The Floods

Despite the winter rain and floods the work parties go on at Grafton.  Still staying mild with first female hazel flower.

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Early Spring

Signs of early spring at Grafton with flowers in bloom and hazel catkins out.

 

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Primsose

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Maintaining a Glade

Two weeks of work re-cutting the “Glade for Nothing”

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Brown Hairstreak Egg Count

Great result today. 133 eggs along the rides in Grafton Wood. Many in areas where young blackthorn has been encouraged by some great management by West Midlands BC volunteers.

From Mike Williams at the Egg Count on Saturday

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The Brown Hairstreak egg photographs were taken by Jenny May Stevens.  Jenny and a group of fellow enthusiasts are doing habitat work for Scarlet Tiger moth.  You can read all about it on their blog https://scarlettigerproject.wordpress.com/

 

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Nut Attack

Someone has been attacking the peanut feeder in my garden – guess who?

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Freezing Fog

Have you ever tried to light a fire in the wood when the branches are covered with frost?  Its not easy.  However you get some very atmospheric photographs.

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The South Coppice Plot – Complete

Celebration as the south coppice plot is completed.  We are now moving to ride and glade work on the western edge of the wood.

Pic of the first Primrose and also a Crystal Brain Fungus Myxarium nucleatum found on an oak stump – or Exidia nucleata

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Exidia nucleata (Schwein.) Burt – Crystal Brain Fungus

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