Brown Hairstreak Eggs

Yes its egg hunting season – at the work party on Wednesday Trevor was brush-cutting the ride edges and thought he found a Brown Hairstreak  egg on blackthorn – on investigation – Hugh and Dave W,  found 16 eggs within a few yards.  One branch had 6 eggs on.  See Dave’s photograph.

BHs Eggs

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The Winter Work Goes On

Dave Llewellyn the contractor came in and hallowed round the veteran oaks –  cutting a wide area along the north east edge of the wood.

The volunteers finished cutting 0.7ha coppice plot – just some brash to burn. This is the quickest ever to complete a plot.

Trevor and Peter started scalloping the ride through the old conifer plots with brushcutters.

Coppice Plot

Coppice Plot

Veteran Oaks

Veteran Oaks

Scalloed Rides

Scalloed Rides

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The Area Around Grafton

Grafton Wood has the advantage of being a reserve surrounded by non-intensively farmed grassland.  When I moved here 50 years ago there was no arable farming at all in the area.

Due to economics the arable farming has increased and now 35% of the wood edge is adjacent to arable fields.

See Photographs of the latest loss of grassland.

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The Bat Boxes

Coppicing goes on despite a rather poor turn out on Wednesday.

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Brown Long-eared Bat

While we were there James and the bat Group brave the drizzle to check on the bat boxes.  They were a bit reticent about checking the boxes with Hornet nests in but did find some Brown Long-eared Bats in one of the boxes.  Earlier in the year the also find a Brant’s bat.

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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

Stihl working at 70

Stihl working at 70

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October Hairstreak

Grafton Work Party & Upton Warren 240

Painted Lady

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