The Covid-19 pandemic meant we had to cancel what would have been a full and exciting programme of events at both Foxearth Meadows and Wolf Fields during the spring and summer, including school half term activities, school visits, local community group visits, and our popular National Meadows Day celebration. Nevertheless, Foxearth Meadows, which includes a public footpath, saw a 200% increase in visitors throughout the period. Although Wolf Fields remained closed to the public, our Reserve Manager, Kailean Khongsai continued work on the planned art installation area and conducted other general site maintenance throughout.
The lockdown forced some major changes to A Rocha UK’s planned work at our reserves, but it has not stopped us working. Indeed, by adapting to the circumstances and making more use of technology we will be making the reserves much more accessible virtually, as well as physically, as the lockdown eases.
We are determined to enable many more people to enjoy nature at A Rocha UK’s sites during and beyond these strange times.
One method is to develop virtual tours, and we are delighted to announce our first, conducted by professional wildlife guide and writer David Chandler, who is also an A Rocha UK trustee. David filmed a virtual dragonfly walk for our supporters around Foxearth Meadows reserve during National Dragonfly Week (18 – 26 July).
You can now meet David in the car park of our rural nature reserve here for an exciting storytelling walk about the Big Island pond and to learn more about some of the magnificent dragonflies that have made our rural nature reserve their home.
Our weekly volunteer work parties on the reserves are back up and running on Wednesdays at Wolf Fields and Fridays at Foxearth Meadows. We are now also able to plan socially distanced activities on the reserves this Autumn. In the diary so far are the following, and we would love to see you at any of them:
– ‘Creationtide’ open air service at Foxearth Meadows on 13 September at 3pm.
– FoxeARTh ‘Art & Nature’ day on 26 September, 10:30am – 3pm.
– Harvest Celebration at Wolf Fields on 3 October, times tbc.
– Fruit growing and hedge planting training event at Wolf Fields, on 28 November, times tbc.
For details of these events, and information on our weekly volunteer work parties, please email our Reserve Managers: Mark.Prina@arocha.org (Foxearth Meadows) or Kailean.firstname.lastname@example.org (Wolf Fields)