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Wednesday, July 7th 2010

Zigzag Clover

There were over 30 species of moth in the moth trap this morning. There were lots of familiar species such as Burnished Brass, Purple Clay, Elephant Hawkmoth and Peppered Moth. However, there were some new ones too. One of these was Scallop Shell, a beautiful moth with numerous, tightly-packed, contoured brown wavy crosslines. The other has been identified as a Blackneck (this is yet to be confirmed). The list of total species on the reserve is now almost 2000.

Pupils from Wavell Primary School came to Foxglove to learn about flowers and bees with Kate from Plantlife as part of the 'Wild About Plants' Bee Scene project. The children made a bumblebee to take home and carried out a bumblebee survey. They found plenty of wildflowers and the results of their survey showed that Foxglove Covert is a very good area for bumblebees! More information on this project is available from the Wild About Plants website: www.wildaboutplants.org.uk

Oxeye Daisy

Common Cat's-ear

Some of the flowers on the Bee Scene list are shown here on Elizabeth's photos. They are Zigzag Clover, Oxeye Daisy and Common Cat's-ear.

A couple of quick reminders. There will be a Foxglove coffee morning on Saturday in Bedale and we will be grateful of any help. This could be on the day making teas and coffees or providing some cakes to sell on the day. Please get in touch if you are able to lend a hand.

Secondly, could parents of children who attend eco-club please get in touch about the next few events as we have added some to the diary.


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Meadow Mayhem CANCELLED

Saturday 4th July 2020 | 10.00am - 12 noon

The events programme has been temporarily withdrawn. For up to date information this website, FaceBook and other forms of social media should be consulted. If you have donated in advance to secure a place on an event you will be contacted over the next few days and offered a refund. We apologise for this inconvenience.

Celebrate National Meadows Day!

Join us for a morning exploring the many wildflower meadows found at Foxglove. We will be learning how to ID wildflowers and grasses, as well as sweep netting for butterflies and insects and identifying them. This event is part of the Flowers of the Dales Festival

A minimum donation of £5 per person in advance to guarantee a place. Card payments can be taken by phone.

This event is free for Volunteers and Friends of the reserve.



Damsels and Dragons CANCELLED

Sunday 19th July 2020 | 1.00pm start

The events programme has been temporarily withdrawn. For up to date information this website, FaceBook and other forms of social media should be consulted. If you have donated in advance to secure a place on an event you will be contacted over the next few days and offered a refund. We apologise for this inconvenience.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Dragonfly and a Damselfly? Can you tell the difference between the different species of blue damselfly? Would you like to learn more about theses fascinating animals that have been around since prehistoric times? Join Keith Gittens for a walk around the beautiful Foxglove ponds (some of which are usually out of bounds to visitors) and observe as many different species as you can. Last year, a new species for the reserve was discovered on this event!

Booking is essential as places are limited. There is a donation of £5 per person to be paid in advance in order to secure a place. Payments now can be made on the phone.

This event is free for Volunteers and Friends of the reserve.



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