The first Pear-bordered of the year and a seat

A local family have donated a seat to Grafton.  Its made from Grafton oak and constructed by Mr Wardle senior.  After trying out the volunteers efforts of seat making the thought that we needed something better.  The hole family helped to install it at the top of the orchard ride.

While waiting for the installation Miriam found the first Pearl-bordered Fritillary of the Year.

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Orange Tip and Migrant Birds

Cyril found Orange Tips last week and more today.

Birds:- Chiffchaff, Blackcap, and Willow Warbler.

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First Transect 2015

I waited until Easter Monday – what a lovely day  – 19 degrees

We broke the world records at Grafton for week one transect.  Butterflies 99 butterflies and 4 Orange Underwings. Brimstone 43, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Peacock 36, Comma 18.

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Start of the Transect Season

Tomorrow is the start Transect season – so I walked round Grafton today in a gale!  Just one Brimstone.  However loads of toads and Newts in the old pond – but these don’t count.  If anyone would like to help with transect walking at Grafton give me a ring on 01368 792 758.  The forecast is good for the weekend so I guess I will hang on for the first count.

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First Day of Spring

Spring is definitely here – the first Chiffchaff and the first Comma of the year.  Also a first for Grafton two snipe in the north conifer plot.

Colin and Hugh's Gate

Colin and Hugh’s Gate

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Last day of the 2014/5 Season

Two firsts for the last day of the 2014/5 season – One Trevor operating a rake with NO two stroke engine!!!!!

Two – for the first time ever we got the Mule stock and had to winch it out  – see pics.

SO NO MORE WORK PARTIES UNTIL NEXT AUGUST

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Look no Engine

Stubborn Mule and no Carrots  to tempt it out

Stubborn Mule and no Carrots to tempt it out

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The Great North Ride

Below some Before and After photographs of the Great North Ride.  3 Months Work.

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