these striking flowers.

They seem to be a little later than in previous years but are in good numbers.

The area of Blackthorn that was cleared by volunteers including staff and students from Risedale Sports and Community College and Mowbray School has been transformed. This patch was thick with prickly Blackthorn and took a lot of effort to clear. Here is a photograph of the regular conservation volunteer group from earlier in the year (before social distancing came in) having opened up a clearing.

Now, in the same spot, ferns are unfurling in the additional sunlight.

Wild Garlic has spread here too.

There are even a few orchids growing!

Volunteer help is really valued at Foxglove where people get involved in all kinds of ways. Even during this difficult time, people have continued to support the reserve in different ways. A lovely surprise last week was a delivery of some new wooden displays for the Field Centre that Bob had kindly crafted whilst staying at home.

These replace shabby old cardboard ones and have given the foyer a much needed lift. They are really appreciated.

The money donated to Foxglove by the Hunton Steam Gathering Committee at the start of March has been spent on new and much needed tools this week.

These were collected yesterday and will make a huge difference to the management of the habitats. The Management Group members and Reserve Managers are extremely grateful for this generous gift. Our thanks to Ian who nominated the registered charity for this donation and to the HSG Committee members for selecting Foxglove alongside a staggering thirteen other charities to benefit from their hard work.

Finally, the reserve remains closed this week but with Government and MOD advice it is hoped that it may be able to open again in some capacity soon. Please keep an eye both on here and on social media for any updates. 

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