Butterflies so far..

Despite the cold but sunny day – I did the butterfly transect yesterday.  Brimstone, Comma, Peacock and the first pics of Orange-tips.  It was so cold when the sun went it that a peacock sat on Jacqui’s hand for warmth.

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Bluebells

Yesterday started with a heavy snow storm but continued into a cold but sunny day.  The bluebells are out in Grafton but the heavy rain and more than usual footfall has made the ride and paths difficult.

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Grafton Bird Survey

First bird survey of 2016 – Robins and Wrens were the most numerous 23 and 21 respectively.  Chiffchaff  win the migrant race with 21 and 9 Blackcaps.

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What’s happening at the Badger Sett

Energetic spring cleaning is taking place at Grafton Badger Sett.  This is often associated birth of young – looking at the female this will not be long.  Both Fox and Wood Mouse came to help!!

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Ancient Trees

In 2001 inspired by the ancient around Grafton Wood Harry Green and I started the Worcestershire Ancient Tree Recording Project.  One of the great polards just north of the wood was one of the best.  At that time it as in good condition, however due to lack of care it is now completely dead.  See pic.

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First Butterfly Transect of 2016

A lovely afternoon and time for the first Transect of 2016- 20 Brimstone – 14 Comma but only 3 Peacock.  Poor compared with previous 2 years.  Also pic of a Bee-fly.

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Fox in the badger Sett

A fox is in residence in the badger sett at Grafton.  A lovely sunny day today  with loads of Brimstones and Commas.

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