Now for the good news….

A walk round Grafton today showed poor numbers of butterflies – however dragonflies and damselflies were emerging in numbers.  Broad-bodied Chaser, Four-spoted Chaser, Azure and Large Red Damselfly and Beautiful Demoiselle.  After watching male and female Cuckoo for some time the day was capped by a Red Kite flying over the wood.

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Peacocks at Grafton

The autumn numbers of Peacock were very low in 2015, suggesting that there was a poor breeding season for this species. The Peacock hibernates as an adult so we were expecting a poor emergence this spring.  in 2015 the spring numbers for Peacock at Grafton was 191 this spring only 38.  So our worst suspicions have been confirmed.


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Two New Species for 2016 at Grafton

Butterfly Transect today – Small Copper and Holly Blue were found at Grafton.  Still no sign of Pearl-bordered Fritillary. Large Red Damselfly is on the pond in good numbers.


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The sun at last

After a week of cold wet weather when a Butterfly Transect was not possible the sun came out today and  so we did a butterflies. Both butterfly and bird survey were done at Grafton.  Brimstones won the the butterfly count but good numbers on Orange Tips and a few Green-veined Whites were recorded.

Robin, Wren and Chiffchaff are the commonest birds.


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Tiddesley Wood

Despite the dull weather the Open Day was well attended.  The West Midlands Branch of Butterfly Conservation stall was packed for most of the day with interest in the new book -Butterflies of the West Midlands.  The book is available from the end of this week.


Available this Week


Children – “make a butterfly”


Ordering the New Book

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Bird Transect

I did the Bird Transect at Grafton today – Lesser Whitethroat on the way to the wood and a Common Whitethroat in the old conifer plot but still no Garden Warblers yet. Just a few Early Purple Orchids out and Bluebells at their best.


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Tiddesley Wood Open Day

Visit Butterfly Conservation Stand at Tiddesley Wood 30th open day on Sunday 1st May.

Butterfly walks and great refreshments.  Find out about the new West Midlands Butterfly Book


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