Autumn is Here

Despite a temperature of 18 degrees Grafton starts to look autumnal.  So photographs of fungus and berries.  Still found a coupl

Fungus and Berries

Fungus and Berries

e of Red Admirals and lots of Common Darters.

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Good News

There is good news for Graftonians (I think).  WWT and BC have managed to purchase the 7 acres of woodland at the north of the wood called locally Laight’s Rough.  The wood is an ancient coppice similar to the rest as  Grafton and will be managed in a similar way – I hope.   Attached a new aerial  pic thanks to Mr and Mrs Young from Beckford.

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The Summer Weather Continues

Back to work parties at Grafton after a week’s holiday.  The summer weather goes on and we had good sightings of Butterflies.  We found Brimstone, Peacock, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood  – also a pic of Pink-barred Sallow on the coppice plot.  Dave and Colin went off the pond at lunchtime and found and photographed an October Brown Hairstreak.  On the way back to the car park we found Clouded Yellow and rare for this year a Painted Lady.

Pink Banded Sallow

Pink-barred Sallow

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Stihl working at 70

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October Hairstreak

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Painted Lady

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Work Parties

The Blackthorn cutting is now finished at Grafton and the coppicing started last Wednesday.  At lunchtime a female Brown Hairstreak was found by the pond.  Mike G has made and fitted a recording box fixed to the back of the main notice board.  So please add your records.

The Sunday work party today was very disappointing – only 3 volunteers attended.  Despite the numbers a good patch of coppice was cut.

BUT the best sighting was a first for Grafton – a Kingfisher by the pond.

Dark Bush Cricket

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End of August Transect

Transect today and found 3 Brow Hairstreaks – quite unusual for a transect. Several visitors had good views and photographs.

BHs sightings Eastern Hedge – Ride 14 by the main gate – the Pond Area and the top of the Orchard Ride on the Main Ride.

Other Species – Comma, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown and Peacock.

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Brown Hairstreak Day

A great success yesterday 50 plus people attended and I am sure that most of them saw and photographed a Brown Hairstreak. They also came back to the Village Hall for Grafton’s famous cakes and tea.

The thing we have learnt this year is that the Orchard is no longer the prime habitat for the species, by far the best place has been around the pond in the north of the wood.  We have a lot of managed Blackthorn in this area which is paying dividends.

The orchards is now closed again to the general public and I am sure that the egg laying will continue into October, so if you are planning a trip please go and look at the pond area.

It is important to note that the Orchard is an SSSI and the management specification is determined by Natural England not the land owner.  This has changed markedly in recent years and has very much affected butterfly population.

Pics Dave Williams

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Brown Hairstreak Sighting

Tony Pool sent these pic talken by the pond on Friday.

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