Brown Hairstreak Day

It Rained……..

Despite the weather over 60 people came to Brown Hairstreak Day.  For the first time in 18 years no BHs were found.  Thank goodness for Miriam’s famous cakes to keep people happy.  Thanks everyone for your support.

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Brown Hairstreak Sightings

Females egg laying yesterday locations marked on map.  Forecast for Sunday is now showing NO RAIN!!!

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Work Party and visitors…….

Getting close to Brown Hairstreak Day  – a work party on Wednesday cutting blackthorn before egg laying of Brown Hairstreak.

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JT tells visitors from Scotland where to find BHs while Cyril mends the Mule canopy.

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Dave W finds a female BHs.

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Visitors from Warwickshire today – only one Bhs found.

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Brown Hairstreak sightings….

A number of people reported Brown Hairstreak sightings at Grafton on Saturday.  High on the ash trees, on hemp agrimony and on thistle.

Photograph by Stephen F

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Brown Hairstreak Day

Sunday 30th August is the best chance to see Brown Hairstreak at Grafton Wood.  We meet at Grafton Flyford 3 parishes Hall just before 11:00 and groups will leave for the wood at 11:00.  On return there will be refreshments available at the hall – with Miriam’s famous cakes and rolls.

This is the best year ever for this species so fingers crossed for some good weather.

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While I was away…

While I was away in Devon faithful Brown Hairstreaks were at Grafton.  Dave W reports:

Made the trip to Grafton last Sunday afternoon and quite a few Brown Hairstreak hunters were very happy because Boris the male made his customary appearance on the hemp agrimony by the new pond so we made about 10 people who had never seen a BH before highly delighted. 1 lady who was staying with her sister in Broughton Hackett lives in Dubai and had never seen or photographed one before.”

Dave’s pics 

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Mean while yesterday a very small but beautifully formed gang of workers did more blackthorn cutting for the hairstreaks.  We need help next Wednesday 10:00 at the Church.

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Back to Grafton

Back to Grafton after a few days holiday and the Transect count has gone down from 400 to 100 and no Brown Hairstreak today for the first time.

Silver Washed, Peacock, Brown Argus, very small Common Blues were seen plus a huge Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar.  Work party tomorrow again.

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