White-letter Hairstreak

2 White Letter Hairstreaks today at Grafton Wood only 3rd ever record.

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Later today more White-letters and some Purple Hairtreak too all on Hemp Agrimony.

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Blackthorn Cutting

We need to start Blackthorn cutting at Grafton Wood for Brown Hairstreak at this time of year.  So we intend to start on 12th August meeting at Grafton Flyford Church at 10:00.

Do come and join us.  All tools supplied just bring a pair of strong gardening gloves.

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Transect Numbers now past their peak

Transect numbers down to 400+.  White Admiral just a few but Silver-washed still in good numbers.  The first Valazena seen yesterday.  The feature of this year is the number of Purple Hairstreak seen on the Transect coming down to ground level.  First Emerald Damselfly yesterday and also a caterpillar of the Alder Moth.

Black-and-Yellow Longhorn Beetle

Black-and-Yellow Longhorn Beetle

Female Silver-washed

Female Silver-washed

Alder Moth Caterpillar

Alder Moth Caterpillar

Emerald Damselfly

Emerald Damselfly

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Mid Summer…..

A butterfly that symbolises mid-summer for me is the Gatekeeper.  Below Male and the first Female I have seen this year.  Also on the pond a Ruddy Darter.  Now we are just waiting for a Brown Hairstreak.

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The Launch of The Big Butterfly Count

The “Big Butterfly Count” was launch at Grafton yesterday with a walk round the wood in glorious sunshine.  Around 40 people attended and all the target species were seen.  After we retired to the village hall for Miriam’s famous tea and cakes.

Photo by Paul

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Grafton is ready for the Open Day

All the rides are mown and 608 butterflies were found in the Transect today so all is ready for the open day tomorrow at 2:00.  The start of the Big Butterfly Count.

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A Week of Visits

Wild life groups visit Grafton this week some in good weather and some in poor.  Most were able to see good numbers of butterflies which augurs well for the open day on Sunday

In the Rain

In the Rain

In the Sunshine

In the Sunshine

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