Recently a special North East task force was assembled to help out at a local nature reserve, Foxglove Covert, as part of our Lend-A-Hand scheme. The reserve encompasses ~100 acres of woodland, heath land, grassland, streams and ponds, with over 2,600 species of plants and animals calling it home.
Foxglove only has two full time staff members and is reliant on local volunteers and donations to support and maintain their conservation efforts.
Leyburn Quarry have a close relationship with the nature reserve, having worked closely with them in previous years in the construction of a standing stone monument and in the ringing and recording of rare and protected birds. As such they were eager to return again to help them out in whatever way they could. This time they joined with regular local volunteers to complete the less-showy but still much required work of cutting back encroaching vegetation, and pathway replacement and repairs. These pathways are essential to the continued running of the reserve as they allow local school groups, visitors and staff to navigate around Foxglove without damaging or interfering with wildlife or vegetation. The work was arduous but rewarding, with Foxglove staff commenting on how surprised and grateful they were with the amount of work that was completed in such a short period of time.
Thanks to all those who took part!