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Weekly Round Up

Friday, July 3rd 2020

Orchids continue to flourish all over the reserve. The Field Centre garden is absolutely full of them at the moment and it is difficult to access the net ride without standing on them!

Staff and volunteers worked on improving a small section of footpath throughout the week. A power barrow really helped to speed up the job.

Fine stone dust was spread over the path to make it smoother and more wheelchair friendly.

Hayley learned a new skill; operating a wacker plate to compact the surface!

Metal strips for new waymarker posts were also sanded down and prepared for painting. These will be sprayed red and yellow next week when the weather is suitable.

A reminder that the reserve is now open. Visitors are requested to respect the 2 metre social distancing rule and observe any other safety signs and notices to help keep everyone safe. Please enjoy your visit and remember that it is your responsibility to follow the new guidance on staying safe outside your home.

Although we are not yet working as a group of volunteers, some people have started to trickle back and work as individuals or with other members of the same household on tasks around the reserve. If you would like to do some volunteering then you can call or email us to arrange a time. In order to minimise contact we are trying to allocate jobs at different times across the week. We hope to have the group up and running again as soon as the Government and MOD guidelines allow for this to happen. Our main priority is to keep everyone safe!


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Minibeast Safari 1

Wednesday 5th August 2020 | 45 minute sessions on the hour

Come along and find out which minibeasts are living in some of the habitats at Foxglove. Book a minibeast session for your family bubble of up to six people. There will be a socially distanced brief to set you off and then you can use the equipment for the remainder of the session. You will be requested to use hand gel on arrival and the equipment will be cleaned between sessions. Please call the Reserve Managers on 07754 270980 to book your allocated slot. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time. A donation in advance (card payment by phone) of £5 per family bubble is required in order to secure your booking. 



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Wednesday 12th August 2020 | Various time slots available

Come along and find out which minibeasts are living in some of the habitats at Foxglove. Book a minibeast session for your family bubble of up to six people. There will be a socially distanced brief to set you off and then you can use the equipment for the remainder of the session. You will be requested to use hand gel on arrival and the equipment will be cleaned between sessions. Please call the Reserve Managers on 07754 270980 to book your allocated slot. You are advised to arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time. A donation in advance (card payment by phone) of £5 per family bubble is required in order to secure your booking. 



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