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The Fox's Knob

The Fox's Knob

The fox's Knob is the name of a sandstone cliff at Hawkstone Park and follies. Sandstone is a sedimentary rock. That means that it was formed when layers of debris collected on the beds of rivers, lakes or oceans and were squeezed together into rock over millions of years.

You can make your own layered sandstone. Mix together damp sand and wall filler, colour it with different food colourings. Then press different coloured layers into the bottom of a plastic lemonade bottle. Leave it for a few days to dry thoroughly and then cut away the plastic bottle.

Reynard's Everywhere

Reynard the Fox stories are popular throughout Northern Europe. Try to find some in the Library. When you have read one, try to do your own illustration.


Digitalis lanata is the correct Latin name for the pink flowers in this picture, but they are commonly known as woolly foxglove. Can you guess why? There are two different reasons given for the name:

1. The flowers look like gloves for foxes.

2. The word is a shortened form of 'folk's gloves'. Folks being fairies, so foxgloves are really  gloves  for fairies.

Although foxgloves are used to make medicine for people with heart trouble, they are very poisonous, so beware. Why not try to draw or paint some foxgloves.

Foxes Might be Closer Than You Think

Foxes are rubbish feeders and often come into towns to raid dustbins. Find out if any visit your home by spreading a 1cm layer of fine damp sand carefully smoothed with a plastic ruler next to your dustbins. Look for tracks in the morning. See if you can find out who your nocturnal visitors were.

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