40 people attended the annual butterfly walk the weather stayed good and all the target species were found. Silver Washed Fritillaries and White Admirals.
Thanks to Tony Murphy we have some people pics of the day. Thanks to Martyn who managed to net and pot all the target species.
I intend to Start Grafton Work Parties on Wednesday 13th August – continuing on until the end of March 2015. The Sunday work parties to start 14th September and continue on the second Sunday of the month until March 2015.
Tony Moore bred a Brown Hairstreak through from an egg and sent me the pupa by post. It emerged this morning – earliest ever pic for me. I released it and if went straight to thetop of an oak tree – it was a male.
Four groups from local wildlife societies visited Grafton this week to look at flower and butterflies. The weather stayed great despite the forecast.
Thanks to Martyn for catching and potting most species and to Miriam for providing tea and cakes back at the village hall. On Sunday we have the Grafton Butterfly Walk open to all – do come.
Good transect numbers at Grafton today. 38 Silver-washed and 18 White Admirals. Lovely to see the first Gate Keepers of the year. No Valazenas yet. Ringlets everywhere.
What a difference a week of sunshine makes from 52 to 295 butterflies on the transect 41 Silver Washed and 22 White Admirals. We also found Purple Hairstreak in the wood and the first Small Skipper. Plus a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.